Fidel Castro may be ending his nearly 50-year tenure as president of Cuba, but don’t expect big changes in U.S. policy toward the communist country. (Much less any chance of getting those Cuban cigars imported to your grandfather legally.)
Foreign policy and economic analysts expect the status quo, established when President John F. Kennedy froze trade relations with Cuba 40 years ago, to remain intact.
“In reality, nothing is going to change,” said John Kavulich, president of the U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council. “There is no incentive right now for Cuba to reach out to the U.S. – with or without Fidel at the head of the government.”