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Beyond the blank cheque: Arming iran during the ford administration

McGlinchey, Stephen; Moran, Andrew


Stephen McGlinchey
Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations

Andrew Moran


© 2016 Taylor & Francis. When President Gerald Ford decided tomaintain and deepen arms relations with Iran, he cemented a momentum that became near impossible for a successor to break by continuing the policy of his predecessor Richard Nixon. Nixon had given the Shah of Iran a "blank cheque" to purchase whatever American arms he desired- short of nuclear weapons. Although Ford’s authority would be challenged by members of his own Administration and a Congress seeking to claw back some of its authority, the need to support allies in the Middle East against the threat of the Soviet Union, even during a time of détente, remained paramount.


McGlinchey, S., & Moran, A. (2016). Beyond the blank cheque: Arming iran during the ford administration. Diplomacy and Statecraft, 27(3), 523-544.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 16, 2016
Publication Date Jul 2, 2016
Journal Diplomacy and Statecraft
Print ISSN 0959-2296
Electronic ISSN 1557-301X
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 3
Pages 523-544
Keywords Iran, Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, Shah, arms trade, Cold War, US Foreign Policy
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Diplomacy and Statecraft on 02 August 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline....0/09592296.2016.1196074


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