Hidden Diplomatic Efforts Between Cuba and USA – Open Forum at Stanford University

Interview with Peter Kornbluh


Author Peter Kornbluh

The director of the National Security Archive’s Chile Documentation Project and of the Cuba Documentation Project, Dr. Peter Kornbluh came to Stanford to talk about his latest book called “ Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana” few weeks ago.

I aired the lecture he gave at the Center for Latin American Studies at Stanford University. However, a lot was also talked about the topic and the book during the open forum and during my interview with the author. Today I am also airing this conversation. There some professors, researchers, other journalists and even students of Latin American Studies questioned and commented about the materials, about the photos and documents that were shown, the analysis of it and about the history of the relations between the two countries.

The book is a deep analysis of a series of documents declassified and archived by the National Security Archives, that will teach some lessons about diplomatic efforts, sometimes successful but mostly failed, and how to address future conflicts and friendly conversations with Cuba and other countries alike.

Nikita khrushchev, Fidel Castro and John F. Kennedy - protagonists during the Cuban missile crisis

Nikita khrushchev, Fidel Castro and John F. Kennedy – protagonists during the Cuban missile crisis

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