Accession Number : ADA556433


Title :   Far Away from the Revolution: Understanding the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces Mission Changes


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF NATIONAL SECURITY AFFAIRS


Personal Author(s) : Ramos Guzman, Antonio I


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a556433.pdf


Report Date : Dec 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 79


Abstract : Over five decades have passed since the triumph of Fidel Castro's guerrilla army in the revolution that removed Cuba's dictator, Fulgencio Batista. Since then, the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias, or FAR) --with roots in the revolutionary movement -- has redefined its role and missions several times up to the current regime. This thesis explores how the FAR has adapted to mission changes from the end of the revolution to the post-Cold War period (1959-present) while remaining loyal to the revolution. The FAR's commitment to the state and subordination to political leaders is particularly interesting, considering its most recent mission shift into entrepreneurship. The thesis seeks to analyze the extent of political influence the FAR has exercised in Cuba, and explore potential linkages between shifts in political power and mission change. First, the thesis will chronologically explore the development and progression of the FAR as an institutional actor, paying particular attention to the militarization of the Cuban economy. Second, the implications of all these changes are placed in context by exploring the FAR's power dynamics with other political institutions. Lastly, it will assess the importance of the domestic dimension of the FAR, and its contributions to the Cuban economy against the relevance of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC).


Descriptors :   *CUBA , *GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , *GUERRILLA WARFARE , *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , *MISSIONS , *POLITICAL REVOLUTION , *TRANSITIONS , COMMUNISM , COMMUNITY RELATIONS , ECONOMIC IMPACT , EVOLUTION(DEVELOPMENT) , HISTORY , INDUSTRIES , POLITICAL PARTIES , SOCIALISM , THESES


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Humanities and History
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE