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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 Carter-Castro Years

The Carter-Castro Years

A Unique Opportunity

(p.237) 12 The Carter-Castro Years
Fifty Years of Revolution

Robert A. Pastor

University Press of Florida

Jimmy Carter, alone among all the presidents since the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, decided to make the normalization of relations with Cuba an objective of U.S. foreign policy. The story of Carter's policy is therefore of special importance in trying to understand why the two governments failed at that moment and how they might succeed in the future. The interests of the two governments at that time were not compatible: the United States chose not to normalize relations in the face of increased Cuban-Soviet military activities in Africa, and Fidel Castro viewed his international role as more important than normalizing relations. Tragically, with the end of the cold war, U.S. policy became even more hostile, as the Cuban American lobby replaced the cold war as the main reason for maintaining the status quo.

Keywords:   Jimmy Carter, Fidel Castro, Cold War, U.S.-Cuban relations, Soviet Union

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