After Castro: America and Cuba

After Castro: America and Cuba

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. 

Guests on the program include:

  • Julia Sweig, director of the Latin American Program at the Council on Foreign Relations
  • Mark Falcoff, resident scholar emeritus at the American Enterprise Institute
  • Dennis Hays, former Coordinator for Cuban Affairs at the State Department
  • Dagoberto Rodriguez, the head of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, DC
  • Louis Perez, professor of History at the University of North Carolina
  • Theodore Sorensen, President Kennedy's Special Counsel and Advisor
  • Richard Nuccio, Special Advisor to President Clinton and to the Secretary of State for Cuba
  • Morton Halperin, Special Assistant to President Clinton and Senior Director for Democracy at the National Security Council
  • Roger Noriega, senior staff member of Senator Jesse Helms and a key author of the Helms-Burton Act
  • Andy Gomez, Senior Fellow at the University of Miami's Institute for Cuba and Cuban American Studies
  • Hilda Solis, Democratic Congresswoman from California
  • Frank Calzon, Executive Director of the Center for a Free Cuba
Segment 1

Ray Suarez examines the conditions on the ground in Cuba today, and the possibility for change with the fall of the Castro regime.

Segment 2

Steve Roberts narrates an archival audio tour of the history of US-Cuban relations, from the Spanish-American War to the controversy over Elian Gonzalez.

Segment 3

Ray Suarez talks with Theodore Sorensen, President Kennedy's Special Counsel and Advisor, who reflects upon the lessons learned from the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.

Segment 4

Garrick Utley looks back at the decisions leading up to the Helms-Burton Act of 1996 which strengthened the US embargo against Cuba.

Segment 5

Ron Nessen explores the impact of the Cuban-American community on US foreign policy towards Cuba, and how this impact will change with the death of Fidel Castro.