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U.S. and Cuba Relations Continue to Improve

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Pope Francis was in Mexico this week talking about borders and immigration policy while the presidential candidates did the same on this side of the border.

In addition, this week the White House also announced that President Obama will soon become the first American President since Calvin Coolidge to visit Cuba.

Foreign policy contributor Art Cyr notes that the Obama's visit to Cuba is a great step forward in relations between the two countries. However, Cyr says that the new access to Cuba should be getting more attention.

"The fact that there is not a great deal of wider resonance shows just how much Cuba has faded, and I mean faded dramatically, just in the last couple of decades in U.S. politics," he says.

As economic and political connections are secured between the United States and Cuba in the coming months, Cyr believes that despite the long period of isolation, both countries will take advantage of many new opportunities.

"Given the large professional class, the large physical infrastructure and educational infrastructure in Cuba, there's a tremendous opportunity for economic growth there that will benefit both sides," he says.

Arthur I. Cyr is Director of the Clausen Center for World Business and Clausen Distinguished Professor at Carthage College in Kenosha. Previously he was President of the Chicago World Trade Center, the Vice President of the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, a faculty member and executive at UCLA, and an executive at the Ford Foundation. His publications include the book After the Cold War - American Foreign Policy, Europe and Asia (Macmillan and NYU Press).