Cuban-Mexican relations during the Castro era: A historical analysis

Date of Award




Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)


International Studies

First Committee Member

Jaime Suchlicki - Committee Chair


Despite profound differences in political and economic systems and in foreign policy interests, relations between Mexico and Cuba since 1959 were apparently cooperative and mutually rewarding. This is more significant, given the systemic context of those relations; the recurring periods of intense hostility between Cuba and the Interamerican system over Castro's efforts to promote Marxist revolutions; a superpower confrontation over Cuba's acceptance of Soviet missiles; the Central America crisis, where both countries had different interests in the outcome; and the collapse of the Soviet empire, which, together with repeated condemnations of Cuba at the United Nations over human rights violations, has resulted in renewed isolation for the regime.The study seeks to: (1) determine whether the preceding appreciation is an accurate picture of those relations; (2) what are the most important external and domestic considerations in shaping Mexico and Cuba's foreign policy toward each other; and (3) explore how Cuba and Mexico's policies toward each other have been used by their governments to affect or influence other domestic or foreign policy issues, objectives or players.


History, Latin American; History, United States; Political Science, International Law and Relations

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