– this post authored by Reggie Thompson
The lasting mark that Fidel Castro will leave on Cuba could continue to undercut Havana’s outreach to the United States long after his death. Shaped by Castro’s ideological vision, the autocratic government that exists in Havana today directly conflicts with U.S. laws governing Washington’s relationship with it – a reality that is unlikely to change any time soon. But Cuba did not become an autocracy on its own. Many forces, including the United States, helped set its political path, one that must be traced back more than a century to truly understand Castro and the nation he created.