This 2013 photo shows supporters holding signs to call on the U.S. to bring home U.S. citizen Alan Gross, who was held in a prison in Cuba.  Gross was released Dec. 17.

This 2013 photo shows supporters holding signs to call on the U.S. to bring home U.S. citizen Alan Gross, who was held in a prison in Cuba. Gross was released Dec. 17.

In a televised address to the nation, President Barack Obama outlined a dramatic change in U.S. policy toward Cuba. The U.S. will restore full diplomatic relations with the island nation that sits 90 miles off the tip of Florida, and it will establish an embassy in Havana. The president said a half-century of isolating Cuba and its communist regimes has not worked and it’s time to begin a new chapter. Many Republicans and prominent Cuban-Americans, such as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, sharply criticized the announcement. Join Diane and guests in a discussion on the future of U.S.-Cuba relations and what led up to the policy shift.

Guests

  • Manuel Roig-Franzia reporter, The Washington Post; author of "The Rise of Marco Rubio."
  • Johanna Mendelson-Forman scholar in residence at American University's School of International Service and a senior adviser at the Stimson Center.
  • Tomas Bilbao executive director, Cuba Study Group.
  • Mauricio Claver-Carone editor, Capitol Hill Cubans; director, U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC.

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