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3Qs: As Obama’s visit begins, what’s next for US and Cuba?

3Qs Obama's visit to Cuba newstory

José F. Buscaglia, pro­fessor and chair of the Depart­ment of Lan­guages, Lit­er­a­tures, and Cul­tures, discusses President Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama began his his­toric visit to Cuba on Sunday, marking the first time in nearly 90 years that a sit­ting U.S. pres­i­dent has vis­ited the country. His 48-​​hour visit comes more than a year after the White House announced that the U.S. would move to nor­malize rela­tions with Cuba, and since that time Obama has taken steps to ease U.S. restric­tions on the country.

We asked José F. Buscaglia, pro­fessor and chair of the Depart­ment of Lan­guages, Lit­er­a­tures, and Cul­tures, has just returned from Havana as part of a North­eastern del­e­ga­tion that explored sev­eral poten­tial aca­d­emic and research part­ner­ships in Cuba. Buscaglia has studied the Caribbean and Latin America exten­sively throughout his career and was a pio­neer in study abroad pro­grams by Amer­ican insti­tu­tions to Cuba, where he was the first pro­fessor from a U.S. uni­ver­sity since the rev­o­lu­tion of 1959 to teach a reg­u­larly sched­uled yearly sem­inar at the Uni­ver­sity of Havana.

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