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Harold StassenEisenhower, the Cold War, and the Pursuit of Nuclear Disarmament$
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Lawrence S. Kaplan

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813174860

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813174860.001.0001

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Special Assistant for Disarmament, 1955–1958

Special Assistant for Disarmament, 1955–1958

(p.109) 5 Special Assistant for Disarmament, 1955–1958
Harold Stassen

Lawrence S. Kaplan

University Press of Kentucky

It was apparent from the beginning that the Foreign Operations Administration would have a short life. Arms control and disarmament played a larger role in Eisenhower’s thinking than did the management of foreign aid. After appointing Stassen his special assistant for disarmament, the president appeared to be unnerved by the complicated program he proposed. Eisenhower was particularly put off by the numbers—the 20,000 to 30,000 non-Russian inspectors on Russian soil that Stassen recommended. Dulles, too, derided those figures as unrealistic. Ultimately, according to historian H. W. Brands, Stassen failed to win the president’s support for his plan. Political scientist David Tal phrased Eisenhower’s disapproval more starkly, claiming that he “excoriated the plan” and that the only thing it achieved was to unite. the Atomic Energy Commission, the CIA, the Defense Department, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff against Stassen’s ambitious program.

Keywords:   Foreign Operations Administration (FOA), Atomic Energy Commission, Ambassador Robert Murphy, Act of Chapultepec, Monroe Doctrine, Geneva, Ambassador Charles E. Bohlen, Open Skies, UN Disarmament Commission, National Security Council

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