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Relations between Cuba and the United States, 1959–2009

Paolo Spadoni

in Failed Sanctions

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780813035154
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038896 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813035154.003.0002
Relations between Cuba and the United States, 1959–2009

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This chapter offers a review of the main developments in U.S.–Cuba relations from 1959 to 2009, with a focus on the history of U.S. economic sanctions with respect to Cuba that were first enacted in the early 1960s and then intensified during the 1990s with the Torricelli law and the Helms-Burton law. A major contention is that the strengthening of the embargo was linked to self-interested groups in the Cuban-American community seeking to serve their parochial interests and able to influence U.S. policymakers. The origin of the U.S. embargo against Cuba and various efforts at normalization are also discussed. The U.S. policy of Cuba under various presidents is examined.

Keywords: U.S.–Cuba relations; Torricelli law; Helms-Burton law; Cuban-American community; economic sanctions; embargo; policymakers

Chapter.  13041 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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