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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]


Andreas F Lowenfeld

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 15 November 2019

States, independence — Sovereignty — Jurisdiction of states, conflicts

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 Cuba was the last nation in Latin America to gain its independence, and the first to embrace communism. In just over a hundred years as a sovereign nation, Cuba never achieved functioning democracy. It did, however, produce a vibrant cultural life, world-class artists, architects, and musicians, and a world chess champion. 2 The history of Cuba has illustrated—and tested—a number of basic propositions of international law, including the constituents of national sovereignty, the right of one nation to intervene in another nation to preserve its independence, the...
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