The Cuban Missile Crisis: A Fifty Year Retrospective Assessment, 25-27 October 2012


Conference Programme

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Chikara Hashimoto (, Centre for Intelligence and International Security Studies, Aberystwyth University

David Gioe (, Cambridge Intelligence Seminar, University of Cambridge


This autumn sees the fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the quintessential Cold War crisis which Arthur Schleslinger, Jr. termed ‘the most dangerous moment in human history’. In order to mark this seminal event the Centre for Intelligence and International Security Studies (CIISS) at Aberystwyth University and the Cambridge Intelligence Group (seminar), University of Cambridge are hosting a major international conference at Gregynog Hall in the idyllic setting of rural Wales.

The conference will seek to address the legacies and lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis by means of a number of papers and roundtable discussions. The conference will feature contributions from a number of the most eminent international scholars of nuclear history, intelligence, espionage, political science and the Cold War. The continuing relevance of the lessons of 1962 cannot be overstated and this multidisciplinary conference will be of interest to intelligence professionals, historians, political scientists, and policymakers.

Speakers include:

  • Professor Christopher Andrew (University of Cambridge, Official Historian of MI5)
  • Professor Len Scott (CIISS, Aberystwyth University)
  • Dr. Michael S. Goodman (King's College London, Official Historian of the JIC)
  • Professor Don Munton (University of Northern British Columbia)
  • Professor Campbell Craig (Aberystwyth University)
  • Dr. Peter Catterall (University of Westminster)
  • Dr. Michael Petersen (National Intelligence University)


Full-board and Conference Fee (including Conference Dinner and Wine receptions): £325 all inclusive

Post-graduate Student Rate: £150