How successful was Eisenhower at fulfilling his promise to bring the Cold War under control?

Although President Eisenhower managed to bring the Korean War to a conclusion, he was not responsible for any significant relaxation of Cold War tensions.

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President Eisenhower brought the Korean War (1950–1953) to a conclusion soon after his inauguration in 1953. That war did not end because of Eisenhower's supposed desire to end the Cold War, though. The death of Joseph Stalin, the dictator of the Soviet Union, in March 1953 ended Moscow's support for the war. Also, Eisenhower realized that a protracted and expensive war in Korea did not serve America's best interests. As the former commander of American forces in Europe in World War II, Eisenhower was fully cognizant that European security was America's paramount foreign policy goal in the Cold War.

The death of Stalin did reduce Cold War tensions somewhat. Stalin had been increasingly paranoid during his last years, and American leaders did not trust him. Stalin's successors were intent on solidifying their grip on power and were more amenable to America's new president.

But the Cold War continued, and one reason for this was Eisenhower's Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles. Dulles was renowned for his fierce anti-communist views. Some of Dulles's ideas, such as the unleashing of Nationalist Chinese forces, were too radical and impractical, however.

Although Eisenhower ended the Korean War, he deepened American involvement in Indochina. His commitment to the French and South Vietnamese in Indochina helped pave the way for America's disastrous role in the Vietnam War (1957–1975).

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