Publisher description for US foreign policy and the Iran hostage crisis / David Patrick Houghton.
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Why did a handful of Iranian students seize the American embassy in Tehran in November 1979? Why did most members of the US government initially believe that the incident would be over quickly? Why did the Carter administration then decide to launch a rescue mission, and why did it fail so spectacularly? US Foreign Policy and the Iran Hostage Crisis examines these puzzles and others, using an analogical reasoning approach to decision-making, a theoretical perspective which highlights the role played by historical analogies in the genesis of foreign policy decisions. Twenty years after the failure of the hostage rescue operation, Houghton uses interviews with key decision-makers on both sides to re-consider these events - events which continue to poison relations between the two states. The book will be of interest to students and scholars of foreign policy analysis and international relations.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Iran Hostage Crisis, 1979-1981, United States Foreign relations 1977-1981 Decision making, United States Foreign relations Iran, Iran Foreign relations United States