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Atoms for Peace and Atoms for War: Unintended Consequences from Eisenhower's Well-Intended Program
The "Atoms for Peace" program launched by president D. Eisenhower in his speech at the UN General Assembly of December 8, 1953, marked a turning point in the uses of nuclear technology. It promised to establish civilian uses of nuclear technology, no doubt on of the central scientific and technological achievements of modernity. It became the economic and foreign policy benchmark of the Eisenhower Administration, intended on promoting civic and industrial uses of nuclear technology. The results are a bit more complex than that. Using the mid-range, structurally informed social theories of risk, this research explores the "Atoms for Peace" program and the broader legacy of ongoing technological and environmental risks. I purport to do so in three steps: 1. Examine the peaceful uses of nuclear technology, and its promises, as envisioned by President Eisenhower and promoted by his Administration. 2. Examine the legacy of the "Atoms for Peace" program, which paradoxically, may have been the turning point in the history of the nuclear proliferation. 3. Explore the implications of the "Atoms for Peace" program with an eye on geo-political events, as they are currently unraveling.