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Jimmy Carter and the sale of the AWACS to Iran in 1977

Murray, Robert W.; McGlinchey, Stephen

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Robert W. Murray

Stephen McGlinchey
Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations


© 2017 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. It appeared that as 1977 dawned, the political climate in the United States might render multi-billion dollar arms sales into unstable regions a thing of the past. Jimmy Carter triumphed in the presidential election of November 1976 on a popular platform of arms control and the introduction of human rights considerations into American foreign policy. His transition from that idealistic candidate to the president who agreed to sell Iran a fleet of highly advanced AWACS aircraft, as part of a record breaking $5.7 billion arms package, is therefore outwardly confusing. Yet, when examining the entrenched policy path that Carter inherited regarding arming Iran, and the larger needs of Cold War containment, the logic of Carter’s decisions essentially to betray his own policies in this case becomes clear.


Murray, R. W., & McGlinchey, S. (2017). Jimmy Carter and the sale of the AWACS to Iran in 1977. Diplomacy and Statecraft, 28(2), 254-276.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 16, 2016
Online Publication Date Jun 20, 2017
Publication Date Apr 3, 2017
Deposit Date Aug 8, 2016
Publicly Available Date Oct 4, 2018
Journal Diplomacy and Statecraft
Print ISSN 0959-2296
Electronic ISSN 1557-301X
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 2
Pages 254-276
Keywords Jimmy Carter, Iran, Shah, Cold War, Richard Nixon, Iranian Revolution, US Foreign Policy, USA
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