Cuban Exile Politics

Melanie M. Ziegler

in U.S.-Cuban Cooperation Past, Present, and Future

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780813030876
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039701 | DOI:
Cuban Exile Politics

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This chapter discusses the complex and intricate political relationship between the U.S. and the Cuban exile community. It demonstrates how the Cuban exile leaders and their organizations became increasingly influential over the decades, first exhibiting a supportive role and then as an important force in the formulation of an inflexible U.S. foreign policy toward the island. After the Cold War, the political activism of Cuban exile leaders heightened, hence impeding the reduction of the existing conflict between the U.S. and Cuba and the creation and implementation of confidence-building measures (CBMs). To better understand how exiled political leaders gained influence, the chapter focuses on exile politics and discuss its evolution. These five phases of exile evolution are: 1) the exile militancy of the 1960s; 2) the dialogue and backlash of the 1970s; 3) the creation of the Cuban American National Foundation (CANF); 4) the rise of Cuban American legislative power of the 1990s; and 5) reevaluation and retrenchment in the new millennium.

Keywords: political relationship; exile community; exile leaders; U.S. foreign policy; exile politics; exile; exile militancy; CANF

Chapter.  6401 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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