By Roham Alvandi

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the final shah of Iran, is frequently remembered as a pliant tool of yankee energy in the course of the chilly battle. during this groundbreaking research Roham Alvandi bargains a revisionist account of the shah's courting with the U.S. by means of analyzing the partnership he solid with Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger within the Seventies. according to vast study within the British and U.S. documents, in addition to a wealth of Persian-language diaries, memoirs, and oral histories, this paintings restores organisation to the shah as an independent overseas actor and means that Iran advanced from a shopper to a associate of the U.S. below the Nixon Doctrine.

Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah offers an in depth account of 3 key old episodes within the Nixon-Kissinger-Pahlavi partnership that formed the worldwide chilly conflict some distance past Iran's borders. It examines the emergence of Iranian primacy within the Persian Gulf because the Nixon management regarded to the shah to fill the vacuum created by way of the British withdrawal from the area in 1971. It then turns to the height of the partnership after Nixon and Kissinger's ancient 1972 stopover at to Iran, whilst the shah succeeded in drawing the us into his covert struggle opposed to Iraq in Kurdistan. ultimately, it specializes in the decline of the partnership below Nixon's successor, Gerald Ford, via a background of the failed negotiations from 1974 to 1976 for an contract on U.S. nuclear exports to Iran. Taken jointly, those episodes map the increase of the autumn of Iran's chilly struggle partnership with the USA throughout the decade of superpower détente, Vietnam, and Watergate.

This paintings of yank diplomatic historical past, diplomacy, and heart japanese reports offers serious old heritage on Iran's pursuits for primacy within the Persian Gulf, its nuclear software, and what a US-Iran strategic partnership may appear like within the future.

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