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Cuban Foreign Policy: Caribbean Tempest
Cuban Foreign Policy: Caribbean Tempest
By Pamela S. Falk
Lexington Books, 1986, 336 pp

A finely crafted policy-oriented analysis of Cuba's foreign economic and political affairs, supported by contemporary interviews and by sensitive concern for historical development. The author does not attempt to balance social reform against personal injustice, believing that to be impossible. Instead, she develops with sound scholarship the theme that Cuba's fundamental foreign purposes have changed only "in scope and in allegiance" since 1898, remaining, as always, an expression of frustrated national identity. Autonomy and international influence have been and are the desiderata; thus, although current foreign policy adequately suits the revolutionary ideology, the latter does not necessarily determine foreign policy.