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Obama Unveils 'New Approach' On Cuba As Former Foes Chart New Course

December 17, 2014

President Obama announced today the most significant change in U.S. policy toward Cuba in more than 50 years, paving the way for the normalization of relations and the opening of a U.S. Embassy in Havana.

Obama said "we will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests and instead we will begin to normalize relations between our two countries."

He added: "These 50 years have shown, isolation has not worked. It's time for a new approach."

Obama said as these changes unfold, he will talk to Congress about lifting the embargo on Cuba. The U.S. severed diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1961, shortly after Fidel Castro and his communist rebels ousted dictator Fulgencio Batista....

Foreign policy experts welcomed the U.S. move.

Christopher Sabatini, a professor at Columbia University's School of International & Public Affairs, called the move "profound."

Michael Desch, a professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, called it a "long overdue step...."

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