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YAMADA Yasuhiro

Research Topics

Contemporary History of U.S. Foreign Relations

Research Introduction and Message

What we find when we search for the lessons of history will be the key to understand international relations in the 21st century.

   How did international society attain its current form? What role has the United States played in that process? What is the significance of nuclear weapons?

   The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 came close to an all-out nuclear war between the superpowers. Why did the United States not to let the Soviet Union deploy their nuclear missiles in Cuba? How did the United States act in the crisis, and what reasons motivated those actions? How did this international crisis come to settlement without developing to a nuclear war? What effect did U.S. nuclear deterrent have on the Soviet Unions' actions? What effect did the crisis have on international society, and what lessons should we learn from the crisis today?

   The Cuban Missile Crisis is one example that demonstrarates how studying contemporary history of U.S. foreign relations, the Cold War history, and the role nuclear weapons played in that history will bring us better understanding of international relations in the 21st century.

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