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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 New Cuban American Politics

The New Cuban American Politics

Passion, Affection, Dollars, and the Emergence of MiHavana

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Fifty Years of Revolution

Damián Fernández

University Press of Florida

This chapter explores how Cuban Americans of Miami have played a decisive role in U.S. foreign policy and how that role is changing. As Miami and its Cuban American population have changed, so has the outlook for relations with Cuba. The city is no longer the same place it was in the 1980s or 1990s. Although Cuban Americans continue to hold significant power in political and economic sectors, Greater Miami is not exclusively a Cuban enclave. It is now a pan-Latin entrepôt, the gateway to the Americas, and with aspirations of becoming a global city. The Latinization of Miami and the city's expanded financial role would argue for relations with Cuba sometime in the future. Moreover, the social and demographic profile of the Cuban American community has experienced significant shifts in the past decades, resulting in redefined political contours that point to a new outlook as well. In tandem with exogenous factors, both national and international in scale, endogenous changes within Cuban Miami are ushering in a new era in the history of Cuban-U.S. relations. A new regional political, cultural, and economic geography is in the making.

Keywords:   U.S.-Cuban relations, Miami, Cuban Americans, Cuban American National Foundation, Cuban–Cuban American affairs

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