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.


01/29/2015: US lawmakers introduced bill to end Cuba travel restrictions

01/12/2015: Cuba released 53 political prisoners

01/05/2015: Cuba rights group reported record number of dissident detentions

12/17/2014: Obama announced Cuba policy changes

06/30/2014: BNP Paribas reported to pay almost $9 billion in US penalties for helping clients in Cuba dodge US sanctions

03/29/2014: Cuba legislature approved law to attract foreign investment

08/05/2013: Rights group urged Cuba to release 'prisoners of conscience'

05/06/13: Federal appeals court blocked Florida law barring contracts with Cuba, Syria businesses


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