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Between the blocs: India, the United Nations, and ending the Korean war

Barnes, Robert (2013) Between the blocs: India, the United Nations, and ending the Korean war. Journal of Korean Studies, 18 (2). pp. 263-286. ISSN 2158-1665

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Identification Number: 10.1353/jks.2013.0022


This article demonstrates that India played a much-overlooked but significant role during the Korean War, seeking to use the United Nations (UN) to bring the conflict to a speedy conclusion. It first examines why India was in a unique position to influence events at the UN at this time before examining Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru's efforts to find a compromise solution during different phases of the conflict. It concludes that, while the United States remained the dominant voice at the UN throughout the Korean War, at certain times India was able to play a constraining role. This impact was felt most notably during the crisis following Chinese intervention in November 1950 and with the passage of the Indian resolution in the autumn of 1952 that ultimately brought the conflict to an end.

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Divisions: International History
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2014 10:41
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:06

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