While US companies are seeking compensation for the nationalization of their property, Cubans are ready to demand compensation for the years under the trade embargo.
MOSCOW (Sputnik), Alexander Mosesov — Following the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Washington and Havana, US companies began seeking compensation for property nationalized by the Cuban government over 50 years ago, the president of the Public Diplomacy Council told Sputnik Tuesday.The US sanctions against Cuba were introduced after the 1959 nationalization of over $1 billion-worth of US assets on the island. In 1961, the United States broke off relations with Cuba and imposed a trade and travel embargo. In December 2014, US President Barack Obama announced his administration would pursue a policy of normalizing relations with Cuba. On Monday, Washington and Havana officially re-established diplomatic relations by reopening embassies.
“We are already seeing claims by US companies that they should be compensated for nationalization decades ago of their businesses and property by the Cuban government,” Adam Clayton Powell III said, adding that claims by Cubans for US compensation for the trade embargo “would almost certainly be raised.” “This [lifting the embargo] is enmeshed in US politics, involving Congress, which must approve it, and candidates for President, some of whom are critical of any closer ties to Havana,” Clayton Powell III said. On Monday, the White House said that the mutual reopening of US-Cuban embassies does not abolish existing US restrictions on the island nation.Tags: embargo, compensation, nationalization, Public Diplomacy Council, Adam Clayton Powell III, Cuba, United States
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United." Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."