In DepthScience Diplomacy

Political chill reverses thaw in U.S.-Cuban science

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Science  01 Dec 2017:
Vol. 358, Issue 6367, pp. 1115
DOI: 10.1126/science.358.6367.1115

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Three years after the United States and Cuba announced the restoration of diplomatic relations, the atmosphere for cooperation has grown sharply chillier. In June, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that he would roll back the rapprochement, and his administration followed through last month with rules that limit travel to Cuba from the United States, and where Americans can spend money on the island. The new regulations don’t explicitly target science and have exemptions for academics. But the Trump administration has forbidden short-term travel by most U.S. government officials to Cuba. (Scientists with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had to pull out of a conference in Havana next month for that reason.) And the closure of the U.S. consulate in Havana in October means that Cubans must travel to a third country to apply for a U.S. visa, all but shutting down visits by Cuban scientists to the United States.