Brief: Havana’s Rare Concession to Protesters
The Cuban government agreed to talks with a dissident movement after weeks of protests and a hunger strike.
Background: For Washington, Cuba’s proximity to the United States and location at the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico makes it a strategically important country. But after Fidel Castro’s rise to power in Cuba in 1959, U.S. influence over the island nation waned, while Russian and, more recently, Venezuelan influence grew. Cuba’s economic struggles have […]