Homework Question on Iranian Revolution and the U.S.
- Research Paper (280 points)
- APA format
- 5-7 pages
- 12 point Times New Roman
- 1 inch margins.
Pick one country that has experienced (or is currently experiencing) a revolution and analyze its significance for the national security of the United States.
Make sure you have an argument that you support with evidence from at least 4 articles/books you find useful for your research.
In writing your paper, include the following components:
- Identify the country you will write about
- State the reasons leading up to the revolution – do not just describe what happened, explain how and why it did
- Outline the US involvement in the country before the revolution – why and how has this country been important to the US, in terms of national security
- Describe the US involvement in the country during and after the revolution
- Identify any threats that the country’s turbulence now or subsequent government regime can pose to the national security of the US
- Argue why they are significant (or not)
- Prescribe US foreign policy towards that country based on different government regimes/outcomes – how should the US structure its foreign policy towards this country from now on and why? Remember – you are making an argument so always try and explain how and why!
Homework Answer on Iranian Revolution and the U.S.
There has been a great history between the United States and Iran. Since the 1979 Iran revolution, the association between these two nations grew from good to worse. Initially, the United States was a critical ally of Iran since the nation provided a strategic location for security reasons to tame the influence of the Soviet Union. Furthermore, the association also benefited the U.S. and other western nations from the favorable oil deals they made in Iran. This was significant because Iran was one of the largest markets for the U.S. weaponry. This relationship was, thus, very significant to the U.S. and itsupported Iran. However, things changed after the revolution in 1979 that threatened the security of the U.S. leading to bad relations between the two nations to date. This research will provide an argument on the events leading to the revolution, the U.S. role in the revolution, the security threats that faced America, and the result of the revolution and how it affected the foreign policy between the two nations.
The Iranian revolution of 1979 is one of the occurrences in the history of the world that affected the security concerns of the United States. Before this event, the United States had extreme power and control over the Iranian government. The western influence in the nation resulted in anti-American emotion in Iran (Wise, 2012).The U.S. had extendedits influence over Iran by pushing Mohammad Reza Shah to a more powerful position over Mohammad Mossadegh, who was acharming Iranian Premier. Mossadeghnationalized the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company in 1951, which ensured Britain received billions of dollars per year.
The U.S. first worry was that Iran would become a communist state, an aspect that would give the Soviet Union an advantage given their state of cold war that existed between them. The fear made the U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower to plot a coup to remove Mossadegh, which was successful in 1953. Once he was outset, the U.S. and Britonsempowered Shah and swapped with a U.S. backed Iranian general, Fazlollah Zahedi. This made the U.S. and Britain tocreate an Iranian government that they would easily manipulate (Wise, 2012). Moreover, after the coup, the American-Iranian relations thrived.