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        The Belfer Center and Foreign Policy Magazine are delighted to announce the finalists, and winning entries, of the Lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis contest. The question posed by this contest was: What can statesmen learn from the most dangerous confrontation in human history to better address challenges of war and

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The Missiles of October (1974), starring William Devane and Martin Sheen and directed by Anthony Page, is a teleplay chronicling the deliberations inside the White House and between Kennedy and Khrushchev during the Missile Crisis. The program’s used 1969’s Thirteen Days, written by Robert F. Kennedy, as the basis for the script..

The Cuban Missile Crisis was a pivotal moment in the Cold War. Fifty years ago the United States and the Soviet Union stood closer to Armageddon than at any other moment in history. In October 1962 President John F. Kennedy was informed of a U-2 spy-plane’s discovery of Soviet nuclear-tipped missiles in Cuba. The President

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Lesson 1: No one can “win” a nuclear war. The first lesson is the most important one. Prior to the Cuban Missile Crisis, the politicomilitary leadership of the Soviet Union and the United States had believed it would be possible to use nuclear weapons to win in a war against each other. Indeed, that belief

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I was in Cuba during the Missile Crisis, serving with the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Camp LeJeune, N.C. I listened to President Kennedy’s speech on a transistor radio, wherein he demanded that Khrushchev remove their missiles from Cuba. I was proud to be an American having a leader who would confront the enemy rather than

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For the first time the United States found itself in a position of ‘equal danger’ with USSR in what made the American ruling elite conclude that their country’s enormous nuclear potential, that guaranteed defeat of any hostile country, cannot protect US citizens. American experts predicted that 80 million Americans would die in a U.S. nuclear

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“Don’t provoke animosity.” “Cultivate empathy.” “The ultimate lesson of the Cuban missile crisis…was that rather than starting a battle that might be impossible to contain, two adversaries reached a peaceful resolution through threats of military action together with diplomacy.” David Welch, “Interview with Janet Thomson: Cuban missile crisis has crucial lessons for modern leaders” (CBC

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“Security strategy and international law are inseparably entwined…perceived strategic necessities eventually may compel military action even without clear-cut legal authority… but law is itself a factor in that strategic calculus.” Lesson: In any international crisis, pay attention to international law. It can make or break your decision. Matthew Waxman, “What the Cuban Missile Crisis Teaches

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“What Kennedy did not realize was that more than 100 nuclear warheads had already been deployed on Cuban soil. It was unknown to him that Soviet commanders were delegated the authority to use these missiles on their own judgment. Also unknown to him was that the three commanding officers on one Soviet submarine were split

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Events: Lessons from the Cuban Missile Crisis, Then and Now –  JFK Jr. Forum, October 19, 2012 at 4pm. Cuban Missile Crisis Conference — A 50th Anniversary Retrospective – C-SPAN, October 14, 2012 Other Resources: The Cuban Missile Crisis +50 – Foreign Policy The Armageddon Letters – Balsillie School of International Affairs Cuban Missile Crisis:

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