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Many things went into this week’s announcement of a reconciliation of sorts between the U.S. and Cuban governments, including input from a conflict resolution nonprofit in Cambridge, Mass.
Beyond Conflict has worked around the globe, including in Northern Ireland, South Africa and El Salvador, to try to get adversaries to sit down and try to find a way to rapprochement.
For the past four years, Beyond Conflict has enlisted leaders from those areas to travel to Miami and Cuba to try to pave the way towards a future reconciliation.
Then during a planning session in Washington, a light bulb went off for Beyond Conflict’s Tim Phillips. Why not get President Obama to sit down with the pope to talk about Cuba?