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The Russia - Ukraine Conflict Through The Lens of The Cuban Missile Crisis

Navigating the complexities of international relations, specifically geopolitics, often feels like attempting to solve an enigma wrapped in a mystery. The clarity of goals, the reasons behind actions, and even the authenticity of the information we receive are frequently questionable. In this realm, where definitive answers are scarce and trust is a precious commodity, our understanding can feel frustratingly limited.


Yet, there is a method through which we can attempt to bring some clarity to these interesting dynamics: by adopting various lenses through which to view conflicts.

By stepping back, comparing, contrasting, and exploring multiple perspectives, we can uncover a richer, although not always accurate, narrative. While these viewpoints may not always capture the entire truth, they offer us intriguing discussions.

The Cuban Missile Crisis

Reflecting on the year 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis emerges as a profoundly tense moment in history, basically on the brink of nuclear warfare. This period of heightened tension commenced when the United States detected Soviet missile installations in Cuba, alarmingly close at just 90 miles off its coastline.

President Kennedy, perceiving this as an immediate and significant threat to national security, responded decisively by imposing a naval blockade around Cuba. This action aimed to prevent any further Soviet military supplies from reaching the island. In the face of escalating tensions, the leadership of both nations engaged in intense negotiations.

Ultimately, these discussions led to a historic agreement, whereby the Soviet Union agreed to dismantle its missile installations in Cuba, in exchange for the United States' promise not to invade Cuba and a secret agreement to remove American missiles from Turkey. This resolution effectively steered the world away from a nuclear conflict.


Advancing to the current era, the unfolding events in Ukraine represent a multifaceted scenario, deeply entangled with the legacies of post-Soviet state relations, the contentious issue of NATO's eastward expansion, and the profound pursuit of national sovereignty.

The situation took a dramatic turn in 2014 with Russia's annexation of Crimea, a move that not only created an international debate but also attracted many. This bold action, along with other military interventions in Eastern Ukraine, has been criticized for infringing upon Ukraine's sovereignty and for reshaping the security landscape of Europe.

Of course these developments are very intricate and often contain interplay of historical ties, strategic interests, and the sovereign rights of nations within the post-Cold War geopolitical order.

An interesting Point of View

At first glance, the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 and the current situation in Ukraine might seem worlds apart, with little common ground. However, a closer examination reveals intriguing parallels that challenge our initial perceptions.

Through this lens, Ukraine's strategic position to Russia today mirrors Cuba's to the United States during the Cold War, particularly regarding the proximity of military power. Just as the Soviet Union's placement of nuclear missiles in Cuba was seen by the United States as a direct threat in 1962, the potential for increased American military presence in Ukraine is viewed by Russia as a similar provocation.

Yet, it's crucial to recognize the complexities that differentiate these scenarios. The resolution of the Cuban Missile Crisis, achieved through diplomatic negotiation and compromise, highlights the potential for politics to prevent a catastrophe.

While it's true that no lives should be jeopardized in geopolitical standoffs, I am solely presenting this perspective to spark reflection on how past confrontations have been navigated. Although history may not offer direct solutions to contemporary challenges, its recurring patterns provide valuable lessons on the dynamics of international relations and the importance of seeking peaceful resolutions.


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Welcome to the blog, Angelo Corbelli is a Mechanical Engineering student at FIU with a passion for the aerospace industry as well as health and fitness.

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