The Cuban Missile Crisis

The Cuban Missile Crisis - alliance with Western Europe....

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The Cuban Missile Crisis: In 1962, the Soviets moved medium and intermediate range ballistic missiles into Cuba, provoking a crisis with the United States. At the time, the Soviets had less military capability that the Americans, and placing missiles in Cuba would give them a greater advantage. Realists and liberals view the resolution of the crisis very differently. Realists – the United States had to respond in order to maintain the credibility of its nuclear threat – the Soviets had recently threatened to take over the whole of Berlin and had built the Berlin wall in 1961 – the US had to prove its credibility in order to prevent the Soviets from undermining its
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Unformatted text preview: alliance with Western Europe. Similarly, the Soviets had to maintain the Warsaw Pact, and so they had to present a credible threat. Kennedy started a naval quarantine of Cuba a quarantine is a less hostile act under international law showing the incremental move up the ladder of escalation. Also prepared an invasion of Cuba. The Soviets eventually backed down for the realists, this proves that the credible threat of military force ended the crisis the Soviets were presented with the choice of an unacceptable escalation, and backed down....
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