William LeoGrande, Huffington Post
Despite the stalemate in relations between the U.S. and Cuban governments, President Barack Obama deserves credit for deepening relations between the two societies. His 2009 decision to lift restrictions on Cuban American family travel and remittances has led to a five-fold increase in family visits and remittances have more than doubled. His 2011 decision to restore "people-to-people" educational travel that George W. Bush abolished has produced a cornucopia of travel options for ordinary Americans interested in exploring the long-forbidden isle.
Obama also relaxed restrictions on academic exchanges, opening the door to a flurry of new programs. Working level U.S. diplomats seem sincerely eager to expand academic cooperation and are willing to work with Cuban universities to make it happen -- just as they would normally do in any other country...
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