This seminar seeks to provide students with a grounding in four areas related to Cuba and its relationship to the United States. First the course will compare Cuba's Spanish colonial legacy with that of the English colonies, review the U.S. intervention and the island's ensuing legal and economic developments prior to the 1959 Castro revolution. Second, it will examine the island's communist revolution and the U.S. embargo. Study of the latter will include the legal authorities for establishing U.S. foreign policy, the development of the Cuban embargo into this country's most comprehensive sanctions regime, and an understanding of its practical operation. Third the course will focus on Cuba's experience with human rights throughout its history, including debates on how these rights should be defined. Fourth, the course will explore how Cuba might transition from its current legal and economic model by considering the experiences in other countries as well as several proposals specific to Cuba. Finally, a brief overview will place these inquiries into the broader contexts of Latin America as well as the exercise of U.S. foreign policy throughout the world.