Cuban Revolution

Cuban Revolution - Cuban Revolution (1959) to 1980:...

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Cuban Revolution (1959) to 1980: Geopolitical dimensions of the US-Soviet competition obliged both superpowers to seek allies, friends, and clients throughout the world, especially in unaligned parts of the globe Extension of economic assistance by Washington offered an excellent means for making friends, through the promise of material benefits and a promising method for weakening foes, since the alleviation of poverty would presumably undercut the social base of communist movements 1960s thru the 1980s Washington threw its support behind anticommunist regimes in other ways, welcoming the advent of military regimes in Brazil and Argentina and aligning it with the right-wing dictatorships throughout the hemisphere Kennedy administration developed and implemented a blueprint for US policy toward the Third World Modernization theory”— diffusion of political democracy throughout the developing world would serve and protect US national interest if governments were freely elected, it was believed they would support the US in its struggle with the Soviets Citizens around the world would necessarily and inevitably choose to join the “free world”—idea that people might voluntarily choose socialist or communist rule seemed preposterous Democratic election would lead to democratic governments that would support the US Economic development would create middle-class sectors that would in turn espouse political democracy During the 1940s-1950 US foreign policy used the Marshall Plan—to contain communist advancements in post WWII Europe 1960s foreign assistance could perform a similar function throughout the Third World Alliance for Progress: LA’s economic relations with the US turned disadvantageous after WWII During the War, US practically halted economic aid to the region Eisenhower was persuaded by Brazilian president that the way to defeat leftist totalitarianism was to combat poverty Counties of LA would have to be aided in their fight against underdevelopment if they were to support the Western cause 1959 “fidelista” movement in Cuba created a new sense of urgency Castro’s nationalistic rhetoric, confiscation of US-held companies, and program for land reform—reminiscent of the Arbenz plan in Guatemala, provoked a negative response in US policy circles In response to the Cuban Revolution, JFK launched a new initiative—a 10-year effort, an
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This note was uploaded on 03/26/2012 for the course POL 378 taught by Professor Zeigler during the Spring '08 term at Miami University.

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