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Interview with Williamson, General Ellis*

Educational background and early career; recollections of tenure of office in Iran; on the structure and operations of the Iranian armed forces; nature and extent of Iran’s arms procurements from the U.S.; pattern and extent of growth of the Iranian armed forces; military planning in Iran; recollections of Iran’s various military commanders; U.S. foreign policy towards Iran; U.S. views on the sale of arms to Iran; on the Shah, his strategic views and policies; U.S. interests in arms sales to Iran; Iran’s role in U.S.’s geostrategic considerations; on the political situation in Iran in the early 1970s.

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Ellis-Williamson-Part-I Ellis-Williamson-Part-II Ellis-Williamson-Part-III Ellis-Williamson-Part-IIII Ellis-Williamson-Part-V Ellis-Williamson-Part-VI Ellis-Williamson-Part-VII


190pp. + summary + biographical note + index

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