TITLE

CANADA AND THE CUBAN REVOLUTION: DEFINING THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT 1959-1962

AUTHOR(S)
Rodríguez, Raúl Rodríguez
PUB. DATE
March 2010
SOURCE
Canadian Foreign Policy (CFP);2010, Vol. 16 Issue 1, p63
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The triumph of the Cuban Revolution in 1959 was a turning point in the history of the Cuban republic; a new Cuban government started a process of socio-economic and political transformations. The initial reaction of the United States government-with the additional support of the Cuban propertied class-led to the deterioration of the United States-Cuba bilateral relation. As the US economic sanctions were instituted, the Cuban government turned to other Western states, Canada among them, to try to minimize the economic impact of US policy. Canada's export-oriented economy was poised to benefit from the new opportunities offered by the Cuban market, and Cuba offered Canada a means to assert its sovereignty by forging an independent foreign policy stance. Canada was forced to observe restraint and allegiance to its NATO partners, and especially to its closest ally, the United States-the state most hostile to the outcome of the Revolution in the context of Cold War. This complex scenario started to unfold in 1959, and was fraught with challenges and opportunities for Canada- Cuba bilateral relations. These first eventful years would have a lasting impact upon Canadian policy toward Cuba until the present day. Drawing upon Canadian and Cuban original documents, this article presents a characterization of the bilateral relationship during 1959-1962: how it was perceived in Ottawa and Havana, and how-by dealing with the situation from 1959 on- the Diefenbaker government defined the rules for future bilateral engagements with Cuba.
ACCESSION #
55527119

 

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