The Cuban Conciliation

January 4, 2015 1:36 AM

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The Cuban Conciliation

Amid growing international calls for the United States and Cuba to end the state of antagonism that has lasted for over five decades, U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raúl Castro made a rare handshake at Nelson Mandela's funeral in Johannesburg, South Africa, in December 2013. The uncommon sight caught global attention and signaled the possibility of a thaw in the frozen relations between the superpower and the Caribbean island country. One year later, that foreshadowing event may soon reach fruition.

On December 17, 2014, leaders of both the United States and Cuba respectively announced they would normalize their diplomatic relationship.

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