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Columbia University

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Spring 2017

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Switzerland: International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy


This research project aims to assess the importance of medical diplomacy as a foreign policy strategy for Cuba, as well as a means by which the small island nation has managed to gain geopolitical prominence in the current international political sphere. Through the analysis of Cuba’s medical internationalism, its impact on the health of populations across the world, its oil-for-doctors trade agreements with Venezuela, and its involvement in initiatives like the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA), it becomes easier to see the link between medical diplomacy and geopolitical power, which Cuba has been successfully garnering since its 1959 Revolution despite serious economic setbacks like the collapse of the Soviet Union and the United States embargo.


International and Area Studies | International Business | International Public Health | Latin American Languages and Societies | Latin American Studies | Other Public Health


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