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A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics

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East European 'Model' to Cuban Freedom

Irving Louis Horowitz1

1Rutgers University - New Brunswick/Piscataway

Citation Information: The Forum. Volume 6, Issue 3, ISSN (Online) 1540-8884, DOI: 10.2202/1540-8884.1265, October 2008

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The termination of communist systems of political rule in Eastern Europe between 1989-91 gave rise to the widespread belief in anti-Castro circles that such endings and new beginnings were feasible in Cuba. This `model' based on `scenario building' has turned out not to be the case in the course of the past several decades. The purpose of this paper is to explain why the East European models (because there are a variety of systems in that area) did not materialize in Cuba. The limits of analogy in international affairs are revealed in the unique as well as universal characteristics of communist types of regimes.

Keywords: Cuban communism; models of change; regime transitions

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