Security in the Caribbean Basin: The Challenge of Regional Cooperation

By Joseph S. Tulchin; Ralph H. Espach | Go to book overview

9
Initiatives for Cooperative
Regional Security: Reintegrating
Cuba into Regional Projects
Isabel Jaramillo Edwards

The time has come, the Walrus said, To talk of many things: Of shoes and ships and sealing wax Of cabbages and kings and why the sea is boiling hot And whether pigs have wings.

—Lewis Carroll. 1


Cuba in the Hemispheric Context

The relationship between the United States and Cuba is the impediment to the reintegration of Cuba in a hemispheric context and—as it now stands—is the least propitious framework for implementing measures to build trust in the region.

Cuba's perception of threat is linked to the fact that the United States pursues a policy that has not substantially changed in its hostile nature. Attempts by dominant conservative sectors to step up the embargo and extraterritorial application of domestic law in violation of international law, attacks on sovereignty and on universally recognized business practices reinforce this perception.

The United States is not prepared for the reintegration of Cuba into the hemisphere. Cuba, on the other hand, approaches the problem from a selective perspective with initiatives that correspond to specific areas and opportunities, and are flexible to changes in the regional environment.

The lack of balance in relationships within the hemisphere is especially evident in the case of the United States and Cuba. Cuba has been marginalized in a hemispheric context that consists of an interAmerican system in transition, but also in the framework set up by the

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