AMERICAN HÝBRIS: US DEMOCRACY PROMOTION IN CUBA AFTER THE COLD WAR - PART 2.

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      This second part of the article deals with the importance of democracy promotion towards Cuba as an internal political issue in the US, the so-called 'two-level game'. In the last decade, democracy promotion has been receiving criticisms from the academic community and policymakers. The backlash on democracy promotion, the unintended consequences of democratic assistance in developing countries and the difficulty of predicting outcomes of democracy promotion in 'transitional countries' posed several questions to US foreign democratic assistance. While at a theoretical level, these problems have helped to redefine US democratic efforts abroad, the Cuban case has been highly dominated by democracy promotion as the cornerstone of US Cuba policy. Apart from Obama's new course with Cuba, which has not dramatically changed US goals on the island, US vision and strategy for the Cuban democratic transition have survived: despite everything, the US has continued to promote democracy in Cuba, with little or no change. In fact, despite Obama not abandoning democratisation, it seems he is pursuing a more 'teleological approach' to the matter. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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