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POLI 2502 U.S.-Iran Relations since World War II (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course examines the domestic, ideological, and strategic dimensions of the troubled relationship between the United States and Iran since the Second World War. After a brief overview of the relationship in the pre-war period, it will focus on the war-time occupation of Iran by the Allied powers and the subsequent onset of the Cold War; Iran's oil nationalization crisis and the 1953 CIA-sponsored coup; U.S.'s unstinting support for the Pahlavi monarch after the coup until his fall in 1979; and the state of mutual distrust, tension, and hostility between the two countries since the Islamic Revolution.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Ali Banuazizi

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: This course is restricted to juniors and seniors.


Last Updated: 26-Jan-17