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Foreign Policy, Inc.Privatizing America's National Interest$
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Lawrence Davidson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125244

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125244.001.0001

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Privatizing National Interest—the Cuba Lobby

Privatizing National Interest—the Cuba Lobby

(p.74) (p.75) 4 Privatizing National Interest—the Cuba Lobby
Foreign Policy, Inc.

Lawrence Davidson

University Press of Kentucky

The Cuba lobby is an excellent example of a special interest that continues to influence American foreign policy. Although Cuba poses little threat to American interests and policies, especially after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the US continues to put pressure on the Castro regime in line with the interests of the Cuban American National Foundation, which was founded by Jorge Mas Canosa, who has an abiding hatred for Fidel Castro. With a considerable Cuban American community as its base, the CANF is able to push Congress to make uncompromising demands for action against Cuba, including the imposition of a trade embargo, the suspension of aid to Cuba as a condition to Soviet assistance, and the Helms-Burton Act, which sought to increase Cuba's economic isolation. By catering to the interest of the Cuba lobby, almost all other national interest-related foreign policy goals have been rendered irrelevant.

Keywords:   Cuba lobby, Cuban American National Foundation, Castro regime, foreign policy, national interests, trade embargo

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