Paul Kramer

Paul Kramer talks to NPR on "Guantanamo Bay A Sticking Point Between U.S., Cuba Since 1903"

SHAFR's Paul Kramer, interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered about Guantanamo Bay (audio and transcript).

Guantanamo Bay is home to the United States' oldest overseas base. And since it was established in 1903, the base has been a bone of contention in U.S. and Cuban relations. Melissa Block talks to Vanderbilt History professor Paul Kramer.

Paul Kramer on A Useful Corner of the World: Guantánamo

It was 1935, and the Guantánamo naval base had to go. So declared an American commission stocked with foreign-policy experts: the United States was pursuing less antagonistic relations with its southern neighbors, and an American base on Cuban soil, anchored by a lease without an end date, looked increasingly like an “anomaly.” Weren’t there enough defensible harbors on the United States’ own Gulf Coast, or on Puerto Rico? The commission wrote that the U.S.

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