The Cuban Missile Crisis

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The Cuban Missile Crisis (In Cuba this event is known as the October Crisis of 1962) was one of the most tense and crazy periods of time in Cuba and world history. Sadly many today in the Cuban Society as well as other foreign societies today don’t fully understand the danger the entire world faced in October of 1926. Both nations were ready to wipe the other out. It could have been a horrible and nuclear global disaster. Many were scared of the risk for a world war III. It could of caused inconceivable damage from the use of nuclear weapons from both the United States and the former Soviet Union.
In order to fully understand what really occurred, one has to analyze many different primary sources that can show the differences of the political and government of the two most powerful nations in the world of its time. When Fidel Castro overthrew presidency of General Fulgencio Batista, whose government the United States had publicly supported, a conflict between the two countries arose. It would seem that some of the political and military leaders and officials from the United States would secretly welcome the events to come. It soon was very clear that Fidel Castro’s takeover would result in an escalating fight between the United States and Cuba. There were two operations that came about that would try and assassinate Castro, the first was Bay of Pigs and the second Operation Mongoose, they were designed in hope to get Castro out of the political field in Cuba. On the other side of the playing field, the Soviet Union were very much in favor of Castro’s regime and where Cuba stood politically, they also placed nuclear missiles on the island. In the end, the United States and the Soviet Union would come to an agreement to avoid a nuc...

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...Severomorsk on Dec. 20 -- perhaps the real end date of the “Cuban Missile Crisis".
According to documents publicly released for the first time to coincide with the 50th anniversary, Fidel Castro's Cuba nearly became a nuclear power after the crisis was thought to have passed. As more evidence became available from American, Russian and Cuban sources, scholars and participants developed a more nuanced view. Although the outcome was ultimately positive and nuclear war was avoided, the tactics and countermoves of the United States and the Soviet Union had the potential to backfire and cause nuclear destruction.
The Cuban Missile Crisis stands as a model in many ways for how not to handle negotiations; many of the benefits of studying this event is that you learn to identify negotiations, be able to work through a negotiation and apply it to real world situations.
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