In This Review

The Soviet Union and Cuba: Interests and Influence
The Soviet Union and Cuba: Interests and Influence
By W. Raymond Duncan
Praeger, 1985, 220 pp

Is Cuba a pawn or an independent actor pursuing its own interests even when they do not coincide with Soviet interests? The merit of Raymond Duncan's book lies in his careful review of the 25 years of that relationship in terms of benefits, costs and strains, a picture that is not in monocolor. He finds Cuba's status to be that of a preferred client with a very strong interest in cooperation and in policies that serve Soviet as well as Cuban aims. But Castro, despite nearly total economic dependence on Moscow, makes his own decisions and is likely to continue to do so.