Cuba and the US: a historic rapprochement

Pragmatism and the generational turnover spark a breakthrough in Washington-Havana relations.

Photo REUTERS/Stringer

Foes for fifty years, the two nations have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations. In simultaneous TV appearances in Washington and Havana, Barack Obamaand his counterpart Raul Castroannounce the historical turn. The speech of Fidel Castro’sbrotherto the Cuban people lasted just 4 minutes. Obama was more prodigal, and pointed almost immediately to the reason thatled him to taper towards thewipeoutofone of the last relics of the Cold War, the US embargo against communist Cuba. Pragmatism and the force of the generational turnover seem to have been here at the core of the motivations of this epochal rapprochement.

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