Official US visit to Cuba, Barack Obama, Raul Castro, 11 April 2015. PD-USGOV.
President Obama’s Cuban plan started the process of normalizing relations between the U.S. and Cuba. President Obama’s Cuban policy has components found in other of his administration’s foreign policy efforts: To fix the present by symbolic attempts to mend the past. They are marked by a recognition that: incremental and indirect change can be just as important as more obviously interventionist moves can be; change in other parts of the world is usually shaped more by internal efforts and perceptions than external; dialog with other countries is a vital part of exerting influence on change outside our borders.
The New Yorker’s Jon Lee Anderson examines President Obama’s plan for normalized relations with Cuba and asks: Can it also transform that nation?(Jon Lee Anderson, A New Cuba, The New Yorker, 10/3/2016)