Remembering the Cuban Missile Crisis

“We’re eyeball to eyeball, and I think the other fellow just blinked.” – Secretary of State Dean Rusk, 1962

50 years ago this week, the Cold War heated up with a series of events known as the Cuban Missile Crisis.  Secretary of State Dean Rusk played an important role in emphasizing diplomacy and negotiation, over military action, during the crisis.  After his service as Secretary of State, Dean Rusk returned to Georgia and joined the faculty at the University of Georgia School of Law.  Both Dean Rusk Hall and the Dean Rusk Center for International Law and Policy are named for him.  To learn more about Dean Rusk and the role he played in international events in the 1960’s, read his book, As I Saw It, Law Library Basement E748.R94 A3 1990.  For a quick overview about why we should remember the Cuban Missile Crisis, read the U.S. Institute of Peace’s 2008 publication Why We Should Still Study the Cuban Missile Crisis by Michael Dobbs.

Dean Rusk and JFK

photo credit: Courtesy of Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries

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