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The Shah's détente with Khrushchev: Iran's 1962 missile base pledge to the Soviet Union

Alvandi, Roham (2014) The Shah's détente with Khrushchev: Iran's 1962 missile base pledge to the Soviet Union. Cold War History, 14 (3). pp. 423-444. ISSN 1468-2745

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Abstract

Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran is commonly portrayed in Cold War historiography as a loyal client of the United States. Yet, the shah also pursued détente with Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev, culminating in Iran's September 1962 pledge to the Soviet Union that no foreign missile bases would be permitted on Iranian territory. Drawing on American and British documentary sources, as well as the memoirs of several Iranian participants, this article suggests that the shah's 1962 pledge was not simply a ploy to leverage more arms from the United States. Rather, it represented the shah's first modest step towards a more independent foreign policy during the Cold War.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/fcwh20
Additional Information: © 2014 Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Library of Congress subject classification: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International History
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 12 May 2014 15:21
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/56728/

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