Venezuela - Cuba - United States

The recent Summit of the Americas has come and gone but the next few months and year will show whether it was a turning point in hemispheric relations, or whether the signs of a thaw were just prematurely warm spring weather. The international media highlighted the historic meeting between the presidents of the United States and Cuba. This was convenient for the Obama administration, which wanted to avoid the impression of yet another disastrous summit by showing progress on an initiative that will be President Obama’s only positive achievement in this hemisphere – if U.S.-Cuban relations are actually normalized.