RUSI JournalVolume 158Issue 3members only

Ending the Korean War: Reconsidering the Importance of Eisenhower's Election


The first big confrontation of the Cold War did not end because of a US threat to use nuclear weapons, but because of a concerted international effort to find a negotiated solution at the UN

Historical interpretations of the end of the Korean War traditionally emphasise the importance of the election of President Dwight D Eisenhower, the leadership change in the Soviet Union, and the PRC's desire to focus on modernisation compounded by the failure to achieve its war aims. Robert Barnes, however, argues that these explanations fail to take into account a key additional factor: the UN negotiations in late 1952 regarding the thorny issue of the post-war fate of

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