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Visiting Speaker: Dr Roham Alvandi, London School of Economics and Political Science

Nixon, Kissinger and the Shah: The United States and Iran in the Cold War

Sponsored by the Centre for Persian and Iranian Studies

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Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last shah of Iran, is often remembered as a pliant instrument of American power during the Cold War.  In a ground breaking new book, Roham Alvandi offers a revisionist account of the shah's relationship with the United States by examining the partnership he forged with Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger in the 1970s.  Based on extensive research in the British and U.S. archives, as well as a wealth of Persian-language diaries, memoirs, and oral histories, this work 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.


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