Sponsoring academic staff member: Dr Roham Alvandi
The research assistant will compile an electronic briefing book (EBB) of documents for the National Security Archive (NSA) at George Washington University, drawing on Chapter 4 of Dr Alvandi’s book, Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah. The NSA’s electronic briefing books provide timely online access to critical declassified records on issues including U.S. national security, foreign policy, diplomatic and military history, intelligence policy, and much more: https://nsarchive2.gwu.edu/NSAEBB/
This EBB will cover the CIA’s covert operation to support the Kurds of northern Iraq, in cooperation with Iran’s SAVAK and Israel’s Mossad, between 1972 and 1975. The EBB should include documents that examine the Shah of Iran’s role in drawing the United States into the Kurdish war in 1972; the escalation of the US role in the conflict at the behest of the Shah in 1973/74; and the termination of US support for the Kurds following the Shah’s decision to reach an agreement with Iraq’s Saddam Hussein in Algiers in 1975.
The work undertaken as part of the project will be provided with feedback.The completed EBB will be published on-line by the NSA.
Language: No language requirement.
• To select 10 documents that are cited in Dr Alvandi’s book chapter, drawn from the following two volumes of the Foreign Relations of the United States series: https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1969-76ve04; https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1969-76v27
• To write a short description for each document; as well as a 2,000-word essay summarising Chapter 4 of Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah.