Global Politics

The history of US-Iranian relations

On November 4, 1979, during the Carter administration, Iranian revolutionaries stormed the American embassy in Tehran and took dozens of US diplomats and marines captive. They held them for more than a year. Relations between the two countries were destroyed.

Global Politics

History of Iraq part III: US-Iraq relations

Until 2003, US policy toward Iraq had been determined by three main strategic goals: ensuring the free flow of oil from the Persian Gulf, preventing any regional power from dominating the Gulf, and defending Israel. Jeb Sharp traces how Washington alternately shunned and cultivated Baghdad, and how US policy toward Iraq evolved after 9/11.

Global Politics

History of Iraq part II: the rise of Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein became president of Iraq in 1979. His rule was ruthless, his politics totalitarian, and his relations with neighboring countries notorious. Jeb Sharp chronicles Saddam Hussein's rise to power and the brutal tactics and clan politics he employed to stay there until his fall in April 2003.

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