March 30, 2023

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Thomas Schelling, the economist who helped avert nuclear war

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Thomas Schelling won the Nobel Prize in Economics

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1961 was a very tense year for those who lived through it.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists had a clock marking the end of the world – because of nuclear war.

Students were told what to do in the event of a nuclear attack, and Soviet President Nikita Khrushchev built the Berlin Wall so the US was convinced it would lose the space race.

In late September 1961, Henry Kissinger, who served as US Secretary of State from 1973 to 1977, and some US strategists were not far from the Pentagon when they received a call from West Berlin.

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