This book presents new aspects of the U.S. Cuba policy during Gerald R. Ford’s presidency (August 9, 1974‒January 20, 1977). Based in governmental and other sources from the U.S. and Cuba, the book examines how the Ford administration broke with Nixon’s hostile policy when the diplomatic and economic isolation of Cuba was ended in the OAS, even when the U.S. economic blockade prevailed. In line with the detente policy towards the USSR, the Ford administration strived to normalize the relations with Cuba through secret discussions. However, the Cuban involvement in the Angolan civil war ended this process of normalization, and the U.S. returned to a confrontational policy. Within this framework, counterrevolutionary groups in the U.S. could act, more or less with impunity, towards Cuba, but also against Cuban and third-country targets both within and outside the U.S. The book describes the oscillating Cuba policy that was the hallmark of the Ford administration. The Cuban perspective adopted will complement and enrich the knowledge of the U.S. policy toward Cuba during Gerald Ford’s presidency. It is of relevance to everyone interested in the issue and especially for students and researchers within the disciplines of History and Political Science.

part I|39 pages

The Ford Administration Between Continuity and Rupture

part II|38 pages

Cuba's Domestic Transformations and International Perspectives (1974–1976)

chapter 4|10 pages

Domestic Politics in Cuba (1974–1976)

chapter 6|18 pages

The U.S. Congress and the Cuba Policy

part III|41 pages

The Secret Talks Between the U.S. and Cuba

chapter 8|11 pages

The Meeting at Hotel Pierre

chapter 9|11 pages

From a Warm Summer to a Chilly Autumn

part IV|42 pages

The Impact of the Cuban Mission in Angola

part V|39 pages

The Conservative Offensive in Latin America and the Cuban Counterrevolution