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Fifty Years of RevolutionPerspectives on Cuba, the United States, and the World$
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Soraya M. Castro Marino and John S. Reitan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813040233

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813040233.001.0001

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The Nixon-Ford-Castro Years

The Nixon-Ford-Castro Years

(p.223) 11 The Nixon-Ford-Castro Years
Fifty Years of Revolution

Rosa López-Oceguera

University Press of Florida

The years of Richard Nixon's and Gerald Ford's presidencies proved to be an important period in U.S.-Cuban relations. A comprehensive review of U.S. foreign policy—influenced by both international and domestic factors—included a reassessment of the policy toward Cuba that involved both Congress and the executive branch. That process, full of pitfalls and contradictions, was the first major attempt on the part of the United States to find a modus vivendi with Cuba. Because it evolved within the general context of the cold war, however, those involved in the reassessment proved incapable of breaking with the hostile policy framework installed when the Eisenhower administration first began responding to the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in 1959. Nevertheless, U.S.-Cuban contacts during the Nixon-Ford years—which included secret meetings, negotiations, goodwill gestures, and positive steps—provided both countries with the mutual knowledge and experience that facilitated the achievement of a rapid breakthrough in bilateral relations during the early months of the Carter administration.

Keywords:   U.S-Cuban relations, Cold War, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter

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