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The Cold War: The Cuban Missile Crisis


"They talk about who won and who lost. Human reason won. Mankind won."

Nikita Khrushchev, Nov 11, 1962



Khrushchev and Castro embrace at the United Nations (September, 1960). From the Dino A. Brugioni collection at the National Security Archive.



Cold War International History Project

 See the Cuban and Latin American Collections in the Project's Digital Archive.

50th Anniversary Website from the Harvard Kennedy School

The site is devoted to providing background on the conflict and encouraging reflection on the lessons learned from an event that eventually was viewed as a deft dance of diplomacy and an enduring teaching tool for current and future leaders.



Digital National Security Archive Collections:


The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962

The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962 presents an integrated, comprehensive record of U.S. decisionmaking during the most dangerous U.S.-Soviet confrontation in the nuclear era.


The Cuban Missile Crisis Revisited: An International Collection of Documents, From the Bay of Pigs to the Brink of Nuclear War

Additonal materials from newly declassified US documents and recently released Russian and Cuban records enhance the original collection above.

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