Seizing the moment
Holmes, Michael Geoffrey.
Thesis (M.A.L.S.)--Georgetown University, 2010.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. In today's interdependent global society, for any nation to turn away a potential ally or to close off a potential market is disadvantageous. For the past fifty years the United States and Cuba have let flawed foreign policy and fanatic ideological pride deprive both nations of the benefits a normalized relationship could provide.; Cuba has been in an economic decline for decades. A country that once prided itself on the social services it provided its citizens can now barley provide them with basic necessities. Cuba must find its way forward in order to thrive in the global market place and decide whether it is time for a new voice to lead it there.; The United States is at an impasse. It has been battered by an economic collapse and the impact of being engaged in two questionable wars. The United States must find a way to regain the confidence of its own citizens and work to regain its status as the preeminent global super power. What both nations have either neglected to realize or either failed to act upon is the proposition that normalizing relations between the two may help to rectify the issues both face.; This paper explores the practical reasons that the United States should remove the embargo against Cuba. It assesses the conditions which make right now the ideal time to actively and aggressively change U.S. foreign policy towards Cuba. These conditions include the economic states of both countries, the state of the United States' reputation in the world and the political vulnerability of Raul Castro. The paper also examines the benefits both stand to gain if the embargo were to be lifted. The United States has the potential to gain political leverage, new markets and access to natural resources. Cuba stands to gain a legitimate position in the global market place after fifty years of essentially being left in isolation. It also stands to gain social and economic stability.; After conducting the research for this paper it becomes painfully obvious that the advantages of changing course on policy and removing the embargo far outweigh the disadvantages of allowing it to remain stagnant.
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