Gary L. Scott

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Political Science


Political Science

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1 online resource (195 p.)


United States -- Foreign relations -- Iran, Iran -- Foreign relations -- United States, United States -- Foreign relations -- Philippines, Philippines -- Foreign relations -- United States


This paper is a comparative analysis of U.S. foreign policy towards Iran and the Philippines. The question which prompted this research topic was simple: why was the outcome for the United States so different in terms of subsequent relations with each state after the downfall of the Shah and Ferdinand Marcos? Both leaders were important U.S. allies in strategic states that had benefited from foreign aid. Opposition groups in each state resented this support of their repressive leaders. Unlike Iran, good relations with the Philippines continued during the Aquino presidency, without the resentment and mistrust which prevented good relations after the Shah's departure.


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