Two decades ago affairs between the United States and Cuba had seen little improvement from the Cold War era. Today, U.S.-Cuban relations are in many respects still in poor shape, yet some cooperative elements have begun to take hold and offer promise for future developments. Illustrated by the ongoing migration agreement, professional military-to-military relations at the perimeter of the U.S. base near Guantánamo, and professional Coast Guard-Guardafrontera cooperation across the Straits of Florida, the two governments are actively exploring whether and how to change the pattern of interactions.

The differences that divide the two nations are real, not the result of misperception, and this volume does not aspire to solve all points of disagreement. Drawing on perspectives from within Cuba as well as those in the United States, Canada, and Europe, these authors set out to analyze contemporary policies, reflect on current circumstances, and consider possible alternatives for improved U.S.-Cuban relations. The resulting collection is permeated with both disagreements and agreements from leading thinkers on the spectrum of issues the two countries face—matters of security, the role of Europe and Latin America, economic issues, migration, and cultural and scientific exchanges in relations between Cuba and the United States. Each topic is represented by perspectives from both Cuban and non-Cuban scholars, leading to a resource rich in insight and a model of transnational dialogue.

chapter 1|8 pages


ByJorge I. Domínguez, Rafael Hernández

chapter 3|20 pages

Reshaping the Relations between the United States and Cuba

ByJorge I. Domínguez

chapter 7|21 pages

The European Union and Its Role in U.S.–Cuban Relations

ByEduardo Perera Gómez

chapter 8|18 pages

European Union Policy in the Cuba–U.S.–Spain Triangle

BySusanne Gratius

chapter 9|21 pages

9U.S.–Cuba Relations: The Potential Economic Implications of Normalization

ByArchibald R. M. Ritter

chapter 10|20 pages

U.S.–Cuba Economic Relations: The Pending Normalization

ByJorge Mario Sánchez Egozcue

chapter 11|21 pages

U.S. Immigration Policies toward Cuba

ByLorena G. Barberia

chapter 12|17 pages

U.S.–Cuba: Emigration and Bilateral Relations

ByAntonio Aja Díaz

chapter 14|19 pages

Academic Diplomacy: Cultural Exchange between Cuba and the United States

ByMilagros Martínez Reinosa