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Summit of the Americas standoff: Cuba wants in

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• A version of this post ran on the author's blog, The views expressed are the author's own.

It’s never easy to sit at the same table as someone with whom you have deep disagreements, especially when you believe that that someone shouldn’t even be at the table.

But, President Obama could find himself in that position at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia this April. 

President Obama and thirty-three other heads of state from around the region, all members of the Organization of American States (OAS), are expected to attend the summit.  But several countries have threatened to boycott the summit if Cuba is not invited.  The showdown over the possible attendance of Cuba’s Raul Castro – or the possible boycott by Ecuador, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and several Caribbean nations if he is not invited – will be a test of the US’s ability to lead and build consensus within the region.  But it doesn't have to be a crisis of conscience.


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