One comment goes to the effect that for a negotiation to work, two parties have to be interested in making it work. True. But even though del Pino writes about negotiation, in a way he’s not really proposing a standard negotiation.
He is saying that some authorities in
He outlines his first step in such a way that would not require face-to-face talks.
This is the approach taken in the Cuba Democracy Act of 1992, the famous Ley Torricelli that was worked out with and endorsed by the late Jorge Mas Canosa. The only difference is that del Pino is specific, and that 1992 law was general. It said that if
Of course, Helms-Burton came along four years later, wiping out these provisions and replacing them with a checklist of all-or-nothing requirements that surely delighted the Castros, and that makes the American President a spectator in the event that
I think General del Pino’s ideas – and other similar ideas, such as those proposed by the Cuba Study Group – are constructive, even though it’s hard for me to imagine a political scenario where a negotiation on Cuban domestic policies would take place. My view is that