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February 25, 2013 7:32 PM

Even if Raul Castro steps down in 2018, U.S.-Cuba relations may not thaw

Cuban President Raul Castro’s announcement over the weekend that he’ll step down in 2018 after the five-year term he just began ends starts the countdown for U.S. officials contemplating a thaw in relations with the island nation. But analysts caution that so far the regime’s reforms amount to window dressing.

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