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Cuba in a Global ContextInternational Relations, Internationalism, and Transnationalism$
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Catherine Krull

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049106

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049106.001.0001

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A Model Servant

A Model Servant

The Revolutionary Armed Forces and Cuban Foreign Policy

(p.44) 2 A Model Servant
Cuba in a Global Context

Hal Klepak

University Press of Florida

For over 50 years, Cuba’s Revolutionary Armed Forces (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias, or FAR) have been the direct servants of the country’s foreign policy as required by a nation and political system under siege by the United States, the most powerful country in the world. This argument in no way denies FAR’s exceptional missions related to natural disaster relief, management of key industries and programs of the revolutionary government in a variety of economic fields, involvement in support of social projects as varied as hospitals and education, and much more. However, its missions of deterring foreign attack and supporting the government’s other international objectives have been even more central not only to its structure and way of going about business, but to its members’ being and way of seeing themselves.

Keywords:   Cuba, United States, Foreign Policy, International Relations, Cuba’s Revolutionary Armed Forces, Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias, FAR

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