Thirteen Days and 50 Years Later: The Cuban Missile Crisis

Fifty years ago, the Soviet Union and the United States stood on the brink of nuclear war. People around the world held their breath and hoped for a peaceful resolution to the Cuban Missile Crisis. A distinguished panel convened at Stanford on Monday, Oct. 22, to reflect on those 13 days.

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  1. What have we learned from the Cuban Missile Crisis 50 years later?
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  3. Panelists are Stanford's David Holloway and Scott Sagan; Strobe Talbott, president of Brookings Institution, and Joe Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund.

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  7. I was 12 years old during the Cuban Missile Crisis. I remember it very well, I would come home from school, every day and watch Adlai Stevenson confront his Soviet counterpart. I vividly remember Adlai Stevenson directly ask the Soviet Ambassador -- "Are there missiles in Cuba? Yes or No. Don't wait for the translation, I want an answer". I was terrified that there would be WW III. I was on prescription medicine for my nerves, although now I think it may have been a placebo. I remember my father talking to me while I was lying in bed and telling me he would take me to Green Acres Shopping Center (that was before they were enclosed and called malls).and show me the world is not coming to an end because people were shopping. I guess that's how you get a nervous Jewish teenager to realize all is well because people are shopping. I guess you can tell by this long note "The Cuban Missile Crisis" had a huge impact on me.