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Saunders, Harold*

Oral History Interview

Interviewer
William Burr
Place
Washington, DC
Date
February 12 and 27, April 8, May 1, 1987
Condition
Open
Language
English
Content
153 pp + Summary + Biographical Note + Index
Interviewee Details
CIA Junior Officer Trainee, 1958-1961; National Security Council (NSC)Staff, 1961-1974; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, 1974-1975; Director of Intelligence and Research, 1975-1978; Assistant Secretary of State for Near East and South Asia, 1978-1981.
Abstract
NSC under Kennedy and Johnson; influence of Robert Komer and Ken Hansen on Iran policy in the early 1960s; role of Military and Economic Assistance in US-Iran relations; importance of oil; importance of Iran-Israel relations; The White Revolution; Ruhollah Khomeini in 1963; Shah, Nixon, Kissinger in Tehran in 1972; evolution of US-Iran relations under Nixon; relations under Carter; the Vance-Brzezinski conflictual effect on policy coherence; George Ball's role; US and Khomeini; on Ambassador Sullivan.

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