After a half century, power is slipping away from El Commandante. Is the United States agile enough to capitalize on Cuba without Fidel?
The news out of the Caribbean and northern South America during late February and early March of this year demands action by U.S. policy-makers. On 19 February Fidel Castro resigned as President of Cuba. On 1 March, Colombia's Defense Ministry announced that its security forces had killed a member of the FARC's (Spanish acronym for Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) governing secretariat, Raul Reyes. 1 Two days later another FARC leader, also a member of the seven-man secretariat, Ivan Rios, was reported killed by his own bodyguard. 2