Accession Number : ADA327321

Title :   Cuba: The Survival of Communism in the Post-Cold War Era.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Carter, Michelle D.

PDF Url : ADA327321

Report Date : DEC 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 123

Abstract : This thesis examines the survival of Cuban communism in the post-Cold War era. The question addressed is: how viable is communism in Cuba now that communism in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe has failed? This thesis is a case study of communism in Cuba in the post-Cold War period that looks comparatively at Poland and China. Four independent variables are tested: (I) regime legitimacy; (2) economic performance; (3) development of civil society and an autonomous political culture; and (4) United States foreign policy as an agent of regime change. This thesis concludes by addressing United States foreign policy as it relates to Cuba and by recommending a more open relationship that engages the current regime in Cuba. A policy of engagement in Cuba, much like the current United States policy with China, is a win-win strategy that would help oppositional forces in Cuba to find a public space, while denying the current regime a justification for its continuance.

Descriptors :   *COLD WAR, *CUBA, *COMMUNISM, FOREIGN POLICY, GLOBAL, UNITED STATES, ECONOMIC ANALYSIS, POLITICAL SCIENCE, GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN), COMPARISON, THESES, CASE STUDIES, INTERNATIONAL TRADE, CIVIL AFFAIRS, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, CHINA, POLAND.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE