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The Cuban Missile Crisis: A Significant Role In International Relations

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“We’re eyeball to eyeball, and I think the other fellow just blinked” (Dean Rusk). The Cuban Missile Crisis put the world on the edge of its seat, and was the closest anyone has ever gotten to full-scale nuclear war. Even though the event lasted a mere two weeks (from October 14-24, 1962), it played a significant role in international politics, and its effects can still be seen today. The Cuban Missile Crisis is significant to current international relations because it taught two very important lessons; that information is crucial to successful negotiations, and that it is important to know when to compromise. The history of the Cuban Missile Crisis can be traced from both post-World War II negotiations and the Cuban Revolution. After the…show more content…
For example, in 1961, the USSR constructed the Berlin Wall, which separated East and West Germany (“World Events”). This wall represented both a material and ideological separation between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. It shut off trade and the immigration of people between the two sides of Germany and it essentially shut off peaceful communications between the U.S. and the Soviet Union as well. Additionally, the Space Race further deteriorated diplomacy between the U.S. and USSR. Starting in the 1950’s and continuing past the missile crisis,”...space would become another dramatic arena for this competition, as each side sought to prove the superiority of its technology” (“World Events”). As the competition heated up, so did tensions at United Nations meetings. Adlai Stevenson said in a speech regarding the missile presence in Cuba,”... we heard that they had suddenly become defensive weapons. But today, again if I heard you correctly, you now say they do not exist...” (“Speech at the UN”). He went on to further say,”You - the Soviet Union - have sent these weapons to Cuba. You - the Soviet Union - have upset the balance of power in the world” (“Speech at the UN”). Just by analyzing the tone of the speech, negotiations, even at a UN conference, were very hostile.…show more content…
As Mary Roberts said,” The Cuban Missile Crisis had a sobering impact on its protagonists” (“Cuban Missile Crisis). That is to say, its effects caused the world to take a step back and realize what had just happened. Sure, the Cold War hadn’t ended, however it led the international community to come together to try to prevent similar nuclear crises from occurring. Today, a similar issue presents itself as North Korea tries to assert itself as a nuclear capable nation. During the missile crisis it was ,”...the Soviet Union’s determination to achieve, at least, a nuclear parity with the United States” (“Cuban Missile Crisis”). Today, though not nearly to the same caliber, North Korea has been determined to continue its nuclear missile tests. In January of this year, North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear weapons test, defying international sanctions once again (“North Korea
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