Taken overall, Obama’s legacy will rest heavily on foreign affairs given that he has struggled to secure major domestic policy momentum in his second term.
Hatred of Castro can make people lose perspective. The economic blockade did not budge Castro from power — and did much to harm the Cuban people.
Castro’s death has added to worries among Cubans that Donald Trump will slam the door shut on nascent trade and travel ties, undoing two years of detente between the estranged neighbors.
Will Trump’s business interests prod him to take a more pragmatic course regarding Cuba, even if that angers the hard-core, anti-Castro elements of both parties?
Castro’s death could give his brother, President Raul Castro, more space to pursue economic reforms, but change will depend on whether Donald Trump decides to work with or challenge Cuba’s communist government.
Castro’s death – which would once have thrown a question mark over Cuba’s future – seems unlikely to trigger a crisis as Raul Castro is firmly ensconced in power.
U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuba’s Raul Castro will break bread with other Americas leaders at a historic summit Friday, a potent symbol of their efforts to end decades of animosity.