The Role of Leaders in Foreign Policy Decision Making Essay by Ace writers

The Role of Leaders in Foreign Policy Decision Making
A discussion of the importance of leadership characteristics in the political arena.
# 47202 | 912 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Feb 03, 2004 in Political Science (Non-U.S.)

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This paper discusses how the role of a leader in foreign policy decision making is often complicated by the need to balance both the leader's political base at home with the nation's best strategic interests and the best interests of allies in the geopolitical power structure abroad. This paper provides examples to demonstrate the fine line a leader must walk while making foreign policy decisions and how foreign policy decisions may backfire on the leader and, indeed, on the nation, later on.

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"The first U.S. president to initiate an intervention into Iranian affairs was Dwight Eisenhower, in 1953, Ike's first year in office. His Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and his national security advisors counseled Eisenhower that a covert foreign policy aimed at Iran was in America's best national interests. The CIA, according to well-known, oft-published documents, indeed planned and pulled off a bold coup in Iran (, 2003), the first successful overthrow of a foreign government by the U.S. The operation was code-named TP-AJAX (, 2003), and it was implemented in order to depose Iran's nationalist leader, Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq, who had nationalized the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company much to the chagrin of the U.S. and British governments, both of which were intent on keeping a hand on the rich oil supply gushing from Iranian wells. And as a replacement for Mosaddeq, the CIA's mission was to install "The Shah of Iran" (Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi)."

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