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Rapprochement Opens New, Uncertain Chapter in US-Cuba Relations

In 1961, Wayne Smith was a young diplomat on his first foreign posting in Havana, and his final duties included shutting down the U.S. Embassy, destroying documents and helping evacuate Americans. Relations between the U.S. government and Fidel Castro had soured after the Cuban leader declared himself a Marxist-Leninist, confiscated billions of dollars in American-owned property, nationalized private businesses, closed down newspapers and imprisoned untold numbers of political...

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