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In 1962 there was misunderstanding fear and ideological suspicions between the USA and the USSR which led to the Cuban Missile Crisis However the conflict was primarily about securing strategic military and economic interests for both superpowers resulting in important consequences for both superpowers and the nation of Cuba This tense period for the whole world impacted strongly on each country The USSR experienced a strategic defeat the USA showed their dominance as a superpower and Cuba suffered the consequence of being involved in a war that wasnt theirs The Cold War which occurred between 1947 and 1991 was according to Joseph Pecar a contemporary US economic commentator a sustained state of political and military tension between the USA and the USSR 1 The Cuban Missile Crisis was one of the major confrontations of the Cold War and is regarded as the moment that the Cold War came closest to turning into a nuclear conflict 2 It occurred in 1962 when the Soviet Union began to install nuclear missiles in Cuba The USA refused to allow this and after thirteen tense days and secret negotiations the USSR agreed to remove the missiles Cuba is an island nation situated less than 160km off the coast of Florida For many years America and Cuba had been cooperating with each other The US helped to squash rebellions and heavily invested in the Cuban economy From the 1960s Cuba was the center of sugar production and traded with North America while benefitting the US investors 3 After Castro took over in a 1959 revolution the US stopped buying Cuban sugar which devastated the islands economy The US government grew increasingly concerned about the new Cuban government because Castro was critical of their involvement in Cuba and expressed anti-US sentiments The US was also wary of Castros relationship with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev This led to a fear that the US might intervene against the Cuban government This fear
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