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Roham Alvandi is a professor of history at the London School of Economics and an expert on Iran.

Roham Avlvandi is author of Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah: The United States and Iran in the Cold War

Historian Roham Alvandi discusses Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi’s political relationship with President Nixon and Dr. Kissinger in the 1970s. Based on extensive archival research, and oral histories, Alvandi’s work examines U.S. Cold War policy in the Persian Gulf, how the Shah became a partner of the United States under the formulation of the Nixon administration’s foreign policy doctrine.

Dr. Alvandi is associate professor of international history at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the author of “Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah: The United States and Iran in the Cold War,” which was selected by the Financial Times as one of the best history books of 2014. He has written extensively on the history of Iran’s foreign relations and his current research focuses on global human rights activism and the origins of the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

Program Highlights:

– How the United States helped give Iran a preponderance of power over Saudi Arabia in the Persian Gulf.

– How the Iran was able to gain unimpeded access of the Shatt al-Arab waterway from Iraq.

– Iran’s support of the Iraqi Kurd’s against the regime of the Baathist regime in Iraq.

– How the Shah became a partner of the United States in the era of detente with the Soviet Union.

– Iran’s role in the Into-Pakistan War.

– The beginnings of Iran’s nuclear program.

Further Reading:

Nixon, Richard. Address to the Nation on the Vietnam War. 3 November 1969.

National Security Decision Memorandum 92 (NSDM 92). 7 November 1970.

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