Videos and transcripts of McNamara’s public appearances between 1984 and 2005, in which he addressed questions of nuclear security.

Development and the Arms Race

An Address by McNamara, University of Chicago

22 May 1979

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The Day After

ABC News ‘Viewpoint’

20 November 1983

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Quest for Peace

Part 1 of 3, 1984

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Quest for Peace

Part 2 of 3, 1984


Quest for Peace

Part 3 of 3, 1984

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Cuban Missile Crisis

Round table, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

13 October 1987

This roundtable includes panelists who were key actors on both sides during the crisis. After 25 years, and with new information coming to light, they re-evaluate the crisis.  (McNamara at 01:15:50)

Cuban Missile Crisis - Round Table 1987

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INF Treaty

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing

2 February 1988

SFRC hearings on a treaty between the US and the Soviet Union to eventually phase out intermediate and short range missiles.   Includes testimony from former Secretaries of Defense Robert McNamara, Caspar Weinberger, James Schlesinger and Harold Brown.

INF Treaty

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Can we end the Cold War? Should We Try?

Georgetown University

26 March 1989

Can We End the Cold War?

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Can we end the Cold War?  Should we?

Harvard, (Audio only)

15 May 1989

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Defense and Arms Control Policy

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing

15 May 1989

Defense and Arms Control Policy

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1962 Cuban Missile Crisis

Center for Foreign Policy Development, Brown University

21 January 1992

Cuban Missile Crisis - Conference 1992

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A Vision of US Security in the 21st Century

ECAAR Japan Symposium

28 August 1995

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Wilson’s Ghost

Robert McNamara & James Blight

7 June 2001

Co-authors Robert McNamara and James Blight discuss their book, Wilson’s Ghost: Reducing the Risk of Conflict, Killing and Catastrophe in the Twenty-first Century.

Wilson's Ghost

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Wilson’s Ghost – Interview

Hoover Institution

20 June 2001


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University of Washington, Seattle

31 May 2002

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On the Brink

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library

October 2002

Panelists Robert McNamara and Ted Sorensen discuss the thirteen days of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Following their discussion, the panelists answered questions from members of the audience.  Click on ‘view video’ button below to watch or ‘play audio’ to listen only.

On the Brink

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Lessons of War

John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

3 March 2004

Robert McNamara discusses with Graham Allison lessons he learned from his involvement in the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War.  He also discussed clips from the documentary The Fog of War.

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Lessons of War

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Fora TV

9 March 2005

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2005 Fora.TV appearance

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Talk of the Nation – Nuclear Threats

Interview broadcast on NPR

8 November 2005

At a conference on nuclear non-proliferation issues hosted by the Carnegie Endowment, following a two-panel discussion on nuclear arms control and current threats, Neal Conan interviews Robert McNamara about his experiences. (Interview starts 1:21:00)

Nuclear Threats

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