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Looking Forward: Comparative Perspectives on Cuba's Transition

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In Looking Forward, Marifeli Perez-Stable and her colleagues imagine Cuba's future after the “poof moment”—Jorge I. Domínguez's vivid phrase—when the current regime will no longer exist. Written in an accessible style that will appeal to all interested readers, this volume does not try to predict how and when the Castro regime will end, but instead considers the possible consequences of change. Each chapter—prepared by an expert in the field—takes up a basic issue: politics, the military, the legal system, ...

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Overview

In Looking Forward, Marifeli Perez-Stable and her colleagues imagine Cuba's future after the “poof moment”—Jorge I. Domínguez's vivid phrase—when the current regime will no longer exist. Written in an accessible style that will appeal to all interested readers, this volume does not try to predict how and when the Castro regime will end, but instead considers the possible consequences of change. Each chapter—prepared by an expert in the field—takes up a basic issue: politics, the military, the legal system, civil society, gender, race, economic transition strategies, social policy and social welfare, corruption, the diaspora, memory, ideology and culture, and U.S.-Cuba relations.

The author of each chapter considers three questions: How have other new democracies handled the basic issue in question? How might Cuba’s unique conditions affect this area in transition? What are the likely outcomes and alternatives for a Cuba in transition? Designed with students, policy-makers, and journalists in mind, this lively and accessible volume is an essential resource.

 

“This is the most important book about Cuba to appear in a generation. A group of ‘not-your-usual-émigrés’ and other experts who have taught us most of what we already know about contemporary Cuba have performed an extraordinary service to the policy and academic communities—and their patria—in imagining Cuba's future after Fidel. Building on their diverse expertise in politics, economic reform, civil-military relations, social policy, race, gender, and cultural relations, and drawing from models around the world of regime transitions gone wrong and right, their compelling essays project Cuba's recent past onto its immediate future and lay a blueprint for a free, democratic, and just society. There is quite simply no book like it.” —Frances Hagopian, Michael Grace II Associate Professor of Latin American Studies, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame

 

"Fidel Castro's illness and the transfer of power to his brother Raúl in July 2006 have opened speculation about Cuba's future as never before. In this extraordinary collection of essays, noted scholars of Cuba's politics, economy, society, diaspora, and international relations explore multiple scenarios regarding the island’s future, based on a comparative understanding of outcomes in Latin American and Eastern European transitions. The result is an influential book that will shape our collective understanding of Cuba for many years to come." —Dr. Cynthia J. Arnson, Director, Latin American Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

 

“There are few if any serious, balanced, and comprehensive appraisals of the various futures open to Cuba upon the death of Fidel Castro. For those interested in these matters, this book is a treasure trove of data, analysis, and innovative thinking about Cuba’s precarious future. Its originality lies first in the fact that each chapter offers detailed descriptions of processes and lessons from other Latin American and socialist contexts that shed light on what is likely to happen in Cuba. At the same time, these chapters manage to give credit to the unique and exceptional nature of Cuban history, nationalism, and socialism so that lessons are not applied blindly with no eye to their applicability in the Cuban context.” —Ted Henken, Baruch College

 

“When Fidel Castro is gone, Cuba will change. Whether change is peaceful or violent —or for good or ill—willl depend on whether we take the lessons offered in Perez-Stable´s collection of essays from the very best experts on Cuba.  If there is to be a happy ending, then Looking Forward offers the best map yet on how to get there.“ —Ambassador (retired) Vicki J. Huddleston (former Principal Officer of the United States Interests Section in Havana, Cuba 1999-2002)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780268038915
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Series: KELLOGG INST INT'L S Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Marifeli Pérez-Stable is vice president for democratic governance at Inter-American Dialogue and professor of sociology at Florida International University. She is author and editor of a number of books, including The Cuban Revolution: Origins, Course, and Legacy.

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Table of Contents


Foreword   Fernando Henrique Cardoso     ix
Acknowledgments     xv
Acronyms     xix
Introduction   Marifeli Perez-Stable     1
Looking Forward: Democracy in Cuba?   Marifeli Perez-Stable     17
Cuba's Civil-Military Relations in Comparative Perspective: Looking Ahead to a Democratic Regime   Jorge I. Dominguez     47
The Cuban Constitution and the Future Democratic Transition: Lessons from Central and Eastern Europe   Gustavo Arnavat     72
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The Normalization of Cuba's Civil Society in Post-Transition   Damian J. Fernandez     96
Gender Equality in Transition Policies: Comparative Perspectives on Cuba   Mala Htun     119
Race, Culture, and Politics   Alejandro de la Fuente     138
Strategy for a Cuban Economic Transition   Jorge F. Perez-Lopez     163
Social Policy and Social Welfare   Carmelo Mesa-Lago     187
Escaping the Corruption Curse   Daniel P. Erikson     212
The Emigre Community and Cuba's Future   Lisandro Perez     240
Ideology, Culture, and Memory: Symbolic Dilemmas of the Cuban Transition   Rafael Rojas     262
Cuba's Future Relations withthe United States   William M. LeoGrande     280
Bibliography     309
Contributors     316
Index     319
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