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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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U.S.-Cuban Cooperative Efforts at Reducing the Threat of Accidental War

U.S.-Cuban Cooperative Efforts at Reducing the Threat of Accidental War

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

Melanie M. Ziegler

University Press of Florida

This chapter narrates how the U.S. and Cuba nearly went to war after the Cuban missile incident of October 1992 escalated hostilities between the U.S., the Soviet Union, and Cuba. This chapter explains how the U.S-Cuban cooperation overrode the possibility of having a hot war. The chapter begins with a summary of the U.S. anti-Castro movements from 1959 up until the fall of the Soviet Union. Although no invasion plots were brewed by the U.S. government after 1961, the U.S. nevertheless did not stop at destabilizing the Cuban government either. The chapter also discusses Cuba's internationalist foreign policy towards the nations of the Third World wherein Cuba's revolutionary vision always posed hostility to the U.S. government. Included in the chapter as well is a close look at the decade of the 1990s wherein U.S.-Cuban cooperation on reducing risks of accidental war faced a rollercoaster situation. The chapter concludes with a discussion on the hostility and disagreement hurled by the Cuban Americans on migration policies and issues agreed upon by the United States and Cuba.

Keywords:   Cuban missile incident, U.S-Cuban cooperation, anti-Castro movements, internationalist foreign policy, accidental war, Cuban Americans, migration policies

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