A New Chapter in US-Cuba Relations: Social, Political, and by Eric Hershberg, William M. LeoGrande (eds.)

By Eric Hershberg, William M. LeoGrande (eds.)

This e-book explores the varied results of Presidents Obama and Castro brokering a rapprochement among the us and Cuba after greater than part a century of estrangement. financial, political, social, and cultural dynamics are analyzed in available style via major specialists from Cuba, the USA, Europe, and Latin the United States. What possibilities come up in the course of the beginning of diplomatic family, and what matters might be hindrances to normalization? What are the consequences for the Cuban economic climate, for its political process, and for ties with contributors of the Cuban diaspora? What are the consequences for US relatives in different places in Latin the USA? This up to date account addresses those and different questions about this new course in US-Cuban kin.

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17–18). In the case of Cuba and the United States, the latter country plans and discusses its foreign policy strategy as a Great Power, while the former does so as a small, vulnerable, and developing state. Although the constitutive rules of international society demand that the sovereignty of individual nations be recognized and the sovereignty of Great Powers be managed (Bull 2012), tensions exist amid these specified principles and their acceptance by respective governments. The English School, some constructivists, and asymmetric relations theorists emphasize the role of history in the advancement of cultural structures (legal, behavioral, and attitude-related) between states (Buzan and Little 2000; Wendt 1999).

292). While standing in another’s shoes is the essential activity in pursuit of empathy, it is insufficient alone. In addition, policymakers must see their own country’s behavior as the adversary does. Empathy is grounded in three requirements. Each adversary must: (1) acknowledge its opponent’s understandable anger; (2) recognize the other side’s fear of being attacked; and (3) believe that its opponent wants a workable peace (White 1984, pp. 162–63; see also Blight and Lang 2010). Consider how positively Cuba responded when President Obama empathetically acknowledged on December 17 that the United States “tried to overthrow” the Cuban government with the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion.

Eventually, economic and social ties can displace security concerns and reinforce a history of cooperation and mutual gain that counterbalances the memories of hostility. The logics of engagement are also strengthened when they are grounded in a broader system of regional norms and practices. A trajectory of cooperation and management of differences serves to reaffirm each country’s respect for the other’s status as a superpower and a sovereign country, respectively. With time, constituencies will develop that are interested in reinforcing the agreement.

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