Román de la Campa Professor of Romance Languages in the School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania
Dr. de la Campa has written and edited numerous publications about Cuba, including a memoir, Cuba on My Mind: Journeys to a Severed Nation. He participated in the Cuban dialogue between Fidel Castro’s government and exile groups helping to impact relations during the late 1970s. He can discuss the opening in U.S.-Cuba relations as well as its historical and cultural background.
“The opening was coming because Cuba needs to open some markets for its people. Business interests in the U.S. have seen it as an opportunity for a long time, and the American people sense it is a policy that no longer works after 55 years.
“Obama made the move Carter and Clinton thought about, but he needed to wait until he had no more elections in his path. Such has been the weight of Cuban exile politics tied to Republican promises to keep a hard line against Cuba. What will happen now, however, is not as clear as it seems.”
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