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What were the impacts of the Cuban Missile Crisis

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What were the Impacts of the Cuban Missile Crisis? Josh Barrow (R) The Cuban Missile Crisis showed the superpowers that they had no option but to co-exist peacefully. After the Cuban Missile Crisis, particularly after Khrushchev was relieved of his position as leader, there was a concerted effort on both sides for arms control, resulting in the signing of many bilateral agreements. The Cuban Missile Crisis highlighted the importance of a clear and direct system of communication between Moscow and Washington. During the crisis, the two leaders communicated with each other through letter writing, which proved to be a very slow form of communication, particularly in such a tense time. ...read more.

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This meant that these two countries could not easily attack or defend using nuclear weapons as a first resort. The USA also agreed to sell grain to the USSR. The other agreements were discussed in the Strategic Arms Limitation talks. At the first talk in May, 1972, The USA and USSR essentially agreed on freezing the existing levels of strategic ballistic missile launchers (operational and under construction) at a certain number agreed on by both parties. The primary goal of the second talk was to replace the provisional agreement (SALT 1) with a long-term comprehensive treaty providing broad limits on strategic offensive weapons. ...read more.

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Like Kennedy said, "this could be the third world war and the last world war". This crisis showed that the USSR were perhaps getting their way with communism. They now had a country within the sphere of influence, right next to America. This led people to think that because communism was so close to the USA, it could very easily spread to parts of the USA and eventually throughout the whole country. The crisis showed (publicly) that the Russians had lost face and had taken the missiles from Cuba without any terms (this is what the public thought). This may have led countries to see USA as being the stronger political setup as they had defeated the Russians in this crisis. ...read more.

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