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U.S.-Cuban Cooperation Past, Present, and Future$
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Melanie M. Ziegler

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780813030876

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813030876.001.0001

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Cuban Exile Politics

Cuban Exile Politics

(p.21) 1 Cuban Exile Politics
U.S.-Cuban Cooperation Past, Present, and Future

Melanie M. Ziegler

University Press of Florida

This chapter discusses the complex and intricate political relationship between the U.S. and the Cuban exile community. It demonstrates how the Cuban exile leaders and their organizations became increasingly influential over the decades, first exhibiting a supportive role and then as an important force in the formulation of an inflexible U.S. foreign policy toward the island. After the Cold War, the political activism of Cuban exile leaders heightened, hence impeding the reduction of the existing conflict between the U.S. and Cuba and the creation and implementation of confidence-building measures (CBMs). To better understand how exiled political leaders gained influence, the chapter focuses on exile politics and discuss its evolution. These five phases of exile evolution are: 1) the exile militancy of the 1960s; 2) the dialogue and backlash of the 1970s; 3) the creation of the Cuban American National Foundation (CANF); 4) the rise of Cuban American legislative power of the 1990s; and 5) reevaluation and retrenchment in the new millennium.

Keywords:   political relationship, exile community, exile leaders, U.S. foreign policy, exile politics, exile, exile militancy, CANF

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