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Author Hemmer, Christopher M. (Christopher Michael), 1969-
Title Which lessons matter? : American foreign policy decision making in the Middle East, 1979-1987 / Christopher Hemmer.
Imprint New York : State University of New York Press, 2000.

Author Hemmer, Christopher M. (Christopher Michael), 1969-
Series SUNY series in global politics
SUNY series in global politics.
Subject Middle East -- Foreign relations -- United States.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Middle East.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1977-1981.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1981-1989.
Description 1 online resource (x, 217 pages).
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "This book offers a model of the analogical reasoning process that helps answer the important question of why some historical analogies are seen as relevant for later decisions, while others are ignored. It explores the previously neglected possibility that analogies can do more than simply advance the pre-existing interests of decision makers, but can also determine the very interests policy makers seek to further. The usefulness of this approach in impacting the lessons of history is demonstrated by examining American policy toward Iran concerning American hostages from 1979 to 1987, detailing both the Carter administration's policy during the Hostage Crisis and the Reagan administration's policy that resulted in the Iran-Contra Affair."--Jacket.
Contents Analogies, choice, and foreign policy -- The historical repertoire -- The rise and fall of analogies: the Carter administration and the hostage crisis -- Evading an analogy: the legacy of the Iranian hostage crisis and the policy toward hostages in Lebanon -- The lessons of history and foreign policy: results and areas for further study.
Note English.
Print version record.
ISBN 0585360626 (electronic bk.)
9780585360621 (electronic bk.)
0791446492 (Trade Cloth)
ISBN/ISSN 9780791446492
OCLC # 47011205
Additional Format Print version: Hemmer, Christopher M. (Christopher Michael), 1969- Which lessons matter?. New York : State University of New York Press, 2000 0791446506 (DLC) 99087139 (OCoLC)43063160

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