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Past Event

Theodore Voorhees: Kennedy and Khrushchev Play the Double Game Over Berlin and Cuba

This October, Monday Night Philosophy travels back six decades to two different October crises: the "Checkpoint Charlie" tank confrontation in Berlin in October 1961 and the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962. Join us for a virtual conversation with Theodore Voorhees, Jr., who used new as well as previously under-appreciated documentary evidence to link the Cuban Missile Crisis back to the Checkpoint Charlie tank standoff a year earlier, crafting an original analysis of these two Kennedy-Khrushchev political showdowns. Voorhees concludes that much of the Cold War rhetoric both leaders employed was mere posturing. In reality, neither had any intention of starting a nuclear war.

Voorhees also reexamines Khrushchev’s and Kennedy’s leadership, decisions and rhetoric in light of the under-appreciated role that domestic politics played in President Kennedy’s decision-making, initially exacerbating the risks the country faced, but ultimately producing a quick, peaceful resolution to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

MLF Organizer
George Hammond
Notes

MLF: Humanities

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October 12, 2020

United States

Speakers
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Theodore Voorhees, Jr.

Senior Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP; Author, The Silent Guns of Two Octobers: Kennedy and Khrushchev Play the Double Game

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In Conversation With George Hammond

Author, Conversations With Socrates

Format

6–7 p.m. PT program