L325 Fall 2018 The Cuban Revolution: Just or Necessary
Tuesdays, 2:15–3:30, Sept. 18–Oct. 9
Instructor: Roland Estrada
Located just 90 miles from Key West, Cuba has played an important role in world affairs since the Cuban Revolution began in November 1956. In just over two years it managed to take power and began a political phase in Cuban history that continues to affect its people and the United States. This course will cover a number of confrontations between Cuba and the US in the initial years after 1959. It covers Cuba’s close relations with the Soviet Union and the internationalization of its efforts around the globe. From Chile to Nicaragua and now Venezuela, the course will discuss Cuba’s regional interaction in the Americas. It will close with the reestablishment of diplomatic relations with the United States and a discussion of how the future looks now that Fidel Castro has died and his brother Raul is disengaging from his leading government role.
Roland G. Estrada is a retired foreign service officer who has lived in Chile, Peru, and Venezuela. He holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Catholic University of America and an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey.