Oliver Kendall is a 2015 graduate of Macalester College, where he studied Political Science with a focus in International Security, including a semester abroad at the Department of War Studies at King's College London. At Macalester, he served for two years as preceptor in the Political Science department's Regional Conflict and Security course, and completed an honors thesis on medical diplomacy. He lives in Washington DC, where he interns with QGA Public Affairs after completing a summer internship at the Truman National Security Project.
The reopening of relations between Cuba and the United States presents opportunities for Cubans to learn the benefits of a freer, more open system of government. In an indication of progress, for example, Cuba just released 3,522 prisoners in anticipation of the Pope’s visit. Perhaps, conversely, the U.S. can learn something from Cuba about how to effectively conduct medical diplomacy, an area in which the Cubans have excelled since the early 1960s.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.