Cuban Embargo The Domestic Politics of an American Foreign Policy

ISBN-10: 0822958635
ISBN-13: 9780822958635
Edition: 2005
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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 1/19/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 262
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

The United States and Cuba share a complex, fractious, interconnected history. Before 1959, the United States was the island nation's largest trading partner. But in swift reaction to Cuba's communist revolution, the United States severed all economic ties between the two nations, initiating the longest trade embargo in modern history, one that continues to the presentday.The Cuban Embargoexamines the changing politics of U.S. policy toward Cuba over the more than four decades since the revolution. While the U.S. embargo policy itself has remained relatively stable since its origins during the heart of the Cold War, the dynamics that produce and govern that policy have changed dramatically. Although originally dominated by the executive branch, the president's tight grip over policy has gradually ceded to the influence of interest groups, members of Congress, and specific electoral campaigns and goals. Haney and Vanderbush track the emergence of the powerful Cuban American National Foundation as an ally of the Reagan administration, and they explore the more recent development of an anti-embargo coalition within both civil society and Congress, even as the Helms-Burton Act and the George W. Bush administration have further tightened the embargo. Ultimately they demonstrate how the battles over Cuba policy, as with much U.S. foreign policy, have as much to do with who controls the policy as with the shape of that policy itself.

Introduction : the changing politics of the Cuban embargo
The making of an embargo : U.S.-Cuban relations, 1959-1980
The Reagan administration and the Cuban American National Foundation
The Reagan administration, Cuba, and the Cold War
The rise of Congress and the fall of the Cold War : the George H. W. Bush administration
The road to Helms-Burton : the first Clinton administration
The president strikes back
George W. Bush and the struggle for control
Conclusion

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