Laffey M. And Weldes J. ‘Decolonizing The Cuban Missile
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Laffey M. and Weldes J. ‘Decolonizing the Cuban Missile Crisis’. and Harrington de Santana, A. “Nuclear Weapons as the Currency of Power: Deconstructing the Fetishism of Force.”
At first glance, one can believe that those two articles would concern the same subject which could be the place of nuclear weapons in the rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
Why? Firstly, because the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962, discussed by Laffey and Weldes in their article is about how the threat of a nuclear war reached it’s height when missiles were implemented only 90 miles away from the American.
And secondly, because Harrington de Santana’s article discusses how the nuclear weapon can be translated…show more content…
And to conclude, very briefly, this essay will try to find a common ground between the two articles.
Issued in 2008 and 2009, both articles are periodically far from the theories followed by traditional scholars which are Realism, Realism and Marxism and they both introduce new theories that started developing not long ago in the beginning of the 1990’s. (Sylvester, Chapter 12, 2014)
Post-colonialism is the bottom-up study of International Relations instead of a top down or state-down study of the discipline (Sylvester, Chapter 12, 2014). And this theory is introduced in Laffey and Weldes’ article (2008). Post-colonial writings attempt to give a voice to the people with a different approach to International Relations. ‘Post-colonial writers rewrite these accounts by attending to the experience of the subaltern’ (Laffey and Weldes, p. 559, 2008)
Their voices have been muted because of their position of subordination facing ‘great powers’ or superpowers in the case of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Indeed a common agreement can be made that the more powerful a state is, the more likely it 's positioned on certain subject to be accepted, justified and made an integral part of History: ‘Power is both external to historical narrative and also constitutive of it’ (Laffey and Weldes, p. 564, 2009)
There is also an interesting point made in their article. It does not only relate how Cuban scholars wanted their narrative of the events of October 1962 to be