Natalia Pasichnyk, Ph.D. in History, Associate Professor, Bila Tserkva Institute of Economics and Management of the University «Ukraine», Bila Tserkva, Ukraine


The article is devoted to U.S. policy on Cuba during the presidency of Barack Obama. The author identifies that during its first six years, the Obama Administration continued the dual-track policy approach toward Cuba that maintained U.S. economic sanctions and continued measures to support the Cuban people, such as U.S. government-sponsored radio and television broadcasting and funding for democracy and human rights projects. At the same time, however, the Obama Administration initiated a significant shift in policy toward Cuba beginning in 2009 that included the abolition of certain restrictions on remittances and travel.

The article emphasizes that the significant changes in US-Cuban relations were occurred in the second term of Barack Obama. A new course in U.S. relations with Cuba, announced by the President, included the reestablishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba; a review of Cuba’s designation by the Department of State as a state sponsor of international terrorism; and an increase in travel, commerce, and the flow of information to and from Cuba.

The author examines the factors that influenced the change of the Washington’s policy on Cuba, in particular failure of U.S. policy of the embargo; the economic benefits of normalization of Cuba-United States relations; the impact of public opinion; the political influence of the Cuban American lobby; the attitude of Latin America towards the US-Cuban stand-off; the changes under way within Cuba since the assumption of the presidency by R. Castro in 2008 and others. The article contained evaluation of the current state and progress of the US-Cuban normalization process

USA, Cuba, Embargo, «Spy Swap», the Cuban Five

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