Peter Kornbluh directs the Cuba Documentation Project and the Chile Documentation Project at the National Security Archive in Washington, DC, and is co-author, with William M. LeoGrande, of Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations Between Washington and Havana. Kornbluh is also the author of The Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountability.
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.”