This presentation is based partly on a summary of arecently completed book that was published in 2008 by Routledge:
The United States and Iran Sanctions, Wars and the Policy of Dual Containment
The presentation provides an outline of the USgovernment policy toward Iran and, by association, Iraq since 1979.
To the extent that this policy must be understood in itshistorical context, I will examine the historical backgroundfor the formation of the policy.
The IranianRevolution and theUS Policy of DualContainment