Can the U.S. Have Normal Diplomatic Relations with Cuba? | Wilson Center

Can the U.S. Have Normal Diplomatic Relations with Cuba?

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The United States and Cuba will meet for a second round of talks today. The promise of normalized relations between the two countries has given way to the tough diplomatic work of agreeing on the parameters for a new bilateral relationship. While both sides are committed to the process of negotiation, both countries are being asked to sort out age old disagreements and overcome distrust. The size of future diplomatic missions, whether diplomats will be allowed open travel, and if and how Cuba is removed from the State Department's list of "State Sponsors of Terror" are just a few of the issues that are being discussed.

Join us BY PHONE as three experts in the U.S. and Cuba discuss the results of these crucial talks and what might be done to put relations on a better path.


  • Jane Harman

    Director, President, and CEO, Wilson Center
  • Margaret Crahan

    Board Member
    Senior Research Scholar at the Institute for Latin American Studies and Director of Cuba Programs at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
  • Daniel W. Fisk

    Former National Security Council staff, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Republican Senate Foreign Relations Committee staff involved in Cuba policy
  • Nick Miroff

    National Security Correspondent, The Washington Post
  • Eric L. Olson

    Global Fellow
    Director of the Central America-D.C. Platform, Seattle International Foundation