This in-depth and comprehensive investigation describes how “revolutionary” Cuba essentially occupied Venezuela, not through a large military force in-situ but asymmetrically, by placing assets strategically to command Venezuela’s security forces, economy, information, communications and society in general. It explores the evolution of a long-held plan that led to a radical political alliance and regional integration project and the establishment of an international criminal network. Finally, it explains how the much smaller, poorer and underdeveloped Cuba pulled this off thanks to a unique imperialist brand and methodological toolkit arisen from the totalitarian nature of its system. The implications are far from regional.

Maria Werlau is co-founder and Executive Director of Free Society Project, also known as Cuba Archive/Archivo Cuba, a non-profit think tank incorporated in Washington, D.C., to advance human rights through research and scholarship. Her extensive publications on Cuba cover a wide range of issues: economics/foreign investment, international law, policy, politics, human rights, and others. An independent consultant and former Second Vice President of Chase Manhattan Bank, she has a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Master’s in International Affairs from Universidad de Chile. Born in Cuba, she left for the US at age eight months with her family and has lived and worked in the US, Puerto Rico, Chile, and Venezuela.

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