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"Juan López makes an intriguing comparative study here between Cuba and three Eastern European states in order to investigate what lies behind Cuba's 'failure to liberalize.'"

"A stimulating contribution to the literature on transition and a substantial and up-to-date analysis of the workings of the Communist regime in Cuba."

"At his best, [Lopez] describes well trends in the Cuban dissident community and in the politics of their relations with Cuban exiles."

"An excellent comparative study drawing lessons from transitions in Eastern Europe. A must for anyone interested in U.S. policy toward Cuba and on the island's future."

"An important contribution to debates on transitions to democracy, the uniqueness of the Cuban case, and on how external actors, including the United States, can effect political change in still another instance of a failed communist system."