HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A University of Southern Mississippi assistant professor of history said Wednesday that the "time is right" for a new political and diplomatic relationship with Cuba.
Dr. Matthew Casey, who teaches courses on Latin-American and Caribbean history, reacted to an announcement by President Obama that the U.S. was re-establishing diplomatic relations, as well as increasing economic and travel ties with that communist island nation.
Obama said "isolation has not worked," and "it's time for a new approach."
The president's announcement was accompanied by Cuba's release of American Alan Gross, who's been jailed in that country for five years.
The Cubans also released a U.S. spy held in Cuba in a swap for three Cubans jailed in Florida.
"The Cold War is over and now, in some ways, these governments are able to come at this problem with a clean slate, because the prisoners on both sides were released," said Casey.
Casey also said increasing interaction with the Cuban people could benefit them socially and politically.