Cuba and the United States
"I have ever looked upon Cuba as the most interesting addition which could ever be made to our system of States." - Thomas Jefferson, in an 1823 letter to President James Monroe, wherein he discusses annexing Cuba. Relations between the Republic of Cuba and the United States of America have long been intertwined. This two-part program explores key moments in ties between these two nations through both historical and policy perspectives.
Part one focuses on the history of U.S.-Cuba relations from Colonial America through Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution.
Part two focuses on post-Revolution relations, U.S. policy under the Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, Obama, and Trump administrations, and offers a glance into a post-Castro future.
This program is presented by Charles "Chips" Lickson, of Front Royal, whose study of Cuba dates back to his university days at Johns Hopkins and his senior thesis, "The Cuban Revolution as a Challenge to the Monroe Doctrine". Lickson's experience as a writer-researcher, former practicing attorney, adjunct professor of political science, and conflict resolution specialist offers a unique insight into the Cuba-U.S. bilateral relationship. These experiences also inform his new fictional work, A Warrior of Many Faces, which chronicles the perilous assignments of J.C. Herbert Bryant, an 18-year old U.S. Navy Frogman, in the immediate aftermath of the Cuban Revolution.
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