Jane Franklin • April 1, 2015
The White House is desperately trying to preserve the OAS as its primary organization for managing Western Hemisphere Affairs. After all, the Organization of American States is based in Washington and it used to work for the White House. Although it nominally includes all 35 nations of the Western Hemisphere, the Kennedy administration, gearing up for Operation Mongoose, engineered Cuba’s suspension in 1962. After that, the U.S. president never had to meet the Cuban prime minister or president face-to-face at the OAS Summit.
2012: OAS votes for Cuba
But in 2009 a major change took place: the OAS voted to end Cuba’s suspension. President Obama made it clear he would not attend the next Summit, in 2012, if the president of Cuba attended.
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