The Guardian quotes Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center Director Peter Schechter on the announcement that the United States and Cuba will renew diplomatic relations:
Peter Schechter, director of the Latin America Center at the Atlantic Council, a DC think-tank, made it clear the announcement marked the end of an era: “It’s the beginning of the end of US sanctions on Cuba,” he said.
“It has finally now taken the US out of the equation as a political issue,” Schechter says. “This is no small issue. It is time for people to see what Cuba is without hearing them use the crutch of the US as a big excuse.”