Little about the Cuban Missile Crisis

Dear Readers,

This is your IMS former intern, Reina.

As work in the office seems to have gotten busier, my semester at school is coming to an end with finals week approaching next week. Coming into work allows me to get my mind off school work and my daily occurrences as I rather mechanically go through my to-do list for the day.

A little bit of my university life; although my semester schedule for this term is rather heavily loaded, I am happily comfortable with the amount of work that needs to be done before the semester ends next week, unlike my precious two semesters where I had absolutely zero motivation to do anything. Having confidence in the subject as well as interest makes a vast difference in the motivation you’ll have for school, and this semester’s courses hit the jackpot in terms of my interests, with mainly theoretical economics courses and my capstone in international relations.

The foreign analysis paper about the Cuban Missile Crisis that is soon coming up, questions why the United States, under then-POTUS John F. Kennedy, decided to change their policy direction from executing an airstrike followed by an invasion to a naval blockade around Cuba when the CIA discovered nuclear capable missiles in Cuba secretly installed by the Soviet Union under Nikita Khrushchev. The 13-day crisis in October 1961 was the most nerve-racking event that occurred during the entire Cold War which lasted for roughly 45 years, where every day of the crisis was one miscalculation away from a full-out nuclear war between the two superpowers. Long story short, the US decided to do a naval blockade instead of attacking Cuba in order to allow time for peaceful negotiations with the Soviets. These secret negotiations resulted in rather productive outcomes, where both parties got what they wanted. Publicly, the Soviets withdrew their missiles in exchange for a promise by the US to never invade Cuba. A secret second deal included the US withdrawal of their missiles from Turkey. In addition to this, the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty was signed and the Washington-Moscow Hotline was established. Although a the Cuban Missile Crisis was the closest in history to becoming a disastrous nuclear war, it ended in a peaceful manner. This event is now known to be a miracle story that is a result of miracle diplomacy and is now studied to be a major success story in international relations.

A little background story.

Thank you for reading and yours truly,
Reina T.

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