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Cuba After Fidel: Economic Reform, Political Liberalization, and Foreign Relations

Discuss the main changes in Cuba’s economy, domestic politics, and foreign relations of the last decade and a half. Examine the processes of economic reform and political liberalization in Cuba after Raúl Castro’s rise to the presidency in 2006 and the approval of the economic and social guidelines of the VI Congress of the CCP in 2011. Discuss the reasons and politics that led to the specific project of reform adopted by the government, and examine how it has succeeded or failed in different areas of Cuba’s economic, political, and social life. Analyze the process of rapprochement with the United States under Barack Obama’s presidency and the general effects of the US-Cuba détente and the domestic processes of economic reform and political liberalization on Cuba’s role in the world. Consider the improvement of Cuba’s relations with American allies (Canada, European Union) and strategic rivals (Russia and China). The class ends with a discussion about the rise of Miguel Diaz-Canel to the presidency and the expectations of economic and political changes in his presidential term.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • A basic understanding of Cuba’s domestic politics and foreign policy
  • Insights into the central dynamics of current Cuba’s economic trajectory and scenarios for the country’s future relations with the rest of the world

Ideal for

  • Those interested in learning more about Cuba from an international relations perspective
  • Students of foreign policy
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