Russell Crandall, associate professor of political science and contributing editor to Survival, places President Barack Obama's historic three-day visit to Cuba within the context of the administration's foreign policy strategy. He writes:
"Obama's decision to visit rests squarely on his belief that the opening to Cuba is one of his important foreign-policy legacies. Given that relations have been effectively frozen since 1960, his awareness of the history books is not without merit. Preternaturally inclined to play the long game both domestically and abroad, Obama's hope is that his dramatic action on Cuba will force recalcitrants in both Washington and Havana to come around eventually."