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Unfinished business : America and Cuba after the Cold War, 1989-2001
Morley, Morris H.
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Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2002]

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ix, 253 pages ; 24 cm
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1780 Lexile.

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E183.8.C9 M75 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This is a comprehensive study of US policy towards Cuba in the post-Cold War era. Drawing on interviews with Bush and Clinton policy-makers, congressional participants in the policy debate, and leaders of the anti-sanctions business community, it makes an important contribution to our knowledge of the evolution of American policy during this period. This study argues that Bush and Clinton operated within the same Cold War framework that shaped the Cuba policy of their predecessors. But it also demonstrates that US policy after 1989 was driven principally by the imperatives of domestic politics. The authors show how Bush and Clinton corrupted the policy-making process by subordinating rational decision-making in the national interest to narrow political calculations. The result was the pursuit of a policy that had nothing to do with its stated objectives of promoting reforms in Cuba and everything to do with getting rid of Fidel Castro's regime.

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Morley and McGillion examine US policy toward Cuba from 1989 to (almost) the present and conclude that Bush, Clinton, and Bush all pursued "a policy that had nothing to do with promoting reforms in Cuba and everything to do with getting rid of Fidel Castro's regime...." The two Australian authors--Morley (Macquarie Univ.) and McGillion (Charles Stuart Univ.) argue that this counterproductive policy was followed whether conservatives or liberals occupied the White House. The major issues that produced this policy were threefold: first, the unilateral nature of US policy still set in a Cold War context; second, a subordination of corporate profits to policy imperatives; and third (and most important), the triumph of domestic politics over policy. This excellent book exhaustively examines the relationship between domestic politics and foreign policy. The influence of the one over the other is amply illustrated--in this case, the major role played by the Cuban-American National Foundation (and its founder, Jorge Mas Canosa) in influencing policy toward Cuba. The authors copiously document their work, using both published works and interviews with key players in and critics of US policy toward Cuba. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above. E. A. Duff emeritus, Randolph-Macon Woman's College

Table of Contents

1 The Bush administration and Cuba: from Cold War to deep freeze
2 Clinton and Cuba, January 1993 to February 1996: closing the options
3 Helms-Burton and the triumph of politics over policy
4 Stirring the waters: Clinton's missed opportunities
Postscript: Washington's last Cold War