The Nixon Administration and Cuba
Continuity and Rupture
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This book presents a detailed analysis of the U.S. policy that was adopted toward Cuba by the Richard M. Nixon administration between January 20, 1969 to August 8, 1974. Based in governmental, as well as other, sources from both the U.S. and Cuba, the book examines the rupture where the policy of "passive containment" was complemented with a policy of "dirty war". President Nixon attempted to re-establish a confrontational and violent path of action, and once again, Cuba was exposed to a "dirty war" consisting of different forms of aggressive terrorist activities. Since the conditions for this violent route had changed dramatically both in the U.S. and in Cuba, a policy characterized by a continuity of the economic and psychological warfare came to be the central one for the Nixon administration. The book is unique since it is written from a Cuban perspective and it therefore complements and enriches the knowledge of the U.S.-Cuban relationship during the end of the 1960s and the beginning of the 1970s, and the policy adopted by the Nixon administration. It is of relevance to everyone interested in the issue, and especially for students and researchers within the disciplines of History and Political Science.
Table of Contents
Part 1: The Context 1. From Saigon to Havana Part 2: The Nixon Administration’s Policy Toward Cuba 2. "A very, very cautious probe only" 3. CIA’s Covert Operations and the Use of Cuban Exiles 4. The Anti-Cuban Policy of the United States 5. Debate in the U.S. National Security Council Part 3: The CIA and the Secret Economic War Against Cuba, and a New "Missile Crisis" (1969-1970) 6. The Cuban Exiles in the CIA Plans 7. The "Crisis" of the Soviet Nuclear Submarines Part 4: Other Secret Actions Toward Cuba 8. Psychological Warfare: Radio Broadcasts 9. Pirate Warfare: Harassment of Fishermen 10. Biological Warfare: The African Swine Fever Part 5: The Decline of the Counterrevolutionary Groups 11. The Failure of the Torriente Plan 12. The Crisis of the "Mother ships" 13. Assassination Plots Toward Fidel Castro Part 6: The U.S.-Cuba Agreement on the Hijacking of Aircrafts, Sea Vessels and Other Offenses 14. Air and Sea Hijackings: A Double-Edged Sword for the U.S. 15. The Failed Negotiations Between Cuba and the U.S. 16. The Agreement of 1973 Part 7: The Debacle of a President 17. Debates in the Congress (1973-1974) 18. Continued Terrorism 19. Watergate: Nixon’s Fall and the Cuban Connection
Håkan Karlsson (1962). Full professor in archaeology at the Department of Historical Studies, University of Gothenburg Sweden. During more than 15 years he has worked with archaeological, anthropological and historical investigations approaching different aspects of Cuban cultural heritage.
Tomás Diez Acosta (1946). Licentiate in Political science and Doctor in History at the University of Havana. He is Professor and researcher at the Instituto de Historia de Cuba, and he has published over 20 books about the relations between Cuba and the US.