Thu, Jan 24, 2013: Confronting a Nuclear Age: The Cuban Missile Crisis - a UN-mediated settlement

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Join us for a free public lecture at 3-5pm on January 24th, 2013 in Room 044 (east end of the building in the basement) at University College, 15 King’s College Circle, Toronto, ON by:

Walter Dorn


The Cuban Missile Crisis – a UN-mediated settlement

Before, during, and after the Cuban Missile Crisis: Weapons testing. Nuclear warfare. Strategies. MAD. Ballistic missile defence.

• Cuban Missile Crisis. Harvard University’s Belfer Center created this web site to commemmorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
• Nick Thorp, “Radioactive Fallout to Iron County,”,+UT
• Geoffrey Forden, Pavel Podvig, And Theodore A. Postol, Colonel Petrov’s Good Judgment. Peace Magazine, April-June 2001, p. 16. also, see
• “Mutual Assured Destruction,” Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
• Steven Starr, “Climatic Effects of Nuclear War,” Peace Magazine July 2009, p. 6.

This lecture is part of the series Confronting a Nuclear Age which is co-sponsored by University College Health Studies Programme, Canadian Pugwash Group, Science for Peace and Voice of Women for Peace.


Walter Dorn is Professor of Defence Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC) and the Canadian Forces College (CFC). At the CFC, he serves as the Chair of the Department of Security and International Affairs. He is also Chair of Canadian Pugwash, an organization of physical, life and social scientists seeking to reduce threats to global security.

As an “operational professor,” he participates in field missions and serves in international organizations. For instance, he was a UN electoral officer for the 1999 East Timor referendum and in 2010, he was a Visiting Professional with the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. He has also served as a consultant to the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations.

At the Canadian Forces College he brings his experiences to his lectures, seminars and supervisions. He teaches officers of rank Major to Brigadier-General from Canada and a score of other countries. He specializes in arms control, peace/stability operations and international security.

Dr. Dorn seeks to promote international peace and security through teaching, research and service (including field work). This site is designed to offer some of the results of this effort, especially publications.

He recently finished writing the book “Keeping Watch: Monitoring, Technology, and Innovation in UN Peace Operations” and is hoping to finally complete a similar book on a broader theme, tentatively titled “The Emerging Global Watch: UN Monitoring for International Peace and Human Security,” to cover the monitoring of conflicts, sanctions, elections, human rights and global security.

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