U.S.-Caribbean economic relations since 1950 divide into two periods: 1) the cold war era, when security concerns about communism shaped U.S. policy, and 2) the post-cold war period, when the importance of the Caribbean to U.S. strategic interests has diminished, and U.S. policy is driven by a new set of concerns.
Regions / Cuba
Bush's misreading of the Cuban Missile Crisis illustrates what is wrong with the current administration's policy toward Iraq.
In recent years, U.S. policy toward Cuba has been guided by two primary objectives or tracks: to isolate the Cuban government and to provide support to the Cuban population.
The U.S. trade embargo and various other sanctions against Cuba have been in place for some 36 yearsand U.S. policy toward the island has changed little in that time.