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Zachary Matusheski
"Reassessing Ike: Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Korean War"
Monday, December 03, 2018, 12:30pm - 02:00pm
Mershon Center for International Security Studies
1501 Neil Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43201

Zachary Matusheski

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Zachary M. Matusheski is the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency Post-Doctoral Historian in Residence in the Department of History at The Ohio State University. His academic research centers on the ways that the Korean War and other Cold War era conflicts in East Asia shaped American military, political, and cultural history.

Matusheski's current book project examines Dwight D. Eisenhower’s first term. It focuses on how the President’s perceptions of East Asia shaped his foreign policy reforms. A part of the dissertation this project springs from won the 2012 Best Unpublished Essay in Cold War History Prize from Virginia Military Institute’s John Adams ‘71 Center for Military History and Strategic Analysis.

Matusheski earned his Ph.D. in history from Brandeis University in 2015. He earned his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University.


Reaching an armistice agreement in the Korean War was no easy process. Months and months of acrimonious debate mixed with bloody, costly fights near the 38th parallel. Frustration over the armistice process animated the 1952 presidential campaign culminating in then-candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower's iconic pledge to go to Korea. Over the first months of Eisenhower's administration, North Korean, Chinese, and United Nations Command forces found an armistice.

This talk will analyze the last months of the armistice negotiations and how Eisenhower's experience during this early part of his presidency shaped his defense policy. Lessons learned during this critical moment in the Korean War and Korean history shaped the 1950s, 1960s, and beyond.

This event is co-sponsored by the Institute for Korean Studies and supported in part by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant to the East Asian Studies Center. For more information, contact Stephanie Metzger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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