Far Away from the Revolution: Understanding the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces Mission Changes
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF NATIONAL SECURITY AFFAIRS
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Over five decades have passed since the triumph of Fidel Castros guerrilla army in the revolution that removed Cubas 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 FARs 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 FARs 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.
- Government and Political Science
- Humanities and History
- Military Forces and Organizations