Oral History Interview
Gholam Reza Afkhami, Akbar E`temad and Sima Dabir-Ashtiyani
Washington, D.C. and Paris
April 22 and October 12, 1982
69pp. + summary + biographical note + index + photograph
Minister of State for Agricultural Production and Consumer Affairs, 1968; Minister of Labor, 1969-1972; Minister of State and Director of the Plan and Budget Organization, 1972-1977; Director of Queen Farah Foundation, 1977-1979.
Recollections of first meetings with Hasan Ali Mansur and Amir Abbas Hoveyda; on Hoveyda's leadership style and management of the cabinet and the government; origins of the Rastakhiz Party and the Shah's conception of it; public's reaction to the Rastakhiz Party; Shah's position on the role and future of the Rastakhiz Party; relations between the Shah and the cabinet; on the Shah's personality and leadership style; on the causes of the Revolution; workings of the Plan and Budget Organization; on the development of economic planning in Iran; Abol-Hasan Ebtehaj and the Plan and Budget Organization; relations between economic planning and government operations; recollections of Jamshid Amuzegar; assessment of Hoveyda's premiership; Hoveyda's relations with the Shah; Hoveyda's incarceration, freedom, and later voluntary return to prison after the Revolution; on Hoveyda's attempt to defend himself in a public forum.