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FY 2009/2010 Research Topic: 4-08
Comprehensive Study on Cuba: Politics, Economy and Society under the New Government of Raúl Castro


The Cuban revolutionary government, under a half century of socialist regime, is now under the new leadership of Raúl Castro and old military cadres, overshadowed by the legendary charisma of Fidel Castro who retired but still lends an indispensable air of legitimacy to the politics and economy of socialist Cuba. The United States has continued to call for Cuba’s democratization even under the new Obama Administration, which has appealed for dialogue and engagement with so-called rogue regimes. Cuban society has been gradually diversified and recent studies have pointed out the necessity of redefinition of civil societies in Cuba. The government has tried to prioritize egalitarianism over economic growth, is cautious in introducing the market mechanism, while the people’s living standard remains low after the collapse of the Soviet Union. How does the government maintain equilibrium between equality and economic well-being? Cuba’s diplomacy has been tactful for the purpose of the regime survival, and been maintained primarily thanks to Fidel’s political presence. With the support of Venezuela, other leftist governments in Latin America, China and Russia, and Fidel’s gradual retreat because of his physical conditions, Cuba’s foreign relations may have changed and may change with the transformation of the international order.

This research project is aimed at reevaluating the half-century accomplishment of the Cuban Revolution, and to present some perspectives of the revolutionary regime’s short- and mid- term future through comprehensively analyzing Cuba’s most recent political, economic and social trends.


2009/4 - 2011/3


Members of the Research Project

USAMI Koichi
TANAKA Takashi (Professor, College of International Studies, Chubu University)
KOZAKI Tomomi (Professor, Department of Economics, Senshu University)
KOIKE Yasuhiro (Professor, School of Foreign Studies, Aichi Prefectural University)
KUDO Takako (Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics, Keio University)


An interim report will be published in Japanese in March 2010.
IDE Research Series (2011)