Becoming Enemies: U.S.-Iran Relations and the Iran-Iraq War, 1979–1988

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, May 3, 2012 - Political Science - 408 pages
Becoming Enemies brings the unique methods of critical oral history, developed to study flashpoints from the Cold War such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, to understand U.S. and Iranian relations from the fall of the Shah in 1978 through the Iranian hostage crisis and the Iran-Iraq 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 special emphasis on the U.S. role in the Iran-Iraq War. With its remarkable declassified documentation and oral testimony that bear directly on questions of U.S. policymaking with regard to the Iran-Iraq War, Becoming Enemies reveals much that was previously unknown about U.S. policy before, during, and after the war. They go beyond mere reportage to offer lessons regarding fundamental foreign policy challenges to the U.S. that transcend time and place.
 

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Contents

A Readers Guide to Becoming Enemies
3
Dramatis Personae Whos Who at the Musgrove Conference
19
The Evolution of Dueling US and Iranian Narratives
25
A CRITICAL ORAL HISTORY OF THE ORIGINS OF USIRANIAN ENMITY
53
The Origins of Enmity 19791982
55
A Strategy for Avoiding a Middle Eastern Armageddon
95
The IranContra Affair
125
Iraqi Resurgence in 1988 and Iranian Preparation for War with the United States
151
Chapter 7 Missed Opportunities? The Virtual History of USIran Relations during the IranIraq War
227
What Did We Learn from the Musgrove Dialogues?
253
The IranIraq War 19801988
287
Appendix 2 Annotated Excerpts from Declassified Documents
297
Acknowledgments
351
Notes
355
Acronyms
371
Index
373

How the UN Facilitated the End of the War
195
PERSPECTIVES AND INTERPRETATIONS
225
About the Authors
393
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James G. Blight, Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) chair in Foreign Policy Development, Balsillie School of International Relations, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario

janet M. Lang, research professor, Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario

Hussein Banai is an assistant professor of diplomacy and world affairs at Occidental College and a research affiliate at the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Malcolm Byrne is deputy director and director of research at the National Security Archive at George Washington University.

John Tirman, Executive Director and Principal Research Scientist, Center for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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