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Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah – The United States and Iran in the Cold War - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah: The United States and Iran in the Cold War

Roham Alvandi


Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last shah of Iran, is often remembered as a pliant instrument of American power during the Cold War. In this book Roham Alvandi offers a revisionist account of the shah’s relationship with the United States by examining the partnership that he forged with US president Richard Nixon and his advisor Henry Kissinger in the 1970s. Drawing on American, British, and Iranian sources, this study restores agency to the shah as an autonomous international actor and suggests that Iran evolved from a client to a partner of the United States under the Nixon Doctrine. This book ex ... More

Keywords: Iran, United States, Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, Cold War, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Kurds, Nuclear, Persian Gulf, Iraq

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199375691
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199375691.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roham Alvandi, author
London School of Economics and Political Science

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