chapter  Chapter 3
Issues in Contention
WithPhilip Brenner
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The United States has focused its agenda of demands on Cuba's relationship with the Soviet Union, on Cuban support for both the Nicaraguan government and the guerrillas in El Salvador, and on the presence of Cuban troops in Angola. Though several issues have occupied a place on the US bilateral agenda, the Reagan administration has highlighted three of them: unsettled claims for expropriated property, Cuban support for Puerto Rican independence, and human rights in Cuba. Cuba identifies its differences with the United States in terms of the roles of the two countries in Central America, the activities of each in Africa, proposals for Third World development, and each country's position in international forums. The contrast is stark between the positions of Cuba and the United States. None of Cuba's demands threatens fundamental security interests of the United States, and all are amenable to compromise.