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Decision-Making in the Cuban Missile Crisis
A review of the individual, state and global levels of decision-making during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
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The paper examines the quality of decision-making at the global level, the state level and at the individual/leadership level during the Cuban Missile Crisis, that ended the confrontation and defused the nuclear war that was brewing between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. The paper discusses the international, ideological and political realities of communism vs. capitalism, the views of the USSR vs. US and the individual factors of Khrushchev vs. Kennedy. The paper concludes that the Cuban Missile Crisis will forever be viewed through the lens of history as a historic moment in the field of foreign policy decisions and actions.

The Cuban Missile Crisis - The Build-Up to a Crisis
Cuban Missile Crisis - At the State Level
Cuban Missile Crisis - At the Individual Level, President John F. Kennedy

From the Paper:

"The factor that shapes a state's foreign policy begins with the current system that is operative in the international milieu; in the case of the dynamics of 1962, it was the Cold War, and world communism trying to push aside capitalism and snuff out the West's version of democracy. In a Foreign Affairs article that was written prior to October 1962 but published that same month, author Bertram D. Wolfe explained that the U.S. had been waiting "Forty-five years... for the Soviet Union to mellow" (Wolfe, 1962, p. 152). In those forty-five years the U.S. leadership had been waiting for the communists to seek to become "one state among many" rather than the belligerent state that seeks to change the world into its operating ideology. Wolfe, himself a former communist, wondered in his article how a regime that "arose through a crisis... could endure for forty five years?" (153). His article is ironic in the sense that the same month the article was published, the world came closer to nuclear catastrophe than ever before.
"The rise of the Bolshevik ideology and Lenin's seizure of power was not expected by American foreign policy scholars to last as long as it had lasted at that time. On page 157 Wolfe warns the U.S. that the Soviet dictators act quite differently - and aggressively - from the tsars in Russia that preceded them (including Lenin and Khrushchev)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Chang, Laurence, and Kornbluh, Peter. 1998. The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962. The NationalSecurity Archive / The George Washington University. Retrieved April 1, 2011, from
  • Langer, William L. 1962. Farewell to Empire. Foreign Affairs 41 (1): 115-130.
  • Wolfe, Bertram D. 1962. Communist Ideology and Soviet Foreign Policy. Foreign Affairs 41 (1): 152-170.

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