Cuba

Fidel Castro’s communist government survived a tight US trade embargo, a tense missile crisis and the collapse of its Soviet patron. Now, after 49 years at the helm, the world’s longest serving political leader has stepped down, handing power to his brother, Raúl. We explore what this change in leadership will mean for the citizens of Cuba, and for Cuba’s relationship with the US. 

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Since 1959, when Fidel Castro’s revolutionary army marched on Havana, Cuba and the United States have co-existed as hostile neighbors. On this edition of America Abroad, we examine the possibility for change in Cuban-American relations after Castro’s death. We'll look back at the role Castro played in the Cuban Missile Crisis, revisit the history of US-Cuban relations before and after Fidel Castro's communist regime came to power, and examine the role of the Cuban-American community in the formulation of America’s approach to Cuba. 

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