Firstly, Nikita Khrushchev, the leader of the Soviet Union, wanted to apply pressure on the United States and demonstrate what it felt like to be consistently vulnerable to nuclear weapons. Secondly, the Soviet Union wanted to protect t... ... middle of paper ... ...me. The Cuban missile crisis is one of the most politically debated and analyzed events of the twentieth century. The Cuban missile crisis demonstrated the limited value of nuclear deterrence, but instead the importance of diplomacy pared with conventional warfare on a multilaterally political field were the most influential factors in resolving the crisis peacefully. Work Cited Ambrose, Stephen R. (1984) Eisenhower, Volume 2: The President New York: Simon and Schuster George, Alice.
October of 1962 is considered by many the closest the world has ever been to a third World War. As pressure between the Soviet Union and United State grew so did the fears of the American people. Due in part because of its proximity to the United States, Cuba was the perfect place from which the Soviet Union could launch an attack. This was cause for real alarm, Cuba had already begun building silos and launch pads for nuclear missiles that would be able to do massive amounts of damage to the United States. John F. Kennedy’s speech regarding the Cuban Missile Crisis was one of the greatest factors in preventing a third World War as well as keeping domestic peace.
From the Cold War with the Cuban Missile Crisis to the uprisings about the Vietnam War, the United States government has something to keep them busy (“Cold War”). During the 1960’s politics was something that was up in the air for the United States. The Cuban Missile Crisis was a major factor in politics for this time period. Many decisions were made that had both the Americans and the Soviets on their toes. Bob Dylan composed the song in late 1962-early 1963, when the biggest scare came from the Cold War.
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The Soviet’s built up their arsenal as well trying to scare Americans. They did happen to scare Americans by sending nuclear missiles to communist country, Cuba which was located off the coast of Florida ("Cuban Missile Crisis."). With both having nuclear weapons, the world was in grave danger of another World War. The Cuban Missile Crisis is why most people consider Kennedy to be one of the greatest presidents of all time. Many people believe that Kennedy’s role in the presidency drastically affected the outcome of the Cold War.
The German war machine kept this alliance at bay only for so long before the two nations destroyed Berlin. The Soviets were already keeping control of all that was east of Germany, and this was causing the United States great anxiety due to the fact that communism was spreading. A great sense of relief came to the United States as the Nuclear Age began with the Manhattan Project and the Bombing of Japan. Stalin was now afraid that the United States would one-day force capitalist ideas upon Mother Russia, until the most intriguing aspect of the cold war came along, spies. A great change came when in the early 1950's the Soviets started testing their own nuclear weapon.
They decided to come up with a codename because they sought to keep their latest development clandestine. The bombing was the seco... ... middle of paper ... ...m trepidation. The apprehension to invade the enemy is because of the unpredictable outcome involving the weapons. The Nuclear Arms race was the largest competition between nations for preeminence and advantage in the improvement, growth, and power of weapons. Nuclear weapons were both the good and the bad of the Cold War.
Cuban Missile Crisis The closest the world has come to nuclear war was the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962. This was the tense cold war opposition between the United States and the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union had installed nuclear missiles in Cuba, just 90 miles off the coast of the United States The Cold War was the result of a clash between communism and capitalism, two opposing world-views. Another cause of the build up to the Cold War was the intransigent attitude of both sides. The Soviet Union was extremely concerned about its security after having been invaded twice in the twentieth century.
The realists argue that states are by nature aggressive and always occupied with security issues. This is best portrayed by the strained relations between USA and Iran over the Iran nuclear program. (Walt 31). The states are the main actors in their international politics an indication that they have the freedom to choose whom to relate with. Iran is being seen as advancing its nuclear power and this is seen as a security threat by major world powers and has resulted in security dilemma in USA.
Based on these findings, we must ask ourselves if there is a better way to handle Iran other than imposing sanctions that hurt the Iranian people or pursuing acts of aggression. Can we learn a valuable lesson in diplomacy from the past? Let’s look back at what happened in the 1960s. The world was on the brink of a nuclear war, the United States Armed Forces were readied for action and the Soviet Commanders, stationed on the island of Cuba, were prepared to defend the island with nuclear weapons, if necessary. By the early 60s, the United States was well ahead of the Soviet Union in the race for arms.