While the Cuban Missile Crisis has been studied closely for decades, Harvard historian Serhii Plokhii’s latest book, “Nuclear Folly: A history of the Cuban Missile Crisis,” utilizes newly declassified KGB archives giving a uniquely detailed perspective on the crisis. The 1962 standoff remains the closest the world has come to nuclear Armageddon. As the world today sees the re-emergence of great power competition among nuclear states, Plokhii provides relevant insights with new lessons for how to handle today’s tensions.
Ambassador John Herbst, director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center, moderates a conversation with historian Serhii Plokhii about his new book “Nuclear Folly: A history of the Cuban Missile Crisis.” Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Debra Cagan, Dr. Sergey Radchenko, professor of international relations at Cardiff University and public policy fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Dimitri Simes, president and CEO of the Center for the National Interest, and William Taubman, professor emeritus at the Amherst College Department of Political Science and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Khrushchev: the Man and His Era, join the conversation on the key lessons of the infamous nuclear standoff and how these new lessons impact nuclear politics in the 21st century.
Blog Post Oct 27, 2020
Apocalypse almost: Remembering the missiles of October
By Harlan Ullman
Maintaining a strong, relevant military is vital. However, we should maintain an “off ramp” to prevent the adversarial aspects of international competition from provoking a future military confrontation.
New Atlanticist Feb 5, 2020
The case for extending New START
By Alexander Vershbow
US and global security would be greatly enhanced by extending New START for another five years. Extension would preserve the last effective and verifiable agreement that limits the strategic arms competition between the United States and Russia and make it easier to maintain deterrence and strategic stability by allowing both sides an assured second-strike capability.
Issue Brief Mar 6, 2020
Russia’s exotic nuclear weapons and implications for the United States and NATO
By Matthew Kroenig, Mark J. Massa, Christian Trotti
Great-power competition has returned, and with it, the importance of nuclear weapons in international politics.
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