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Failed Sanctions: Why the U.S. Embargo against Cuba Could Never Work

Paolo Spadoni


For almost five decades, the United States has maintained a comprehensive economic embargo on Cuba. U.S.-based travel to the island is severely restricted, and most financial and commercial transactions with Cuba are illegal for U.S. citizens. In the 1990s the United States tightened the embargo further, seeking to promote change in Cuba by depriving the Castro government of hard currency revenues. And yet the stalemate remains. How effective has the embargo been in achieving its main goal? The book dispassionately answers, “Not very.” By extending this analysis to non-state actors (including ... More

Keywords: United States, Cuba, economic embargo, restricted travel, transactions, illegal, U.S. citizens, 1990s, Castro government, hard currency revenues, stalemate, foreign investment, recovery, recession, Soviet Union

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780813035154
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813035154.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paolo Spadoni, author
Tulane University