Conceptual Models for the Cuban Missile Crisis

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Conceptual Models for the Cuban Missile Crisis Three conceptual models to analyze most any foreign policy decision 1) The rational actor 2) Organizational behavior 3) Governmental politics model Each model illuminates different aspects of the key decisions made by both the US and Soviet Union during the crisis Rational Actor Model (RAM) Considers countries as unitary decision-makers and their actions as purposive, rational, and value-maximizing Applied to CMC Why SU put offensive missiles in Cuba? Berlin. Bargaining maneuver to help achieve long-desired Soviet goal of removing western influence from Berlin Why US respond with blockade? Best option without provoking military response Organizational Behavior Model Countries and governments are not unitary actors but vast conglomerates of loosely allied
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Unformatted text preview: organizations, each with a substantial life of its own Government Politics Model Foreign policy actions as resultants of the politics, bargaining, idea-sharing and power playing that goes on in the government-place missiles in cuba bc domestic pressures-withdrew because. Kennedy allowed Khrushchev to save face by privately agree to move missiles Takeaways Many factors weigh in on foreign policy decisions FOPO cant always be explained through rational utility calculations RAM would tell us MADD made Cold War a very safe period 2 and 3 show how close the world could have been to nuclear war FOPO is not only a decision but a process...
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