The Unthinkable Weapon

  • Lawrence FreedmanEmail author
  • Jeffrey Michaels


As the missile crisis drew to a close Kennedy and Khrushchev looked forward to a less tense relationship. The Soviet leader now had to accept that for the moment he had no obvious means of pushing forward on Berlin. Arms control had more promise. Nuclear proliferation was very much to the fore of Kennedy’s thinking as a result of the continuing argument with France, worries about Germany and knowledge of China’s nuclear ambitions. Higher on the agenda was the question of a nuclear test ban, which had been under discussion for many years but without much progress.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of War StudiesKing’s College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Defence StudiesKing’s College LondonLondonUK

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