United States Cuba Policy & Business Blog

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

United States Cuba Relations: The U.S. and Cuba Have an "Adults in the Room" Moment

As we had predicted here and posted on this blog in May, 2012 in The Freedom of Alan Gross and The Cuban Five, peace and courage have prevailed and Alan Gross is back in the U.S. and the remaining three of the Cuban Five have been freed and sent back to Cuba!  This historic moment for the resetting of relations and the opportunity to meaningfully engage Cuba bodes well for the future. Emotional and intellectual maturity have prevailed over political posturing, denial, and egos.  This was no easy task.

We salute President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and the team who worked very hard to resolve these human issues.  Very serious hard work remains to be done.   Similarly, those who oppose this rapprochement between the U.S. and Cuba on Capitol Hill will be able to throw obstacles on the normalization pathway that finally begins to unfold.  We will have a year end overview and outlook, including analysis of this announcement by President Obama and what the new makeup of Congress will have in store for U.S. Cuba relations.

On a personal note, this year has been one of challenges and growth.  We look forward to resuming publishing regular updates and analysis.  We welcome the participation of other similarly minded writers who are interested in working with us.

-Tony Martinez,  Editor