Why was the Cuban Missile Crisis such an important event in the Cold War?

What speeches and policies were important in formulating Cold War policy and why?

 

Why was the Cuban Missile Crisis such an important event in the Cold War?

 

What qualities did the leaders of the new colonies posses? Give specific examples.

 

Compare and contrast the struggles newly independent countries underwent.  In which countries was stability an issue?  To what degree?  Why?

 

 

Respond positively or negatively to the following statement: Gorbachev is directly responsible for democracy in the former Soviet Union. Defend your answer.