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Volume 61 / Social Sciences

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: GENERAL, HISPANIC CARIBBEAN, AND THE GUIANAS


FRANK O. MORA, Professor of National Security Strategy, National War College


AS IN PAST REVIEWS OF THE LITERATURE, studies on Cuba and its relations with the US continue to be the focus of most international relations scholars interested in the region. The literature continues to be highly ideological, journalistic, and void of any conceptual and theoretical framework, other than Marxist interpretations written by Cuban scholars (items #bi2002006226# and #bi2001000729#, among others). There are a few important exceptions that use foreign policy analysis and interesting methodological approaches to the study of US-Cuba relations (item #bi 00002942#, item #bi2001001383#). There are also a number of policy essays that continue the long debate over the US embargo and US security interests in the Caribbean (items #bi 00005949# and #bi2001000488#). Finally, an interesting and invaluable addition to the literature on US-Cuba relations are studies based on declassified documents dealing with the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis (items #bi2002006244# and #bi 00003275#).

Though Cuba continues to occupy a privileged place, it is in no way dominant in the literature of Hispanic Caribbean international relations. A number of studies on Puerto Rico and the conflict with the US over Vieques have appeared, but like Cuba, the literature is highly descriptive and largely political and ideological (items #bi2002006235# and #bi2002006231#). As in the past, historical research on the Dominican Republic and its relations with the US remains a small but important part of the literature. One study examines the Dominican Republic's relations with the US in the early 1960s in terms of the impact of the sugar industry on bilateral relations (item #bi 00000476#), while another provides a very detailed and comprehensive analysis of political, economic and cultural relations since the mid-19th century (item #bi2002006249#). Despite their important contribution to our understanding of Dominican Republic-US relations, the literature does not offer much by way of theory or conceptual framework.


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