Relations between Cuba and the U.S.
Relations between Cuba and the United States have been rather stressed and somewhat hostile since the 60’s. Fast forwarding to 2016, the relations are getting better. The United States’ President and Raul Castro, who is the president of the Council of the State of Cuba, had a formal meeting in 2015. This meeting marked the end of a drought in which there had never been a formal meeting between the head of state of the respective countries since 1961, when the two countries cut ties.
The relationship started being stressed in 1959 when Fidel Castro seized control of the Cuban government. At first the U.S. accepted his power, but this was not the case when Castro’s government increased trade with the Soviet Union. They hiked the taxes on American imports and exports. This led to President John F. Kennedy to put a hold on a lot of trading out of Cuba. This eventually turned into a full embargo on the State of Cuba in 1961. After this we had several attempts to overthrow the regime. Like the Bay of Pigs invasion which took place in 1961. This led to Cuba and the USSR into an agreement to build a missile base in Cuba.
Recently the relationship has been getting better. I believe that it is hard to come to agreements with a country that is communist when we are a democracy. That is something that would need to change for me before relations moved further beyond being able to travel back and forth.
I believe there are trusts issues here that are present in a lot of stressful diplomatic relationships. Like in Asia with China and Taiwan, and also the migrant crisis in Europe.