6 Jan 2015
In a historic move late last year, President Barack Obama issued an executive order, which set in motion a series of measures to dismantle the U.S.’s trade embargo against Cuba and normalise diplomatic relations. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, argues that the embargo was a “dumb policy”. In this interview, he talks about why the change in international relations has come about at this particular moment in history. Indeed, global geopolitics has played a role, as the Americans are wary of the impact of Russian and particularly Chinese investment in Cuba.
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Editor's Note: You might also be interested in "Obama Corrects a Historic Mistake on Cuba" from Foreign Policy in Focus.