Eusebio Mujal-Leon

Eusebio Mujal-Leon
Associate Professor
681 ICC

Associate Professor

Co-Director of the MA in Democracy & Governance Studies & MA in Development Management

Eusebio Mujal-León is a professor and former Chair of the Department of Government at Georgetown University where he is also director of the Cuba XXI Project.  Professor Mujal-León received his B.A. in History (1971) and his J.D. in Law (1974) from the Catholic University of America and his Ph.D. in Political Science (1980) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  At Georgetown University, he serves as co-Director of the M.A. in Democracy and Governance at Georgetown University and of the M.A. in Development Management (which Georgetown jointly offers with the Universidad Nacional de San Martín in Buenos Aires).

Professor Mujal-León is the author and editor of several books and numerous articles. Among these, Communism and Political Change in Spain (1983), Spain at the Polls — The General Elections of 1997, 1979, and 1982 (1985), European Socialism and the Conflict in Central America (1989), The USSR and Latin America (1989), The Cuban University under the Revolution (1989) and Die Sozialistische Internationale in den 80er Jahren (1995).  Most recently, he has several articles and chapters on Cuba, including "Much Ado about Something? Regime Change in Cuba" (Problems of Post-Communism), “Can Cuba Change? Tensions in the Regime” (Journal of Democracy), and “El Excepcionalismo y las Relaciones Cívico-Militares en Cuba” in a book about civil-military relations in Latin America.  He has written extensively about Spanish foreign policy, including a recent chapter on “Spanish Foreign Policy and EU-Cuba Relations.” More recently, he has published an article on authoritarian resilience in Cuba entitled “Survival, Adaptation and Uncertainty: The Case of Cuba” (Journal of International Affairs).  He is currently at work on an article about the political role of the Catholic Church in Cuba and another on civil society and evolving class structures on the island.  These form part of a more general research project on regime change in Cuba.

Professor Mujal-León received the title of Caballero in the Order of Isabel la Católica in 1990.  He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Center of International Studies of Princeton University and a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars of the Smithsonian Institution.  He has lectured at numerous European and Latin American universities.  He has also held a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Madrid (Autónoma) and has been a Visiting Professor at the Ortega y Gasset Institute (Madrid).

Areas of Expertise: Comparative Democratization, State Reform, Governance, European Politics, Latin American Politics.

Ph.D. (1980) Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Political Science

J.D. (1974) Catholic University 

B.A. (1971) Catholic University



Authored Books and Monographs:

Communism and Political Change in Spain (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1983).

The Cuban University under the Revolution (University of Miami — Institute of Inter-American Studies, 1988).

European Socialism and the Conflict in Central America (New York: Praeger, 1989).

Die Sozialistische Internationale in den 80er Jahren (Munich: Frederick Schonningh,     1995) [co-author Ann-Sofie Nilsson].

Las Ideas Democráticas — Armas de la Libertad (Washington, D.C.: Agency for     International Development, 1998).

Beyond Exceptionalism: Essays on Cuba in Comparative Perspective (in progress).

Edited Books and Journals:

Spain at the Polls: The General Elections of 1977, 1979 and 1982 (Raleigh: Duke University Press, 1985).

Latin American Politics and Society: A "New" Cultural Research  Agenda?  Published  as a special issue of the journal World Affairs (Fall 1987).

The USSR and Latin America in the 1980s — A Developing Relationship? (Unwin &     Hyman, 1989).

Articles and Chapters:

"The Communist Party of Chile, 1969-1973:  The Limits of  Pluralism," World Affairs, CXXXXVI (Fall 1973), pp. 132-    151.

"Spanish Communism in the 1970's," Problems of Communism, XXIV    (March-April 1975), pp. 43-55.

"The PCP and the Portuguese Revolution," Problems of Communism,   XXVI (January-February 1977), pp. 21-41.  A revised version of this article may be found in David E. Albright (ed.) Communism and Political Systems in Western Europe     (Westview Press, 1979).

"Spain and the PCE," in Heinz Timmermann (ed.), The Communist  Parties of Southern Europe (IAI, 1978).  The book was sponsored by the Stiftung Volkswagen and the Istituto Affari Internazionali (Rome).

"Portuguese and Spanish Communism in Comparative Perspective,"    in Morton A. Kaplan (ed.), The Many Faces of Communism (Free Press, 1978).  The volume contains the edited proceedings of a conference sponsored by the Center for Strategic and Foreign Policy Studies of the University of Chicago in April 1977.

"Eurocommunism 1978:  The PCE in Spanish Politics," Problems of   Communism, XXVII (July-August 1978), pp. 15-37.

"The Domestic and International Evolution of the Spanish Communist Party," in Rudolf L. Tökés (ed.), Eurocommunism and Détente (New York University Press, 1979).  The volume was sponsored by the Council of Foreign Relations.

"Communism and Revolution in Portugal," in Rudolf L. Tökés (ed.), Eurocommunism  and Détente (New York University Press, 1978).

"The PCE and the Post-Franco Era," in David Albright (ed.), Communism and Political Systems in Western Europe (Westview Press, 1979).

"The Spanish Left:  Present Realities and Future Prospects," in William E. Griffith (ed.), The Western European Left (Lexington Books, 1980).  The volume contains papers presented at a conference sponsored by the German Marshall Fund in Bologna, Italy in September 1978.

"Ideology and Organization in the PCE" in Carl Linden and Charles Elliott (eds.), Marxism and the Contemporary West (Westview Press, 1980).

"The Political and Ideological Foundations of Eurocommunism in Spain," in George Schwab (ed.), Communism in Europe:  Strategy and Tactics (Cyrco Press, 1980).

