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Diaspora Lobbies and the US GovernmentConvergence and Divergence in Making Foreign Policy$
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Josh DeWind and Renata Segura

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479818761

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479818761.001.0001

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Cuban Americans and US Cuba Policy

Cuban Americans and US Cuba Policy

(p.132) Chapter Six Cuban Americans and US Cuba Policy
Diaspora Lobbies and the US Government

Lisandro Pérez

NYU Press

This chapter argues that the Cuban diaspora have played a major role in shaping US foreign policy toward their homeland. Although the population of Cuban Americans in the United States comprises fewer than two million people, their concentration within Florida and their positions within the US government legislative and administrative branches have enabled them to exert an even greater influence than that of Irish Americans. This influence is enhanced by the absence of rival interests or policies toward Cuba since the end of the Cold War. Ultimately, it was the Reagan administration that urged the Cuban diaspora leaders to form the Cuban American National Foundation (CANF) as a lobby that would subsequently take the lead in shaping US policies.

Keywords:   Cuban diaspora, US foreign policy, Cuban Americans, Reagan administration, CANF

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