Accession Number : ADA308597

Title :   U.S. Policy Towards Cuba for the Next Decade.

Descriptive Note : Strategy research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Sachtleben, Glen R.

PDF Url : ADA308597

Report Date : 27 MAR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 39

Abstract : Since the revolution that brought Castro to power thirty-seven years ago, U.S. Cuban relations have been characterized by mutual disdain, security concerns, and international competition for influence, with occasional partial respites. When the Cold War thawed, and the strategic justification for U.S. Cuban policy evaporated, powerful domestic factors kept it largely locked in place. U.S. policy towards Cuba seems inconsistent with both the National Security Strategy and economic goals for the region. An uncontrollable crisis looms as Cuba struggles to overcome the legacy of the Castro regime's economic incompetence. If Castro fails to maintain control, one very serious threat to U.S. interests will be migration. Accordingly, the United States cannot wait too long, or it may be overtaken by events. A fresh approach is overdue. This paper exarnines two such possibilities and provides a recommendation as to which might work best. These options are then filtered through existing U.S. regional interests and a set of critical dynamics that will affect any policy decision. The end result, I will argue, is a recommendation that best fits U.S. interests in the Caribbean.

Descriptors :   *INTERNATIONAL POLITICS, *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, MILITARY STRATEGY, UNITED STATES, POLICIES, NATIONAL SECURITY, DECISION MAKING, DYNAMICS, COLD WAR, CUBA, DOMESTIC.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE