TITLE

TO ENGAGE OR NOT TO ENGAGE: AN (A)FFECTIVE ARGUMENT IN FAVOUR OF A POLICY OF ENGAGEMENT WITH CUBA

AUTHOR(S)
McNeil, Calum
PUB. DATE
March 2010
SOURCE
Canadian Foreign Policy (CFP);2010, Vol. 16 Issue 1, p155
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This paper seeks to explore the role of emotion in Canadian and American policy toward Cuba, with specific consideration of the emotional and normative dynamics associated Canadian-Cuban policy during the 1990s, and with the Cuban Democracy Act of 1992 and the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (Libertad) Act of 1996. A key point of comparison of this analysis is the assumption shared by both Canadian and American policy toward Cuba that regime change is inevitable, and that it will invariably correspond to the norms predominant in the domestic political systems of both states. It is my contention that a consideration of emotion allows us to gain insight into the decision-making behaviour in both states-and amongst the mass publics contained within them. It also allows us a means to more fully understand the possible particularities that distinguish the rational calculus of one state's policies from another. By broadening our understanding of these, I illustrate how a policy of engagement is preferable to either embargo or constructive engagement.
ACCESSION #
55527124

 

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