Political Uncertainty in Post-Fidel Castro Cuba
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The United States and the nation of Cuba have maintained an adversarial relationship for over four decades. Since seizing power and establishing his revolutionary communist government, Fidel Castro has been an insoluble policy issue for ten U.S. presidents. At the height of the Cold War, Cubas alliance with the Soviet Union brought the United States and the USSR to the brink of nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Migration from Cuba has been a continuous strain on United States-Cuba relations, dramatically impacting the demographics and politics of South Florida, and twice resulting in mass exoduses of Cubans. Throughout Castros rule, the U.S. policy of diplomatic and economic isolation in order to promote regime change and democracy in Cuba has remained fundamentally unchanged. This paper examines U.S. policy options for a post-Castro Cuba.
- Government and Political Science