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Nixon's Nuclear Specter:The Madman Theory, the Secret Nuclear Alert of 1969 & Their Lessons for Our Times

  • Cintas Center -Schiff Conference Center 1624 Herald Ave Cincinnati, OH 45207 (map)

Tuesday March 8th - Jeffrey Kimball

Nixon's Nuclear Specter: The Madman Theory, the Secret Nuclear Alert of 1969, and Their Lesson for Our Times

Reception - 5:30, Dinner at 6:15 - Conversation starting at 7pm

Schiff Conference Center, Cintas, Xavier University

Jeff Kimball is a Professor Emeritus of History at Miami University and member of Foreign Policy Leadership Council. Drawing on substantial and recently declassified documentation, Jeff will discuss Nixon's and Kissinger's "Madman" threat making and military escalations in 1969, which, during the Vietnam War, had the purpose of intimidating the North Vietnamese into making concessions at the negotiating table in Paris.  In October of that year, their efforts culminated in what was probably the largest secret military operation in US history - a worldwide nuclear alert that was euphemistically codenamed "The JCS Readiness Test."  This historical episode holds lessons for us about such matters as the "nuclear taboo" the questionable efficacy of brinkmanship, and the issue of how stalemated wars come to an end. Read more here.

Please reserve places for yourself and guests for the upcoming March 8 Foreign Policy Leadership Council dinner conversation with Prof. Jeff Kimball.   

RSVP to or send advance payment to “FPLC” c/o Joe Dehner, Frost Brown Todd, 3300 Great American Tower, 301 E. Fourth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202.