Case 185 - Atomic Diplomacy in the Korean War
Since 1945, the primal tool of U.S. power, setting a context in which all other instruments are used, has been nuclear weaponry. But how effective are nuclear threats? And what produces effective bargaining leverage in atomic diplomacy? This case study analyzes the efforts of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s administration during the spring of 1953, just months after he had taken office, to grapple with these challenges as it moved to end the Korean conflict.