Unfinished Business: America and Cuba after the Cold War, 1989-2001 / Edition 1

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In this first comprehensive study of U.S. policy toward Cuba in the post-Cold War era, Morris Morley and Chris McGillion draw on interviews with Bush and Clinton policymakers, congressional participants in the policy debate, and leaders of the anti-sanctions business community to argue that Bush and Clinton operated within the same Cold War framework that shaped the Cuba policy of their predecessors. They also demonstrate that U.S. policy after 1989 was driven principally by domestic imperatives. The result was the pursuit of a policy that had nothing to do with its stated objectives of promoting reforms in Cuba and everything to do with dismantling Castro's regime. This study also addresses the international consequences: the extraterritorial applications of national laws to America's allies; and a willingness to put in danger the operations of the global free trade regime. Few issues more starkly revealed the degree to which U.S. policymakers exhibited a striking lack of realism about America's capacity to impose its will globally. Morris Morley has taught at SUNY-Binghamton and American Unversity. He is the author of Imperial State and Revolution (Cambridge, 1987) and Washington, Somoza and the Sandanistas (Cambridge, 1994) He is a senior research fellow with the Council on Hemispheric Affairs. Chris McGillion has taught at the Universities of Sydney and New South Wales, and Macquarie University. He is a former editorial page editor of the Sydney Morning Herald and has written for the Political Science Quarterly. As a journalist, he has made several trips to Cuba.
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"This excellent book exhaustively examines the relationship between domestic policy and foreign policy. The influence of one over the other is amply illustrated--in this case, the major role played by the Cuban-American National Foundation ... in influencing policy toward Cuba.... Highly recommended." Choice

"...Morley and McGillion provide a complete review of US-Cuba relations in the last decade... they also provide insightful commentary on the contradictory, disaster-prone, and counter-productive measures taken by the Washington establishment." The International History Review

"A worthwhile and recommended read." H-DIPLO

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521520409
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The Bush administration and Cuba: from Cold War to deep freeze; 2. Clinton and Cuba, January 1993 to February 1996: closing the options; 3. Helms–Burton and the triumph of politics over policy; 4. Stirring the waters: Clinton's missed opportunities; Conclusion; Postscript: Washington's last Cold War; Notes; Index.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2003

    Superb account of US ruling class's hatred of Cuba

    Morley and McGillion, two Australian academics, have produced a very useful account of the US ruling class¿s unremitting hostility to the Cuban revolution. They show that the US government is not seeking democracy or reforms in Cuba: its sole aim is to destroy Cuba¿s social, political and economic order. Clinton was even more anti-Cuba than Bush Senior. Clinton signed the notorious Helms-Burton Bill, which illegally imposed the US¿s embargo on the whole world. At the UN, only the USA and Israel oppose resolutions calling on the USA to end the embargo. Since 1994, the State Department¿s annual studies of `Patterns of Global Terrorism¿ have found no evidence of Cuban `sponsorship¿ of terrorist activities. Yet the US government lists Cuba as a `terrorist state¿, but not Afghanistan when it was under the Taliban! Cuba denounced 9/11 as an `atrocious and insane terrorist act¿, and offered to cooperate in the global war on terrorism. Bush rejected the offer. Cuba has every right to act decisively to deter terrorists who hijack planes, bomb hotels and fly over Havana. Those who criticise its actions on `human rights¿ grounds assist the terrorists. The US government funds and supports these anti-Cuba terrorists. In 1999, the Clinton administration passed the Cuban Internal Opposition Assistance Act, providing extra money for `dissidents¿. The US state funds the Cuban American National Foundation, the European Coalition for Human Rights in Cuba, and the Cuban Dissidents Task Force. Of course, `dissidents¿ is too polite a term for those who consciously act as paid agents of a hostile foreign power. In 1994, the State Department could find that there were only six alleged political prisoners in Cuba, somewhat fewer than in the USA. Senator Helms and his cronies allege that Cuba trafficks in drugs, yet the USA¿s own Drug Enforcement Agency, after repeated investigations, has reported that there is no evidence of Cuban involvement in drug smuggling, and that Cuba has been singularly cooperative in working with the US Coast Guard to prevent drug smuggling. The annual State Department reports on drugs control have never listed Cuba as a major drug transit country.

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