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Fifty Years of RevolutionPerspectives on Cuba, the United States, and the World$
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Soraya M. Castro Marino and John S. Reitan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813040233

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813040233.001.0001

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The Johnson-Nixon-Castro Years

The Johnson-Nixon-Castro Years

Superpower Containment of Cuba

(p.199) 10 The Johnson-Nixon-Castro Years
Fifty Years of Revolution

William O. Walker III

University Press of Florida

This essay argues that the United States and the Soviet Union endeavored to thwart attempts by Cuba to become a prominent international actor from the mid-1960s through the early 1970s. They did so because of their mutual fear of dramatic changes in world affairs that were beyond their control and because each feared that what they saw as the adventurism of Cuban foreign policy might impair the prospects of détente. In the wake of the Cuban Missile Crisis, officials in Moscow and Washington vowed to improve relations in order to avert another possible nuclear showdown. In short, the Soviet Union and the United States tacitly joined forces in the name of détente to contain Cuban efforts to play an influential global role.

Keywords:   U.S.-Soviet Union détente, Soviet Union, Fidel Castro, Cuban Missile Crisis, Cuban foreign policy

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