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The U.S. Embargo Against Cuba

Only 90 miles separate Cuba from the United States

  For almost fifty years, the United States has maintained economic sanctions against Cuba. Little human, financial, or commercial traffic flows between the two countries, although much bad blood does. Recent political events suggest that might be changing. Wednesday, we're examining the tense history of relations between the U.S. and Cuba, and we'll focus on the embargo. Just how effective has it been? What was its original purpose? What has it achieved? And will America and Cuba ever get along?

The Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah is hosting on Thursday, February 26, a conversation about the future of U.S.-Cuba relations as part of the 2015 Siciliano Forum. That event begins at 12:00 p.m. Visit the Hinckley Institute's web site for more details.


  • Paolo Spadoni is an assistant professor of political science at Georgia Regents University and author of the book Failed Sanctions: Why the U.S. Embargo Against Cuba Could Never Work [Amazon].
  • Patrick Haney is a professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at Miami University (Ohio). Along with Walt Vanderbush, he co-authored The Cuban Embargo: The Domestic Politics of an American Foreign Policy [Amazon].
Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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