Domínguez, Jorge I.
September 1978
Foreign Affairs;Fall1978, Vol. 57 Issue 1, p83
This article looks at foreign policy in Cuba at the beginning of the 1970s. Cuba is a small country, but it has a big country's foreign policy. Cuban foreign policy may, in fact, be the outstanding success of the Cuban Revolution. Its foremost accomplishment is that it has made it possible for revolutionary rule to survive for two decades, in the face of what was until very implacable and multifaceted U.S. opposition. The survival of revolutionary rule remains the foremost objective of their foreign policy. Cuba required the Soviet connection, not only to make a Marxist-Leninist regime, with tropical flavor, but also to fund an economic growth and redistribution program. The gaining of foreign support for economic development has all along been the second objective of Cuban foreign policy. In the critical choices it had to make between 1959 and 1961 about relations with the U.S., Cuba might have avoided the economic dislocations of the 1960s if it had simply slowed down or aborted its revolutionary program, especially by eschewing policies of government control and redistribution of resources. Instead, the revolutionary government sacrificed short-run internal welfare to its principal aim: the survival and consolidation of its own kind of political regime.


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