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 (ISBN-13: 9780511054815 | ISBN-10: 0511054815)

This is a comprehensive study of US policy towards Cuba in the post-Cold War era. Drawing on interviews with Bush and Clinton policy-makers, congressional participants in the policy debate, and leaders of the anti-sanctions business community, it makes an important contribution to our knowledge of the evolution of American policy during this period. This study argues that Bush and Clinton operated within the same Cold War framework that shaped the Cuba policy of their predecessors. But it also demonstrates that US policy after 1989 was driven principally by the imperatives of domestic politics. The authors show how Bush and Clinton corrupted the policy-making process by subordinating rational decision-making in the national interest to narrow political calculations. The result was the pursuit of a policy that had nothing to do with its stated objectives of promoting reforms in Cuba and everything to do with getting rid of Fidel Castro's regime.

• A comprehensive study of the US policy toward Cuba since the end of the Cold War • Based on interviews with key Bush and Clinton policymakers, congressional participants, and leaders of the anti-sanctions business community • Written in a style that makes it accessible to both students and the general reader interested in Cuba and American foreign policy

Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The Bush administration and Cuba: from Cold War to deep freeze; 2. Clinton and Cuba, January 1993 to February 1996: closing the options; 3. Helms–Burton and the triumph of politics over policy; 4. Stirring the waters: Clinton's missed opportunities; Conclusion; Postscript: Washington's last Cold War; Notes; Index.

Review

'This is a clever, well written book, based upon interviews with many of the protagonists and for this reason alone will be quoted and referred to for many years to come.' Open History

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