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Cuban missile crisis

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis of October 1962, the nerve-wracking peak of the Cold War. To commemorate this event, Foreign Policy is tweeting the Cuban missile crisis in real time, chronicling the days, hours, and minutes when the world stood on the brink of nuclear destruction. Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard once noted that history is "lived forward" but "understood backward." Join us as we retell the story of the Cuban missile crisis as it was actually experienced by John F. Kennedy, Nikita Khrushchev, and Fidel Castro -- forward rather than backward, in all its cliff-hanging excitement and unpredictability. Michael Dobbs, a Foreign Policy blogger and author of One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War, will draw topical lessons from the gravest national security crisis of the Cold War. How much does a president know when he makes decisions that could affect the lives of millions? Does he control events, or do events control him? Could we be faced with an Iranian missile crisis in October 2012? Is there a way back from the brink?

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  • The Thirteen Days

    The Thirteen Days
    A day-by-day examination of the events of the crisis.

  • Blogging a World on the Brink

    On the Brink
    Michael Dobbs's blog on the world's most dangerous nuclear confrontation.

  • Join FP's new joint contest with the Kennedy School's Belfer Center

    Join FP's new joint contest with the Kennedy School's Belfer Center

  • Tensions in September

    Tensions in September
    A closer look at the month preceding the crisis.

  • August in Focus

    Key Events in August
    An FP Slide Show

  • July in Focus

    Key Events in July
    An FP Slide Show

  • What Was at Stake in 1962

    What Was at Stake in 1962?
    A look at Russian and U.S. nuclear stockpiles.

  • President on Holiday as Crisis Mounts

    President on Holiday as Crisis Mounts

  • Cuba Almost Become a Nuclear Power in 1962

    Cuba Almost Become a Nuclear Power in 1962

  • The Myth That Screwed Up 50 Years of U.S. Foreign Policy

    The Myth That Screwed Up 50 Years of U.S. Foreign Policy

  • The 'Eyeball to Eyeball' Moment That Never Was

    The 'Eyeball to Eyeball' Moment That Never Was

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Errata: Due to technical problems, Newfoundland is white and cannot be colored in. Other areas may be white either because they could not be colored in or because they were not included in the analysis.

Several countries in the 2010 and 2009 ranking tables display the wrong rank because their scores tied with other countries' scores. Countries with the same score share the same rank.

2010 corrections:
--Niger should be No. 19.
--Cameroon should be No. 26.
--Sierra Leone should be No. 28.
--Cambodia and Rwanda should both be No. 40.
--Papua New Guinea should be No. 56.

2009  corrections:
--Bangladesh should be No. 18.
--Liberia should be No. 33.
--Tajikistan should be No. 36.
--Laos and Rwanda should both be No. 43.
--Cambodia should be No. 48.
--Comoros should be No. 51.
--China and Israel/West Bank should both be No. 56.