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Power and Change in Cuba’s Elite

March 23, 2016 The Cuban government, economy and security structures are facing uncertainty ahead.

By Allison Fedirka

Summary Much has been written on the U.S.-Cuba bilateral relationship. The power dynamics within the Cuban government are less understood. Military and familial ties are prevalent among the elite power players in all sectors, and will likely have a strong influence on determining President Raúl Castro’s successor. So far, the elite have not been threatened by the U.S.-Cuba reconciliation and the slight opening of the Cuban economy, but the future remains unclear.

In Cuba, elite is synonymous with political power, which...

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