After the landmark meeting in Havana between President Obama and Raul Castro, it is tempting to say that the process or re-establishing a relationship with Cuba is complete. But 55 years of history cannot be simply forgotten – and elements on both sides of the Florida Strait have incentives to throw up roadblocks to further engagement.
There are still a number of steps both countries need to take in order to truly make the relationship between Cuba and the United States a normal one, ranging from a lifting of the embargo by the US Congress to a decision by the Cuban government on how to deal with the over $7 billion claims by American companies on assets nationalized after the revolution.
So far, the rapprochement between Cuba and the United States has been a great lesson in how effective diplomacy can build national security in the 21st Century. America can become stronger, safer, and more prosperous by encouraging openness with our neighbors. Now, both sides must engage in a series of confidence-building measures that can
The American Security Project’s initiative – “Pathways to the Future of US-Cuba Relations” – examines how to build confidence between Cuba and the United States in a series of discreet areas:
ASP looks forward to helping build a closer relationship between the governments of the United States and Cuba. Even more importantly, ASP hopes to build a long-lasting relationship between the people of the United States and the people of Cuba.