Fidel Castro's revolution and its foreign policy extensions have been the source of much U.S.-Latin American policy frustration during the last 30 years. Not only the ideological tensions, but the almost global sweep of Cuba's national pretensions have consumed U.S. resources and political capital, and thrust a small island nation to the forefront of global intrigue and crisis. But as this volume shows, there are signs that Cuba's internationalism is now at a crossroads. Fauriol and Loser have gathered together a distinguished group of specialists on Cuba to review principal aspects of Cuba's international relations. Among the new dimensions discussed are shifts in Cuba's African policy, the residual political impact of Grenada, developments in Central America, the aftermath of the Ochoa narcotics episode, and perhaps most significantly, the degree of tension between Cuba and both Moscow and Washington, and leadership succession beyond Castro. A primary issue for Cuba, the authors show, will be its isolation within the Soviet bloc, and its refusal to address Gorbachev's challenges to the status quo. At the very least, Cuba risks becoming an irrelevant anachronism amidst the groundswell of change in the communist world. These and other issues are addressed in a major review of Cuba's position in the world 30 years after its revolution. "Cuba: The International Dimension "will be of interest to researchers and policy makers concerned with Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as those interested in changes in the Third World and communist countries worldwide. Contributors include: Jiri Valenta, Jaime Suchlicki, William Ratliff, Ernest Evans, Juan Benemelis, Gillian Gunn, Scott MacDonald, Michael J. Mazaar, Constantine Menges, Jorge F. Perez-Lopez, Jorge Sanguinetty, Paula J. Pettavino, and Juan M. del Aguila.
'...does much to explain the present legitimacy of the revolution. . . . presents illuminative vignettes of Cuban life and thoughtful commentaries on selected aspects of political, economic, social and cultural change....will appeal to those approaching Cuba for the first time...' -s INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
Today, Castro's regime appears vulnerable to breakdown. His government cannot deliver the minimum amounts of foodstuffs guaranted in citizens' rationing cards, and the achievements of the Revolution, including fill employment, access to education, and quality health care, are increasingly compromised. Amid the government's deterioration, questions abound about just what will happen next: will the fidelista regime finesse its survival or will a new order emerge in Cuba during the 1990s? "This anthology is a significant contribution in that it updates our knowledge of Cuba and helps to situate it in a broader historical framework."--Rhoda Rabkin, author ofCuban Politics "A balanced, first-rate set of studies that illuminate why Cuba has not yet followed the path of its erstwhile communist allies in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, while analyzing the political, econimic, and social strains that a Cuba in crises is currently experiencing."--Edward Gonzalez, author ofCuba Under Castro
A thorough examination of the history of the controversial island country looks at little-known aspects of its past, from its pre-Columbian origins to the fate of its native peoples, complete with up-to-date information on Cuba's place in a post-Soviet world.
The histories of sugarcane and its ethereal descendant-authentic Cuban rum-are closely associated with the legends of the Cuban nation, with its countryside, its culture, its music and its spirit. In this book you will discover the true roots of Cuban rum: from its relationships with people from explorer Christopher Columbus to author Ernest Hemingway; with places from the aging cellars at the distilleries to the legendary bars of Havana; and with its multi-cultural influences that they transformed into a distinctive Cuban identity; and with the embodiment of that persona in art, in literature, in music, in spirituality and in life itself. This is a tale of passion and imagery, in which kings and conquistadors, pirates and planters, master rum blenders and bartenders, international movie stars and industrial magnates, revolutionaries and romanticists each play a significant role.