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Description - US Foreign Policy and the Iran Hostage Crisis by David Patrick Houghton

Why did a handful of Iranian students seize the American embassy in Tehran in November 1979? Why did most members of the US government initially believe that the incident would be over quickly? Why did the Carter administration then decide to launch a rescue mission, and why did it fail so spectacularly? US Foreign Policy and the Iran Hostage Crisis examines these puzzles and others, using an analogical reasoning approach to decision-making, a theoretical perspective which highlights the role played by historical analogies in the genesis of foreign policy decisions. Twenty years after the failure of the hostage rescue operation, Houghton uses interviews with key decision-makers on both sides to re-consider these events - events which continue to poison relations between the two states. The book will be of interest to students and scholars of foreign policy analysis and international relations.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521805094
ISBN-10: 0521805090
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 21-May-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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