UDC 321.7(729.1)(497.11)
Biblid: 0543-3657, 66 (2015)
Vol. 66, No 1158-1159, pp. 18-36
DOI:

Original scientific paper
Received: 03 Mar 2015
Accepted: 03 Apr 2015

CUBA: DEMOCRATISATION AS A DELICATE ISSUE AND SERBIA’S POTENTIAL ROLE IN ITS SOLVING

Dujić Ivan (Dr Ivan Dujić, naučni saradnik, Institut za međunarodnu politiku i privredu u Beogradu), ivan@diplomacy.bg.ac.rs

A discussion about Cuba implies a question of how to find the mean between democracy, characterised by a range of ideas and possibilities, and social welfare. The triumph of socialism in Cuba during the Cold War paved the way for the social welfare, thanks to loyalty of the people towards the ruling Communist Party. Behind the attempt to properly tackle contemporary social issues lies the persistence of the Communist Party to justify its long-term survival on the Cuban political scene. The study of Cuban history during the 20th century reveals that the destiny of the island was determined by generations of politicians, who did not want to give up power in favour of younger and more progressive generation. As a result, democracy boiled down to the right to vote, which led to social turmoil and the need for the US intervention into Cuba\'s internal order. Nevertheless, socialism did not transform itself into a welfare state with a multi-party system, neither after the Cold War. Apparently, the current president will have to decide on further destiny of socialism in Cuba. Although Serbia did not complete its process of democratisation, it could contribute to transformation of socialism in Cuba towards enhancement of democracy and the process of democratisation.

Keywords: democracy, democratisation, the Republic, socialism, Cuba, Serbia