— Officially: República de Cuba.
— Seat of government: La Habana.
— Status: Not democratic.
— Structure: One-party state, largely controlled by the current president, and his brother before that.
— Governing party: Partido Comunista de Cuba.
— Head of government: Raúl Castro Ruz, president.
— Assessment: Still operating under the régime of Fidel Castro (which began in 1959), and suffering Сталинist 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 remains unchanged. Fidel died in 2016.
— FH: 7-6, not free. Econ: 3.52 (125), authoritarian.
— Updated: 2017 January 21.