United Nations headquarters, New York, Sept. 29, 2015: US President Barack Obama (R), during a bilateral meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro (source: dpa)

Commercial revival is the next step as US-Cuba thaw continues

In 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower officially severed diplomatic relations with Cuba, shuttering the United States embassy in Havana. The move marked the beginning of half a century of diplomatic hibernation, a sleep so deep that it survived the thawing of the Cold War by a full generation. Then, on December 17, 2014, those relations were roused from their slumber when Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro announced they would begin to normalise relations between their two nations. The question now is how far and how fast that process can go.

Events since December have moved at a warp speed by diplomatic standards. On July 1, 2015, President Obama announced that diplomatic relatio...

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 Edwina Rogers
Cuba has its own set of obstacles to overcome in facilitating a rapid reconciliation. Even if the US embargo were to end overnight, the thicket of Soviet-style bureaucracy and centralising tendencies would still make it difficult to do business
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