Officially: República de Cuba.
Seat of government: La Habana.
Status: Not democratic.
Structure: One-party state.
Governing party: Partido Comunista de Cuba.
Head of government: Miguel Díaz-Canel, president (since 2018).
Assessment: Still operating under the régime set up by Fidel Castro Ruz (which began in 1959), and suffering Сталинist « Stalinist » repression. The Castro régime is characterized by perpetual stifling of debate and dissent, with occasional weak signs of liberalization. After acting as president during Fidel’s incapacity, his brother Raúl officially became president in 2008. Fidel remained head of the party until 2011. There was a gradual shift in influence to Raúl, but the ideology of the state remained unchanged. Fidel died in 2016; in 2018, Raúl retired.
FH: 7-6, not free. Econ: 3.52 (125), authoritarian.
Updated: 2018 April 22.