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Becoming enemies : U.S.-Iran relations and the Iran-Iraq War, 1979-1988

Author: James G Blight; Janet M Lang; Hussein Banai; Malcolm Byrne; John Tirman
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2014. ©2012
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First paperback editionView all editions and formats
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The unique methods of critical oral history, developed to study flash points from the Cold War such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, are brought into play to understand U.S. and Iranian relations from the fall of the Shah in 1978 through the Iranian hostage crisis and the Iraq-Iran war. Scholars and former officials involved with U.S. and UN policy take a fresh look at U.S and Iranian relations during this time, with  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James G Blight; Janet M Lang; Hussein Banai; Malcolm Byrne; John Tirman
ISBN: 1442208317 9781442208315
OCLC Number: 867013155
Notes: Proceedings of a conference held at the Arca Foundation's Musgrove Plantation Conference Center in St. Simon's Island, Georgia, December 8-10, 2008.
Description: xiv, 394 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Part I: the United States and Iran: how "the enemy has become our masterpiece". Prologue: Kierkegaard in the desert: a reader's guide to Becoming enemies --
Dramatis personae: who's who at the Musgrove Conference --
How it came to this: the evolution of dueling U.S. and Iranian narrative --
Part II: the Musgrove Conference: a critical oral history of the origins of U.S.-Iranian enmity. The Unites States confronts the Islamic Republic: the origins of enmity, 1979-1982 --
The U.S. tilt toward Iraq: a strategy for avoiding a "Middle Eastern Armageddon" --
"A world-class rogues' gallery of liars and crooks": the Iran-Contra affair --
"This huge crescendo of pressures": Iraqi resurgence in 1988 and Iranian preparation for war with the United States --
Khomeini drinks the "hemlock": how the UN facilitated the end of the war --
Part III: revelations, perspectives, and interpretations. Missed opportunities? the virtual history of U.S.-Iran relations during the Iran-Iraq war --
Epilogue: takeaways: what did we learn from the Musgrove dialogues? --
Appendix 1: chronology: the Iran-Iraq war, 1980-1988 --
Appendix 2: annotated excerpts from declassified documents.
Responsibility: James G. Blight, janet M. Lang, Hussein Banai, Malcolm Byrne, and John Tirman ; foreword by Bruce Riedel.

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