What’s Next For U.S.-Cuban Relations?
After 54 years of closure, the U.S. embassy in Havana and the Cuban embassy in Washington, D.C. each began flying their flags once more this week, a symbol of the restored diplomatic ties between the two nations. Here is what we can expect from the relationship going forward:
- College students now able to travel to country without pretense of learning single thing about people or customs
- Foreign telecommunications companies to provide Cuban people with greater access to overcharges and hidden service fees
- Widespread dilution of Cuban culture to accommodate influx of American tourism
- Your coworker to go on for next year and a half about how amazing the boliche he got in El Prado was
- A lot more rumba-inspired at-bat music
- Cuban newspaper readers finally able to catch up on last 50 years of Rex Morgan, M.D.
- Probably some thinkpiece about how Cuba has started losing its unique charm
- Additional tropical destination where people can relax against backdrop of extreme poverty