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A Nine-Point Strategy for Dealing with Castro

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Publication Date: November 1985

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Timothy Ashby

Topic: Government (Foreign relations)

Keywords: Latin American

Type: Report

Coverage: Cuba


A normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba would strengthen Castro's hand domestically, add to his international prestige, and reduce his economic problems. The U.S. would be seen as endorsing his radical policies. This would send a diplomatic message to Washington's Latin American allies to seek accommodation with communist Cuba. Rather than try to normalize ties with Havana, the U.S. should pursue the nine-point strategy and increase its efforts to check Cuban expansionist policies in this hemisphere and elsewhere.