Consequences of the renewal of U.S.-Cuba relations

NYC Havana Blog

• July 2, 2015

Consequences of the renewal of U.S.-Cuba relations

HAVANA — Six months after the political decision to re-establish diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States, Havana and Washington have announced the concretization of the agreement to formalize them and will proceed to the opening of their respective embassies.

By itself, what has happened does not eliminate the existing contradictions or guarantee their solution, much less while the economic blockade against Cuba persists, something that the Cuban government considers an impediment to the full normalization of relations.

Obama has recognized this reality and again has asked Congress to repeal the laws that sustain this policy, an objective that will be very hard to achieve in the remainder of his administration.

Even so, what has been achieved constitutes a historic landmark and sets up a new scenario in the face of the two countries’ future relations. The implications are not only symbolic but…

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