Analysis: Cuba and Biden’s first 100 days

By Domingo Amuchastegui

Last November’s U.S. election results triggered great expectations among Cubans. With Biden-Harris in the White House, not only would Trump’s economic war and its devastating effects come to an end and, but — logically, it seemed — the dynamics of normalization initiated in 2014-16 would resume. After all, Biden and his advisors had actively participated in the normalization process and the premises to resume the process interrupted by Trump. However, at this point those great expectations have vanished or become more distant.

Almost 100 days into their administration, Biden-Harris have not lifted a finger to even partially reverse the economic and political-diplomatic aggressions launched by Trump against the Cuban authorities. They have not taken a step to fulfill the campaign promise of immediately reestablishing full diplomatic and consular presence, and ease restrictions to family reunification processes and the sending of remittances. Some have argued that Cuba is insignificant and not a priority for Biden’s agenda. If these issues really were that insignificant, they could be resolved with the stroke of a pen. However, they are indeed more complex and of greater relevance.

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