Cuban Missile Crisis

In October 1962, the U.S. and Soviet Union brought the world to the brink of nuclear war during the thirteen days of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Today, we can look to the crisis as a prime example of the threat nuclear weapons pose to global security. Following is analysis and opinion from Ploughshares Fund staff, grantees and guests about the Cuban Missile Crisis.
On the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Foreign Policy published two compelling, yet opposing, viewpoints by Leslie Gelb and Stephen Sestanovich concerning the lessons learned from those thirteen fateful days. Read more »
Posted by admin on December 3, 2012
With the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis at hand, a re-examination of the thirteen days of confrontation between the United States and Soviet Union has led to new interpretations of “the most dangerous moment in human history.” Read more »
Posted by admin on November 27, 2012
Things have changed since 1962. Hippies have given way to hipsters, cellphones give you the news faster than the local news team can, only two Beatles are left, and the Soviet Union doesn’t even exist anymore. The Cold War atmosphere has evaporated and the risk of all-out nuclear war has dramatically decreased. However, a similar type of nuclear crisis that happened in Cuba in 1962 unfortunately could still happen today. Read more »
Posted by Jessica Sleight on October 25, 2012
  On the radar: Talk of talks with Iran; Candidates’ opportunity on arms control; Tell me how this ends; Russia tests triad; Ohio by way of Virginia; Toward a modern US nuclear posture; Lessons on Iran from 50 years ago; Russia sells missiles to India; and Palomares still not cleaned up.   Read more »
Posted on October 22, 2012
On the radar: Remembering the Cuban Missile Crisis; the Crisis in photos; Gen. Habiger on the nuclear enterprise; Gen. Taylor’s memo; Nitze’s notes; Five facts about the crisis; Moving FMCT; Nunn-Lugar efficiency; and Smartening up on CTBT. Read more »
Posted on October 16, 2012
Welcome to 1962. Slick back your hair, grab a scotch, and don’t forget to triple check that route to the nearest Fallout Shelter. It is October after all, the month in which the US and the Soviet Union came closer to nuclear war than any other time in history. The nation held its breath as President John F. Kennedy faced off with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev in waters just offshore of Cuba. Read more »
Posted by Jessica Sleight on October 15, 2012
  On the radar: Banking and trade targeted; Positioning on enrichment; After Nunn-Lugar; U Thant, unsung hero of the crisis; U.S.-Israel security cooperation; MOX transparency needed; Missileer during the crisis; and Christoph Waltz as Mikhail Gorbachev.   Read more »
Posted on October 15, 2012
  On the radar: Russian statement; Lugar view; Nunn outlook; the Nukes in Cuba we didn’t know about; RFK papers; No realistic “surgical strike” option; Beyond treaties; Alexander on UPF; and Irony in the RoK missile deal.   Read more »
Posted on October 11, 2012
  On the radar: New DoD Report; Spending like the Cold War didn’t end; Encouraging a “frantic arms race”; Learn from crisis, win iPad; Bipartisan letter against MEADS; Scotland considers nukes and NATO; and How to survive and atomic bomb.   Read more »
Posted on October 10, 2012
  On the radar: Assessing the nuclear budget; Updated Iran timeline; Replacing the Ohio; Degraded confidence for UPF; Big trouble for big laser; Lingering myth from the Cuban Missile Crisis; BMD cooperation with Russia; and South, that’s right, South Korea increasing missile ranges.   Read more »
Posted on October 9, 2012