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US Foreign Policy and the Iran Hostage Crisis : Cambridge Studies in International Relations, 75 - David Patrick Houghton

US Foreign Policy and the Iran Hostage Crisis

Cambridge Studies in International Relations, 75

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Published: 31st July 2001
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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.

"Houghton has produced an excellent, in-depth study of the Iranian hostage crisis, making outstanding use of new material about policy/decision makers' perceptions...A superb book." CHOICE "...the book provides a clear account of the analogical reasoning model and uses available sources well to provide an interesting description of the deliberations in the Carter administration surrounding the Iranian hostage crisis." Political Science Quarterly "Well-organized and well-written, Houghton provides a clear and persuasive understanding of the Iran hostage crisis and the important role of cognitive-analogical reasoning." International Politics "...Houghton has written an intersting and thought-provoking book on an important subject that raises a number of compelling questions for future research." American Political Science Review

Preface
Jimmy Carter and the tragedy of foreign policy
Locating the argument: a review of the existing literature
The origins of the crisis
The waiting game
Days of decision: the hostage rescue mission
Hostages to history
Some alternative explanations: non-analogical accounts of the Iran decision-making
Conclusions
Dramatis personae
The major historical analogies used
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521805094
ISBN-10: 0521805090
Series: Cambridge Studies in International Relations, 75
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 31st July 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.43