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
Ray Suarez examines the conditions on the ground in Cuba today, and the possibility for change with the fall of the Castro regime.
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.
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.
Garrick Utley looks back at the decisions leading up to the Helms-Burton Act of 1996 which strengthened the US embargo against Cuba.
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.