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Inside Cuba? Pope Francis, Civil Society and Democratization

Diplomatic relations between Washington and Havana are, understandably, the big news of the day, the week and the foreseeable future. What happens inside Cuba, however, may be equally important.

What will be the internal impact on democratization of closer Cuban ties with the United States and even closer ties with the Vatican? The announcement that 53 Cuban political prisoners will be released as part of the international agreement could help strengthen law-based civil liberties, essential to democratization.

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