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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 Time for Cuba Is Coming

The Time for Cuba Is Coming

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Fifty Years of Revolution

Víctor López Villafañe

University Press of Florida

Víctor López Villafañe looks into the future of Cuba's relations with the United States and the world. The present juncture for Cuba is very different than what the situation has been for the last fifty years; everything within global political forces has changed and will continue to change. Cuba now has much greater support in Latin America and its relationship with China is now important. The United States, due to its defeat in Iraq and the great economic crisis it is presently undergoing, will be obligated to change its policies toward Latin America, and this change cannot come about effectively without official recognition of Cuba. Likewise, the new generations of the exile Cuban community in Miami are more receptive to normalizing relations with the island. World political conditions are much more positive for Cuba now than in the past. Finally, Cuba has an enormous economic potential for the future, as it possesses unique comparative advantages in the context of Latin America. In conclusion, Cuba at the beginning of the twenty-first century has new international and domestic factors that auger very favorably for its future. Cuba is going to change, and this change is going to transform Latin America and beyond.

Keywords:   Cuba, normalizing relations, economic potential, future of Cuba's relations, international community

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