Revolution from a F.A.R. The Cuban Armed Forces in Africa and the Middle East
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In 1975, when Fidel Castro sent thousands of combat troops to support the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola the MPLA, many observers were taken aback at what they presumed to be a radical and dangerous departure in Cuban foreign policy. At best it seemed to signal renewed Cuban interest in the export of revolution, and at worst, a new round of superpower competition in the Third World, in the form of war by proxy. Two years later, as Cuban troops remain mired in Angola, the issue of Cuban military missions overseas remains one of the stumbling blocks to further improvements in U. S.-Cuban relations. This report takes a close look at these missions, their origins, purposes, and likely future.
- Government and Political Science
- Unconventional Warfare