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Interview with Komer, Robert*

Educational history and early career; working of the National Security Council during the Kennedy presidency; relations between the Shah and President Kennedy; on the Shah’s request for arms from the Kennedy administration; on the origins of the White Revolution; Kenneth Hansen and U.S.’s economic reform program for Iran; U.S.’s position on the Shah’s reform initiative; recollections of trip to Iran with Vice President Johnson; use of arms sales to influence the Shah; Iran’s place in U.S.’s geostrategic concerns; relations between President Kennedy and Ali Amini; CIA’s views on Iranian politics in the 1960s.

Part 1

Part 2


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45pp. + biographical note + index

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