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The Cuban Missile Crisis Revisited

Why It Matters Who Blinked

Authors: James Nathan, and Graham Allison
November/December 2012
Foreign Affairs


Graham Allison ("The Cuban Missile Crisis at 50," July/August 2012) seems to believe that U.S. President John F. Kennedy's handling of the Cuban missile crisis was an unalloyed success. He also contends that the Kennedy administration's response to the crisis forms a template for the kind of steadfast resolve that U.S. policymakers should adopt today, specifically with regard to Iran and North Korea.

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