Trying to Legislate Foreign Policy. The Story of Helms-Burton
NATIONAL WAR COLL WASHINGTON DC
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The history of the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act, popularly known as Helms-Burton, is perplexing from several vantage points. To begin with, international relations theory generally holds that foreign policy formulation focuses on new, or at least changing, threats. Helms-Burton, however, was proposed and enacted at a time of general consensus that Cuba was no longer a serious threat to American national security interests. Indeed, it was the Castro regimes very weakness that became a principal justification for increasing pressure on the island.
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