US Foreign Policy and the Iranian Revolution

The Cold War Dynamics of Engagement and Strategic Alliance

  • Christian Emery

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Christian Emery
      Pages 1-25
  3. The Origins of Engagement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Christian Emery
      Pages 29-45
    3. Christian Emery
      Pages 46-70
  4. The Dynamics of Engagement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Christian Emery
      Pages 93-118
    3. Christian Emery
      Pages 119-130
  5. Engagement Held Hostage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Christian Emery
      Pages 133-153
    3. Christian Emery
      Pages 154-172
    4. Christian Emery
      Pages 173-190
    5. Christian Emery
      Pages 191-201
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 202-267

About this book


This book provides a fresh perspective on the origins of the confrontation between the US and Iran. It demonstrates that, contrary to the claims of Iran's leaders, there was no instinctive American hostility towards the Revolution, and explains why many assumptions guiding US policy were inappropriate for dealing with the new reality in Iran.


International Relations Diplomatic History Contemporary History US Foreign Policy Middle Eastern Diplomacy Afghanistan Cold War foreign policy Iran Iraq revolution

Authors and affiliations

  • Christian Emery
    • 1
  1. 1.School of GovernmentUniversity of PlymouthUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2013
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-46072-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-32987-5
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