Cuba and the Soviet Union: the growing accommodation.

by Daniel Tretiak

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Political and economic differences of opinion between Cuba and the Soviet Union are analyzed within the context of the interrelationships among Cuba, the Soviet Union, and Communist China. From 1961 to 1964 the Cuban attitude toward the Sino-Soviet dispute was one of public noninvolvement. Cuba, nevertheless, looked to Communist China for support of the Cuban doctrine of revolutionary overthrow of Latin American governments, although during this time the Soviet Union was seeking a detente with the United States. Soviet disapproval of the Cuban emphasis on industrialization also caused friction between the two countries. The economic debate was partially settled in early 1965, when Cuba decided to stress agriculture rather than industrialization. Politically, the Cubans have begun to organize their party-state more systematically. They have begun to realize that many of their economic goals cannot be immediately achieved. Like the Soviet Union, they have come to recognize that revolution in Latin America will be a long, slow process at best. Their facile optimism has been curbed, at least temporarily, in favor of policies more attuned to political reality in Latin America. 70 pp.

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