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Cuba in a Global ContextInternational Relations, Internationalism, and Transnationalism$
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Catherine Krull

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049106

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049106.001.0001

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Disaster, Disease, and Environmental Degradation

Disaster, Disease, and Environmental Degradation

U.S.-Cuban Cooperation as a Bridge to Reconciliation

(p.27) 1 Disaster, Disease, and Environmental Degradation
Cuba in a Global Context

William M. Leogrande

Marguerite Rose Jiménez

University Press of Florida

Havana has lately been more interested in improving relations than has Washington. In the areas of disaster response, medical cooperation, and environmental protection, Cuba has been interested in extending and deepening cooperation, while the United States has been reluctant. Other areas, such as counter-narcotics, show a similar pattern. The United States has been content to live with perpetual hostility toward Cuba because the costs have been relatively low. Nevertheless, self-interest will push Washington and Havana toward cooperation on these issues, even if the overall relationship remains strained. Hurricanes, plagues, and oil spills do not respect national boundaries, so neither country can adequately protect itself without cooperating with the other. If such cooperation cannot bridge the bilateral divide and lead to friendship between the United States and Cuba, perhaps it can at least move them from being unmitigated enemies to respectful adversaries.

Keywords:   Cuba, United States, Foreign Policy, International Relations, Disaster response, Medical cooperation, Environmental protection

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