The Iran-Contra Affair and the Cold War: A "Neat Idea" and the Reagan Doctrine

Ledford, Joseph.


  • Abstract: This thesis analyzes the Iran-Contra affair and the Reagan Doctrine. It moves beyond the trappings of political theater wrought by Oliver North's "neat idea" of diverting residual funds from arms-for-hostages deals with Iran into the coffers of the Contras. It traces the formation of the Reagan Doctrine and examines the doctrine's application in Nicaragua, thereby exploring the covert op... read more
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