USM professor weighs in on new U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations

USM professor weighs in on new U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A professor at The University of Southern Mississippi who recently spent time in Cuba is reacting to the Obama administration's announcement that the United States and Cuba are restoring diplomatic relations.

Matthew Casey said it is important because of the increasing number of American travelers and investors in Cuba.

Casey teaches history and has traveled to Cuba many times. In May, he and about two dozen other professors and students spent two weeks there.

President Obama said Wednesday that embassies in Havana and Washington will open soon.

The President called the move a "historic step" and said Congress should lift the embargo on Cuba.

Casey said he is not sure how the new relationship between the two countries will affect Cuban politics.

"It's not clear how this is going to change the Cuban political landscape," he said. "On the surface, if it does, it's only going to be one small piece in a much larger transformation."