It may seem like a stretch, but the Cold War crises that President John F. Kennedy faced hold important lessons for the nuclear impasse with Iran. Newly released historical files on the confrontations between the U.S. and the Soviet Union in the early 1960s can help us better understand what to expect if the current negotiations with Tehran fail and we are soon confronted with a nuclear-armed Iran.
Don Kendall made a name for himself by giving Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev his first taste of Pepsi. The 89-year-old former PepsiCo Inc. chief executive officer can also take some credit for the company’s latest move in Russia -- the takeover of Wimm-Bill-Dann Dairy & Juice Co.
The past 12 months have been bewildering, at least for those who assumed after 1989 that the world could look forward to a future of unequaled prosperity. Protests, often led by middle classes, erupted or intensified not only in economically damaged countries such as Greece, Spain and Thailand. They rattled relatively competent stewards of globalized economies in Chile, Brazil and Turkey.
Their home the focus of a standoff between world powers and their votes pitting global leaders against each other, most Crimeans are celebrating their peninsula’s return to Russia after 60 years of Ukrainian rule.
Ukraine told Russia that a military invasion would be an act of war following a vote by lawmakers in Moscow to give President Vladimir Putin the right to send troops after pro-Russian forces seized control of Crimea.