The Cuba-US Bilateral Relationship: New Pathways and Policy Choices

ISBN : 9780190687366

Michael J. Kelly; Erika Moreno; Richard C. Witmer
392 ページ
156 x 235 mm

At the end of President Barack Obama's second term, it seemed that the U.S. and Cuba might be on track to normalize relations after five decades of cold war animus. These hopes appeared dashed, however, by the results of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, which brought to power a candidate that campaigned on undoing Obama's signature policies, including the rapprochement with Cuba. Several years into the Trump administration there are still several pathways that these two neighboring countries could take to either continue the rapprochement, extend the status quo, or drift further apart. Although it is not entirely clear which direction the bilateral relationship will take, given the varied and divergent political pressures that drive each of the two nations, it is clear that several key opportunities and challenges await them.
Drawing insight from the political, economic, and legal spheres, this book examines possible pathways for the two cold war adversaries. Key among the issues that demand attention are unresolved property claims dating back to the 1959 revolution, establishing regularized bilateral economic relationships in multiple sectors of the economy, as well as addressing a variety of legal and political constraints in both Cuba and the United States. This volume tackles these issues by drawing on the expertise of scholars in three distinct fields-political science, economics, and law-while positing viable policy choices and the opportunities and challenges found therein.


Preface: Michael Kelly, Erika Moreno, and Richard C. Witmer, II
Foreword: Former Ambassador, Jeffrey F. DeLaurentis
Contributor List
List of Tables
List of Figures
Chapter 1: Introduction Michael Kelly, Erika Moreno, and Richard C. Witmer, II
Part I. The Political Dimension
Chapter 2: Opening Cuba: Negotiating History William LeoGrande
Chapter 3: Succession versus Transition Michael Kelly, Erika Moreno, and Richard C. Witmer, II
Chapter 4: The China Connection Gregg B. Johnson and Zhimin Lin
Part 2: The Economic Dimension
Chapter 5: The Future of Cuba's Non-Sugar Agricultural Sector Mario Gonzalez-Corso and Armando Nova-Gonzalez
Chapter 6: Between the Party Line and the Bottom Line: El Proyecto Artecorte and the Virtuous Circle of Entrepreneurial Solidarity in One Old Havana Neighborhood Ted A. Henken
Chapter 7: Success Characteristics of Market Entry in Cuban Tourism Janet Walsh
Chapter 8: A Political Economy Approach to U.S. Normalization Policy Towards Cuba: Obama and Trump Roger R. Betancourt
Part 3: The Legal Dimension
Chapter 9: The Ghost of Helms-Burton: Necessary Course Corrections on the Path to Normalized US-Cuban Relations Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado
Chapter 10: Unresolved Property Claims Michael Kelly, Erika Moreno, and Richard C. Witmer, II
Chapter 11: Reintegrating Cuba into the Global Economy: Stasis and the European Alternative Larry Cata Backer
Chapter 12: Big Chills: How U.S. Choices will Affect Cuba's Environmental Future Robert R.M. Verchick and Karen C. Sokol
Chapter 13: Conclusion Michael Kelly, Erika Moreno, and Richard C. Witmer, II
Afterword Gary Maybarduk


Michael J. Kelly is Interim Dean and Professor of Law at Creighton University Erika Moreno is Associate Professor of Political Science at Creighton University. Richard C. Witmer is Professor of Political Science at Creighton University.