Redefining Cuban Foreign Policy: The Impact of the Special Period

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Mai 2006



Against all odds, Cuba has adapted to the post-Soviet world and redefined itself by drastically realigning its international relationships. These essays from renowned scholars around the globe (including Cuba) analyze the strategy of the revolutionary government as it patched together a totally revamped foreign policy during the years known as the Special Period, from 1989 to the present. With the implosion of the Soviet Union, Cuba's trading partners in the socialist bloc, who also provided the country with subsidies and solid political and military support, suddenly vanished. Almost overnight, however, the tiny country found new trading partners and diplomatic alliances. With a creative and ambitious foreign policy, Cuban socialism overcame formidable obstacles and survived the demise of the USSR and European socialism. This book establishes the context for the radical restructuring of the country's international relations and looks at probable future developments. It focuses on specific case histories of key importance, in particular Havana's relationship with the European Union, Latin American, Canada, Spain, Russia, Mexico, and the Caribbean, since the beginning of the Special Period and especially during the last decade. It also shows how Cuba's response to internal events has negatively influenced the execution of its foreign policy and complicated its domestic environment.


H. Michael Erisman, professor of political science at Indiana State University, is the author of six books, including Cuba's Foreign Relations in a Post-Soviet World (UPF, 2000). John M. Kirk, professor of Spanish at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is the author or coauthor of numerous books with the University Press of Florida, most recently Culture and the Cuban Revolution: Conversations in Havana (UPF).

EAN: 9780813029375
ISBN: 0813029376
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2006
Seitenanzahl: 360 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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