Wilson Center Experts

Phoebe Woorim Moon

Korea Foundation Junior Scholar
History and Public Policy Program

Cold War
Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
Security and Defense
North Korea
South Korea
North America
M.A. Candidate, Korea University
Wilson Center Project(s):
"Threat Perception on Personal Level during the Cuban Missile Crisis"
Sep 03, 2013
Mar 07, 2014

Phoebe Woorim Moon is a M.A. candidate in Korea University, located in Seoul. She is working as a junior scholar in Woodrow Wilson Center funded by the Korea Foundation Global Internship Program. Her B.D. is on French literature and language, and political science and international relations. With this literary background, Phoebe intends to study the human within international politics, majoring in political psychology.

Project Summary

This research focuses on a first image perspective, which is on the personal level, in interpreting the Cuban Missile Crisis. Perception on individual level strongly influences international conflicts just as much as more materialistic conditions do, and this was also the case during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Threat perception of political decision-makers such as John F. Kennedy, Nikita Khrushchev, Robert McNamara, and Rodion Malinovsky will be analyzed as the main cause of the Cuban Missile Crisis, by looking into their remarks and memoirs.

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