On December 17, 2014, US President Barack Obama announced a shift in US policy towards Cuba. Obama stated that the US would reestablish diplomatic ties with Cuba. This diplomatic move represented a dramatic shift in decades of US policy towards the communist nation. Transformed into enemies over the course of the Cold War, the US ended diplomatic relations with Cuba and instituted an embargo against the nation. This broken relationship would remain a focal point for US presidents and lawmakers, attract international attention and leave an impact on the populations of both the US and Cuba. This Feature explores the normalization of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba by focusing on US and international law and policy.