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Fifty years have passed since the Cuban missile crisis took place in 1962. A failure to diplomatically resolve the crisis, which lasted from Oct. 15-28, might have developed into a nuclear exchange that turned into a total nuclear war.

At that time the United States had about 27,000 nuclear warheads and the Soviet Union about 3,000. The crisis taught the international community an important lesson: It is extremely difficult to manage a crisis between countries if communication is lacking and a catastrophic development may ensue.

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