"Catalanismo, the Left, and the Consolidation of Centrism in Spain," World Affairs, CXLIII (Winter 1980/1981), pp. 298-317.  This was a revised version of a paper presented   at the Annual Meeting of the Council for European Studies in October 1980.

"Cataluña, Carrillo and Eurocommunism," Problems of Communism, XXX, no. 2 (March-April 1981), pp. 25-47.

"Comment on 'Patterns of Politics in Portugal since the April Revolution'" in Simon Serfaty and Jorge Braga de Macedo (eds.), Portugal Since the Revolution: Economic and  Political Perspectives (Westview Press, 1981).

"Spain: Generational Perspectives on Foreign Policy," in Stephen Szabo (ed.), The Successor Generation (Butterworth's, 1982).

"Spanish Democracy in Crisis," The Washington Quarterly, V (Spring 1982), pp. 101-107.

"The Left and the Catholic Question in Spain," West European Politics, V, no. 2 (Spring 1982), pp. 32-55.

"The Soviet and Spanish Communist Parties: Policies, Tactics, and Negotiating Behavior," Studies in Comparative Communism, XV, no. 3 (Autumn 1982), pp. 236-265.

"The Foreign Policy of Socialist Spain," Foreign Policy, no. 51 (Summer 1983), pp. 101-117.

"Spanish Politics Between the Old Regime and the New Majority," in Howard     Penniman and Eusebio Mujal-León (eds.), Spain at the Polls:  The General Elections     of 1977, 1979     and 1982 (Duke University Press, 1985).

"The Spanish Communists and the Search for Electoral Space" in Howard Penniman and Eusebio Mujal-León (eds.),  Spain at the Polls: The General Elections of 1977, 1979 and 1982 (Duke University Press, 1985).

"European Socialism and the Central American Crisis" in Howard Wiarda (ed.), The Crisis in Central America (American Enterprise Institute and University Press of America, 1984).  Revised and updated versions of this paper appeared in Foro Internacional [Mexico City] (Winter1983) and in Orbis [Philadelphia] (Spring 1984).

"Spain and Latin America:  The Quest for Partnership" in Howard Wiarda (ed.), The Iberian-Latin American Connection: Implications for U.S. Foreign Policy (Westview, 1986).

"The Media and the Transition to Democracy in Spain and Portugal," Journal of International Affairs, XXXVIII (Winter 1985), pp. 349-356.

"La Política Iberoamericana de España" in Enrique Boloyra (ed.), España e Iberoamérica en los Años 80 (Madrid: Instituto de Cooperación Iberoamericana, 1985).

"Decline and Fall of Spanish Communism," Problems of Communism,   XXXV (March-April 1986), pp. 1-27.

"Soviet Strategic Perspectives on Latin America in the 1980's," World Affairs,     CXLIX (Fall 1986), pp. 101-106.

"The Foreign Policy of the Socialist Government," in Stanley G. Payne, (ed.) The Politics of Democratic Spain (The Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, 1986), pp. 197-244.

"Europa Occidental y los Procesos de Democratización en América Latina" in Carlos     Huneeus (ed.), Para Vivir la Democracia — Dilemas de su Consolidación (Editorial                 Andante, 1987).

"The SPD and the Politics of Organized Internationalism — The Case of Central America," Journal of Inter-American Studies, XXIX (Winter 1987-88), pp. 89-124.

"Central America and the New International Political Order: The Eurosocialist Dimension," International Journal,   XLIII (Summer 1988), pp. 446-472. (with Hernan Gutierrez)

"La URSS y América Latina: Una Relación en Vías de Desarrollo" in Roberto Russell     (ed.), Nuevos Rumbos en la Relación Unión Soviética/América Latina (Buenos Aires:     Grupo Editor Latinoamericano/FLACSO, 1990).

"A Futura Orientacao da Politica Externa Espanhola: Os Desafios dos Anos 90,"     Política Internacional (Lisbon), no. 9 (Fall 1994), pp. 145-175.

"Eastern Europe and Latin America: Partnership or Competition on the Road to     Development?" in Susan K. Purcell and Francoise Simon (eds.), Europe and Latin     America in the World Economy (Boulder: Lynne Rienner and Co., 1995).

"Cuba en los Años 90 — El Postotalitarismo-Carismático en Perspectiva Comparada,"     Encuentro (Madrid), Winter 1997.

“Much Ado about Something? Regime Change in Cuba,” Problems of Post-    Communism (XLVI), November-December 2001, pp. 6-19 (with Joshua Busby).

“Is Castroism a Political Religion?” in Robert Mallett (ed.), The Sacred in Politics – Essays in Honor of Stanley Payne (Macmillan, 2009) (with Eric Langenbacher).

“El Excepcionalismo y la Transcendencia – El Caso de las Relaciones Civiles-Militares en Cuba” in Claudio Fuentes and Felipe Agüero (eds.),     Influencias y Resistencias – Militares y Poder en America Latina” (Santiago de Chile: Editorial Catalonia, 2009), pp.  35-78.  (with Lorena Buzon-Perez).

“Can Cuba Change: Tensions in the Regime,” Journal of Democracy, vol. 20, no. 1 (January 2009), pp. 20-35.  This article was reprinted in a collected volume published in Spanish.

“Cuba ante un mundo cambiante,” Encuentro (Madrid) Winter 2009. pp. 21-34.

“Spanish Foreign Policy and EU-Cuba Relations 1982-2010” in Gabriel Castro and Jesus de Miguel (eds), Spain in America (Madrid: Fundacion ENDESA, 2010), pp. 489-515.

“Survival, Adaptation and Uncertainty – The Case of Cuba,” Journal of International Affairs (Fall/Winter 2011) Vol. 65, No. 1, pp. 149-168.