Cuba and Nicaragua: A Special Relationship?

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Summer 1990


Political Science | Social and Behavioral Sciences


The question of the relationship between the governments of Cuba and Nicaragua and their respective ruling parties has become a highly politicized part of the ongoing debate over the Central American policy of the United States. This article will seek to examine that highly charged exchange and explore through historical analysis and an assessment of the current situation the actual nature of that relationship. The article will document the origins of the cooperation between Cuba and the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (Sandinista National Liberation Front, or FSLN) in the early 1960s, the shifts in their relationship over time, the role of Cuba at the time of the Sandinista triumph in 1979, and the nature of their relations during the nearly 11 years that the FSLN has held state power in Nicaragua.


Published in the Summer 1990 issue: The Sandinista Legacy: The Construction of Democracy.