The Huffington Post quotes Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center Deputy Director Jason Marczak on why the normalization of US-Cuban relations is progressing slowly:
“Here’s the thing — the normalization of relations with Cuba scares the Cubans,” Jason Marczak, a Latin America expert at the Atlantic Council, told HuffPost. “The Cubans were not prepared for everything the president announced on Dec. 17. The fundamental structure of the [Cuban] regime is based on slow, orderly transition and what was announced on Dec. 17 was a series of potentially very fast and chaotic movements that could fundamentally reshape the island.”
Marczak said the U.S. “would love to come to the Summit of the Americas with an embassy,” but Cuban officials have said they first expect the U.S. to ease banking restrictions and to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.