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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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The U.S. Naval Station at Guantánamo Bay and U.S.-Cuban Cooperation

The U.S. Naval Station at Guantánamo Bay and U.S.-Cuban Cooperation

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U.S.-Cuban Cooperation Past, Present, and Future

Melanie M. Ziegler

University Press of Florida

Since its establishment, the U.S. Naval Station at Guantánamo Bay (Gitmo) has been a constant and major irritant to many Cuban nationalists. Formally established in 1901, the naval base is the oldest of all U.S. overseas military bases and is the only U.S. base located in a Communist country and with an infinite lease. Fidel Castro once said that Gitmo is a dagger plunge deep into the heart of the Cuban soil. This chapter discusses the cooperation between U.S and Cuban military on the issue surrounding the operations at the Guantánamo Naval Base. The chapter provides an overview and history of how the U.S. gained access and control on the area including the role of the base during and after the Cuban revolution as well as its continuing importance to the U.S. on issues regarding illegal migration and exile. The chapter also discusses the base-related conflicts that have escalated since the end of the Cuban revolution. It also discusses the unilateral and bilateral efforts of the two countries which resulted in the reduction of the conflict and tension concerning the use and operations of the base. Chapter 4 concludes with an analysis of the 1990s cooperative efforts and George W. Bush's base relations policies.

Keywords:   U.S. Naval Station, Guantánamo Bay, Gitmo, naval base, overseas military bases, Guantánamo Naval Base, conflicts, cooperative efforts

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