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Georgetown Journal of International Affairs

Sports Without Diplomacy: The United States, Cuba, and Baseball

  • By
  • Tom Garofalo,
  • New America Foundation

That President Richard Nixon made his signature breakthrough to China with the help of "ping pong diplomacy" is one of the verities of U.S. diplomatic history. Since that achievement over forty years ago, those who would like to see an end to the long conflict between Cuba and the United States have often looked to baseball, both nations’ shared national pastime, as a bridge for mutual understanding. While baseball has done its part to bring both countries together on various occasions over the years, the diplomatic impasse remains.

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