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50 years after the Cuban missile crisis

The origins of the missile crisis: An asymmetric confrontation in a Cold War context” is the name of a conference that will analyse if the missile crisis was just another Cold War clash or if it was a small country challenging the power that is the United States.

Of all the conflicts during the Cold War, the Cuban missile crisis, or the October crisis as it’s known in Cuba, was the closest one to becoming a full blown nuclear war.

The conflict started on October 15, 1962, after the US discovered a nuclear missile base in Cuba that belonged to the Soviet Union. Most of the crisis lasted less than a month, although afterwards some less important conflicts would arise, and ended with the withdrawal of the USSR.

After all the theatrics and the fact that the conflict between the US and the Soviet Union was extended for almost 45 years, Cuba became one of the extreme countries that confronted both powers, much like Korea or Vietnam.

It seemed however, that there was more at stake in the Cuban crisis. Was it simply a Cold War clash or was it the result of an unbalanced confrontation between a global power and a small country?

This question will be answered by Carlos Alzugaray, a Cuban expert in global issues and professor at the Center for Hemispheric and United States Studies (CEHSEU), and the University of La Habana.

Fifty years after the conflict, Alzugaray will present “The Origins of the Missile Crisis: An asymmetric confrontation in a Cold War context”.

Stephen Wilkinson, of the International Institute of Cuban Studies, will be a moderator at the conference.

The conference will take place on the 16th of October at 6pm, Room 349 (third floor) Senate House, South Block, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU.

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