Canadian author and journalist Arnold August has released a new book examining relations between Cuba and the United States, focusing on the expected decisions of U.S. President Donald Trump regarding the illegal blockade against the island.
The book, called "Cuba-U.S. Relations: Obama and Beyond,” is being presented in Ottawa, Canada with the presence of scholars and politicians. The release comes after Trump criticized Cuba and its political system during a speech in the United Nations General Assembly last week.
This is the third book on Cuba by August. His two previous works include “Democracy in Cuba and the 1997-98 Elections” and “Cuba and Its Neighbors: Democracy in Motion.”
“This book could not have been timelier,” said Antoni Kapcia, a researcher at the University of Nottingham.
"With Fidel Castro’s death focusing outside attention on Cuba’s future and with Trump’s election throwing U.S.-Cuba 'normalization' into question, Arnold August contests the common assumptions and public rhetoric about Cuban politics and about that 'normalization.’”
A major focus of the book is the effect of the illegal U.S. blockade on Cuban society. Leaders from more than 30 countries on five continents called on the United States to end the decades-long policy imposed on the Caribbean island at the recent U.N. General Assembly.
Trump, however, called Cuba “corrupt and destabilizing” in his address to the New York City meeting, adding that he would not lift the blockade until the Caribbean nation made what he called “fundamental reforms.”
“Against the background of the history of Cuba-U.S. interconnectedness and in light of Obama’s initiative and Trump’s election, Arnold August deals with the relationship between the two countries, delving into past and current U.S. aggression against Cuba’s artistic field, ideology, and politics," Fernwood Publishing said about the book.
“Based on twenty years of fieldwork and investigation of Cuba, this book provides a unique perspective on the island’s diverse approaches to the cultural war being waged by the U.S. and illustrates the heterogeneous nature of Cuban society.”