U.S. Policy Towards Cuba When discussing the economic effect of U.S. Immigration policy on Cuba, it is necessary to look into the United States policy towards Cuba. Since the 1960's the United States has continued its policy of isolating Cuba both politically and economically. The objective of this isolation is to ensure that the basic human rights of the Cuban citizens are respected and that some democratic reforms are enacted. The United States took a number of measures too ensure their intentions. In October 1992, the Cuban Democracy Act was enacted.
As a socialist nation, Cuba did recognize the rights of its citizens after the revolution. Although the armed forces, government and foreign policies changed , Castro lead his own leadership, Thomas, Fautoil and Weiss explain in their book, “…with its emphasis on highly centralized authority and ambitious foreign policy objectives, remains the dominant feature in Cuban politics.”(19). Cuba has been organized to be a big military state but as time goes, Cuba changed the structure of the political system but did not change the foundation of Castro’s leadership. The Cuban government, right now, is holding its own but l... ... middle of paper ... ...n revolution almost put the whole world into a nuclear war and also caused the Cuban missile crisis in the United States. The impact in Latin America was that other leaders throughout Latin America changed their governments.
In addition, this paper will estimate his success against the forces of neoliberalism. The paper begins with a popular definition of regionalism and continues with his enduring contributions to the development of Latin American and Caribbean regionalism. Payne and Gamble define regionalism as ‘a state-led or states-led project designed to reorganize a particular regional space along defined economic and political lines’ (1996, p.2). From the time when Chavez’s election was held in 1999, he had always wished to strengthen the relationship between Latin America and the Caribbean by uniting both regions. Not long after, Chavez began to form strong relationships with the Anglophone Caribbean (Edmonds, 2013).
Perez-Stable Within the first two chapters of author Perez-Stable’s book, The Cuban Revolution: Origins, Course and Legacy, he focuses much on economic aspects of Cuba’s dependence on the United S... ... middle of paper ... ... M-26-7 movement from Cuba’s previous revolutionary failures. Conclusion: The different perceptions obtained from reading Perez-Stable and Patterson allow the reader to realize different realities of the Cuban Revolution. In conjunction with these two works, reading Guevara’s perception of the Revolution divulges information that one would only be acquainted with had they too taken part in the Revolution. The Program Manifesto of the 26th of July Movement along with Castro’s speech, "History Will Absolve Me", give accurate assessments of the reforms Castro wanted people to believe he would enforce through his policies. Because of his failure to comply with his promises for successful economic reform, one can conclude that although the actual Revolution was deemed successful, he did not actually achieve what he initially deemed possible to the Cuban people.
Cuba underwent a transformation from an area that was not involved economically to a place where growth was visible. Cuba became a major sugar producer in the world and prosperity replaced poverty (“History of Cuba”). Through this time of success, Cuba took a move toward independence. Its military became strengthened though with that there were tensions that arose due to the level of achievement. The Platt Amendment named after Orville H. Platt was invoked and stipulated the right of the United States to intervene in Cuba’s internal affairs and to lease an area for a naval base in Cuba which weakened Cuba’s growth as a nation and made Cuba become more dependent on its surrounding neighbors as a source of support (“History of Cuba”).
The embargo also falls short in terms of having an achievable goal, since many of the requests that embargo legislation calls for are simply not within the ability of the Cuban state. By examining the sanctions and their economic, political, and humanitarian affect on both the Us and Cuba a strong case can be made for a revision of US policy. US policy towards Cuba and the government of Fidel Castro has, since the 1960’s, been a policy based on the objectives of removing Castro, instituting a democratic system, and gaining reparations for confiscated US holdings. The initial sanctions were instituted because the US considered the close proximity of a communist state to be a national security threat, and also because Castro’s regime confiscated US holdings, and thus US control, on the island. By enacting a policy that unilaterally cut Cuba off from economic and political contact with the US, the US felt that it could force Castro from power.
He wanted to know how the US would be perceived, what the costs were, and how quickly we would see results from each of the options. John F. Kennedy would be an example of the Inquiry Approach. On Day four of the EXCOMM talks a majority decision was reached. There were still dissenters and they remained that way. John F. Kennedy liked the idea of the blockade because it provided Cuba with a way out of the crisis.
As Presidents have increasingly linked foreign policy with trade on the bi-partisan level, we can expect to see a continuation of this trend. Second, Time. The Cold War is over and slowly the wounds are disappearing. No longer does Cuba represent an ideological or military threat to the U.S.. Embargoes are implemented and maintained in countries that fear military attack. With Castro's dwindling resources and increasingly smaller number of soldiers, it is fair to say that Cuba represents no threat to the U.S.. Another function of time can be witnessed in the population of Miami, were the majority of Cubans are now American born.
Cuba should demonstrate a willing to negotiate with the United States by softening some of it’s laws. From my personal experiences, the Cuba embargo has affected the country’s progress greatly because of it’s tight importing laws against the United States. A powerful economic powerhouse like the United states would greatly improve the political and economic progress of Cuba by providing more resources and pressuring the Cuban Communist Party to change it’s laws.
Since Cuba's independence the USA had an overwhelming presence in the political forum by instating national policy, supporting certain candidates, and instating their own advisors to Cuba. With the Platt Amendment the United States stripped Cuba of its power to create foreign policy because any decision required US approval. According to Skidmore and Smith, the USA saw nothing contradictory in controlling Cuba even after its independence. Rather the USA justified such action by ethnocentrically doubting Cuba's ability to govern itself. As the USA's doubts grew so did their control on Cuba's politics.