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

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran, is often remembered as a pliant instrument of American power during the Cold War. In this lecture and book launch, 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. Dr Alvandi will discuss how the Shah shaped US policy in the Persian Gulf under Nixon and Kissinger, including the CIA’s covert support for the Kurdish revolt in northern Iraq, and the US role in the origins of Iran’s nuclear program. Dr Alvandi will draw on the history of Iran’s Cold War partnership with the United States to examine the potential for Iranian-American cooperation in the Middle East today.

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Event Details

Speaker: Dr Roham Alvandi, LSE
Chair: Professor Toby Dodge, LSE
Date: Thursday 16 October 2014
Time: 18.30-20.00
Location: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
Event Hashtag: #LSEAlvandi
Attendance: This event is free and open to all on a first come first served basis. Our events are very well attended, please make sure to arrive early. We cannot guarantee entry.


Roham Alvandi

Roham Alvandi is Assistant Professor of International History at LSE. He is a historian of modern Iran and the wider Middle East and has written extensively on the history of Iran’s foreign relations. His recent book, Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah: The United States and Iran in the Cold War (Oxford University Press, 2014), was selected by the Financial Times as one of its ‘summer books’ of 2014.

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