Cuban International Relations at 60 brings together the perspectives of leading experts and the personal accounts of two ambassadors to examine Cuba’s global engagement and foreign policy since January 1959 by focusing on the island’s key international relationships and issues. Thisbook’s first section focuseson Havana’s complex relationship with Washington and its second section concentrates on Cuba’s other key relationships with consideration also being given to Cuba's external trade and investment sectors and the possibility of the island becoming a future petro-power. Throughout this study due attention is given to the role of history and Cuban nationalism in the formation of the island’s unique foreign policy. This book’s examination and reflection on Cuba as an actor on the international arena for the 60 years of the revolutionary period highlights the multifaceted and complex reasons for the island’s global engagement. It concludes that Cuba’s global presence since January 1959 has been remarkable for a Caribbean island, is unparalleled, and is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. Scholars of international relations, Latin American studies, and political science n will find this book particularly interesting.
Mervyn J. Bain is professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations and head of the School of Social Science at the University of Aberdeen, UK.
Chris Walker is researcher in the International Development Studies Department at Saint Mary's University, Canada.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Reflections on Cuba’s Global Connections (1959-2019)
Mervyn J. Bain and Chris Walker.
Part I: Cuban – U.S. Relations
Chapter 1 The Process of Rapprochement Between Cuba and the United States: Lessons Learnt.
Remarks at the “The Cuban Revolution at 60” conference. Dalhousie University, Halifax, October 31, 2019.
Chapter 2 US-Cuban Relations: Personal Reflections. Remarks by Ambassador (ret.) Jeffrey DeLaurentis. Saturday, November 2, 2019
Chapter 3 Coercive Diplomacy or Constructive Engagement: Sixty Years of US Policy Toward Cuba
Chapter 4 The President has the Constitutional Power to Terminate the Embargo
Robert L. Muse
Chapter 5 [Re]Searching for the ‘Havana Syndrome’
Chapter 6 From Eisenhower to Trump: A Historical Summary of the US-Cuba Conflict (1959-2020)
Liliana Fernández Mollinedo
Part II: Cuba on the Global Stage
Chapter 7 Cuba is Africa, Africa is Cuba
Chapter 8 Cuba-Canada Relations: Challenges and Prospects
Chapter 9 Cuba-China Relations and the Construction of Socialism
Adrian H. Hearn and Rafael Hernández
Chapter 10 Cuba-European Union Relations. A Complex and Multifaceted Relationship
Liliana Fernández Mollinedo and Mervyn J. Bain
Chapter 11 Havana and Moscow; Now, the Future and the Shadow of the Past
Mervyn J. Bain
Chapter 12 Havana and Caracas: Counter-Hegemonic Cooperation and the Battle for Sovereignty
Chapter 13 Cuba’s Struggling External Sector: Internal Challenges and Outside Factors
Chapter 14 Cuba as a Petropower? Foreign Relations Implications
H. Michael Erisman
Conclusions: Reflections on Cuba’s Global Connections
Mervyn J. Bain and Chris Walker
“At yet another crossroads for Cuba (coming to terms with both a post-Trump world and the human, economic and political costs of Covid-19), its global context could not be more relevant, even for a system that has always had to react rather than shape the world. This volume therefore is very apposite and invaluable at a key time, viewing Cuba's place in the present world through the eyes of some of the very best specialist experts in their fields, who bring us analysis with a mix of balanced perspectives and deep thought. One of the best of its kind.”
"How do we make sense of tiny Cuba’s against-the-odds-survival in a world dominated by hostile, competing superpowers? Or its leadership role in the global south? Or the surprising success of its foreign policy built on the unlikely foundation of medical internationalism? Cuban International Relations at 60 — bringing together the work of activists, ambassadors, experts and scholars of Cuba from around the world — will help readers better understand how Cuba has managed to punch so far above its weight in the world for more than 60 years."