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Richard Nixon’s Road to Tehran: The Making of the U.S.–Iran Arms Agreement of May 1972

McGlinchey, Stephen

Authors

Stephen McGlinchey Stephen.Mcglinchey@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations



Abstract

In May 1972, Richard Nixon travelled to Tehran and signed a deal with the shah of Iran that allowed the Iranian monarch to purchase any U.S. weapons system he desired, in any quantity, short of nuclear weapons. This so-called 'blank cheque' was a highly irregular move, and a revolutionary change in both U.S. arms sales policy and U.S.–Iran relations. It formed the major component of a new U.S. Persian Gulf policy and became a major application of the Nixon doctrine. Exploring in detail how and why this agreement came to pass form an important, and so far overlooked, episode in U.S. foreign policy.

Citation

McGlinchey, S. (2013). Richard Nixon’s Road to Tehran: The Making of the U.S.–Iran Arms Agreement of May 1972. Diplomatic History, 37(4), 841-860

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 1, 2013
Journal Diplomatic History
Print ISSN 0145-2096
Publisher Oxford University Press (OUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 37
Issue 4
Pages 841-860
Keywords Iran, Shah, Nixon, Nixon doctrine, arms, Cold War, American foreign policy, Persian Gulf
Publisher URL http://dh.oxfordjournals.org/content/37/4/841.full.pdf+html

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