"There is no way to know how skillfully Raúl Castro will lead and deal
with inevitable crises once his brother is gone. He clearly wants to
begin rectifying economic problems but knows that, for some time at
least, he cannot broadly repudiate his brother's legacy. A powerful
backlash could come from fidelista hard-liners in the leadership -- and
perhaps from Mr. Chávez. In the end, however, it is the gamble Raúl will
have to take."
Cuba: Cuba's Transition Begins: Brian Latell