Peter Kornbluh directs the Chile Documentation Project at the National Security Archive in Washington, DC, and is the author of The Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountability. In 1998, he covered the Pinochet extradition proceedings in London for The Nation. Kornbluh also directs the Archive’s Cuba Documentation Project, and he is co-author of Back Channel To Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana.
The president’s rapprochement with Raúl Castro is a crucial step in overcoming the long history of US intervention in the region.
That breakthrough, and the president’s attendance at the Summit of the Americas, will help to build momentum for normalized relations.
The case of Alan Gross reflects Obama’s failure to “write a new chapter in US-Cuba policy.”