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Making Cuba Safe for Capitalism

Talking with Cuba is the first step toward helping to unleash the economic potential of its people.
This economy just needs a little push.

This economy just needs a little push.

Photographer: YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images

A U.S. delegation heads to Havana today to start negotiations on the normalization of ties with Cuba. Don't expect immediate progress. Despite President Barack Obama's bold shift in U.S. policy, the earliest President Raul Castro is likely to embrace democracy or capitalism is in the afterlife.

Still, the give and take of diplomacy offers a chance for U.S. officials to start pushing Cuba for meaningful changes to the thicket of socialist regulations that have held back its economy and its people for the last 50 years.