Which lessons matter? [electronic resource] :American foreign policy decision making in the Middle East, 1979-1987 / Christopher Hemmer.Material type: BookSeries: SUNY series in global politics: Publisher: New York : State University of New York Press, 2000Description: 1 online resource (x, 217 p.).ISBN: 0585360626 (electronic bk.); 9780585360621 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Middle East -- Foreign relations -- United States | United States -- Foreign relations -- Middle East | United States -- Foreign relations -- 1977-1981 | United States -- Foreign relations -- 1981-1989 | POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Government -- International | POLITICAL SCIENCE -- International Relations -- General | Relations internationales -- Prise de d�ecision -- Etats-Unis -- 1970-2000 | Proche-Orient -- Relations ext�erieures -- �Etats-Unis | �Etats-Unis -- Relations ext�erieures -- Proche-Orient | �Etats-Unis -- Relations ext�erieures -- 1977-1981 | �Etats-Unis -- Relations ext�erieures -- 1981-1989 | Moyen-Orient -- Relations ext�erieures -- Etats-Unis -- 1970-2000 | Etats-Unis -- Relations ext�erieures -- Moyen-Orient -- 1970-2000 | Electronic books | International relations | Middle East | United States | 1977 - 1989Genre/Form: Electronic books.DDC classification: 327.73056/09/048 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Includes bibliographical references and index.
"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."--BOOK JACKET.
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.
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