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Volume One Winter 1998-Spring 1999 Numbers 3-4.
THE PROSPECTS FOR DEMOCRACY IN CUBA
Peter M. Sanchez
Department of Political Science
Loyola University Chicago
6525 Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60645
Published online: December 15, 2016
This article examines why Cuba is not considered to be democratic and shows how the classification of Cuba as a totalitarian or authoritarian regime has been a political decision. Considering the principal factors that contributed to the loss of a democratic potential in Cuba, the discussion elaborates on the possibilities for the emergence of democracy in Cuba soon. It concludes by raising the prospect that a democratic transition, while practically inevitable, could come about peacefully or violently, depending largely on United States policy.