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U.S.-Iran Relations during the Iran-Iraq War, 1980-88

December 12-14, 2008, St. Simon's Island, Georgia

U.S. policy makers and scholars will meet in a critical oral history conference to discuss the U.S. role in the Iran-Iraq war.  Using documents and scholarly treatments, policy makers from the period will review the reasons for and consequences of U.S. actions, the perceptions on each side of what the other was doing, and the way the war has affected the bilateral relationship subsequently.  Topics to be covered include the onset of the war, U.S. support for Iraq, the use of chemical weapons by Iraq, the “naval war” of 1987-88, the war’s termination.  The conference will be held at the Musgrove conference center and is supported by the Arca Foundation.



Massachusetts Institute of Technology