United States and Cuba to reopen embassies in Washington and Havana
Phil Goduti, an adjunct professor of history, is available to discuss today's announcement that the United States and Cuba will reopen embassies in Washington and Havana for the first time in more than 50 years.
"Reestablishing relations with Cuba points to the evolution of American foreign policy in the last 50 years," Goduti said. "Cuba was once a place where Americans like Ernest Hemingway went for inspiration in the 1930s and 40s. In the 1960s, it became a hotbed for the Cold War. Events such as the Bay of Pigs in 1961 and a near nuclear exchange between the Soviet Union and the United States under JFK in 1962 created further tension in the relationship between the Cuban government and the United States. The current president, Raul Castro, was instrumental in the revolution that brought the government to power in 1959. Opening an embassy in Cuba, in addition to negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program, demonstrates that American foreign policy has moved beyond a zero-sum philosophy and is embracing a realpolitik approach more like the days of FDR."
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