Nations formulate policies to enable a positive relationship with other countries. The formation of international policies may be guided by other nations’ actions, which affect a country directly. The following essay analyzes Cuba’s foreign policies to determine how they affect and are influenced by other nations.
The U.S. and Cuba’s international relationship failed after the U.S. prohibited any diplomatic and economic relationship with Cuba in 1961. However, this has changed in Obama’s administration after these policies were relaxed hence promoting economic trade. Cuban relationship with the U.S. was restricted after the Cold War since the country had a communist ideology.
Russia and Cuba have a strong relationship due to Soviet Union support since the Cold War. Russia provided Cuba with the money needed for the country’s budget while Cuba allowed Russia to open spy bases in Havana. This action strained the international relationship between Cuba and the U.S. due to its support of a communist country. Most of the developments in the country are funded by Russia, which means they have a strong partnership. The two countries also enjoy a military relationship where Russian soldiers are allowed to train in Cuba. In addition, the country has allowed Russia to set-up a military and intelligence base in the country.
The need to restore the economy in Cuba has forced the country to enter into trade agreements with other nations in South America. In addition, the country has built a positive relationship with China to foster trade in the country. However, Cuba’s relationship with the European Union is poor due to the accusation of human rights violations in the country. Failure to observe the Human rights in the country may affect its ability to have bilateral trade with the European Union in the future. In addition, it may also strain its new relationship with the U.S. The change in the country’s foreign policies proves that “no man is an island” since countries need each other for economic development.