What was the Cold War? What actions were taken and how were the problems resolved? All of these questions and more shall be answered in this paper. Although direct military conflict never took place, diplomatic and economic struggles occurred.
Please join StudyMode to read the full document. In the height of the Cold War, Russia had stationed nuclear warheads in Cuba. The proximity of the weapons sent the nation into a panic and created extreme tensions between the United States and Soviet Union. Eventually, an agreement to dismantle the weapons was announced and war was avoided.
This would help avert similar crisis in the future, such as an accidental nuclear outbreak caused by malfunctioning of electronic equipment. Why did the Soviets placed the missiles in Cuba in the first place. Was it to protect Cuba from the United States? Or was it to reduce the gap between the arms race and balance of power, Depending on the aim the Soviets had, which is not for certain as there are many views, including the clear contradiction of Khrushchev himself about the aims, then we can discover if the crisis had been a victory for the USA and a failure for the USSR. However, one thing is for certain, both nations and the whole world won, as nuclear war was prevented which would have been devastating.
After the World War II the former allies in anti-Hitler coalition entered into unprecedented confrontation with the arms race, mutually hostile military blocks and putting the world under the threat of the global nuclear conflict. The dangerous epicenters of tension emerged in various parts of the world exposing the world community to the threat of the global nuclear catastrophe. One of such conflicts was the confrontation known as Cuban missile crisis which thank to the wisdom of the President Kennedy and Chairman Khrushchev did not burst out into the nuclear catastrophe. Immediately after Fidel Castro took the power he began the political and economic actions contradicting the interests of the United States.