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By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

Nearly a year after floating the idea, the Obama administration instructed the State Department to remove Cuba from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. The delisting will have minimal impact on U.S. policy as the embargo of the island nation remains in place. In most instances, inclusion on the State Departments State Sponsor of Terrorism list comes with economic and political consequences, but for Cuba the delisting was certainly important, though mostly symbolic.

By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

After months of back-channel diplomacy the U.S. and Cuba have pledged to normalize ties. Rumblings of a prisoner swap between the two nations have circulated over the past few months, but the full picture has remained opaque until this week.

By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

President Barrack Obama, in a somewhat surprising announcement, stated his intentions Wednesday to formalize diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba. He has advocated a long-term policy of engagement with Cuba that would see the opening of an American embassy in Cuba, promoting greater transnational communications, business opportunities and trade.