Date of Award
Political Science & International Relations
The Iran-Contra Affair of the 1980's created such a scandal upon its discovery that it was likened to the Watergate scandal'of the 1970's. For a time there were fears that a second U. S. President might be forced to resign his office in disgrace. Serious questions were raised about the intent and direction of the U. S. foreign policy. I will argue that the entire affair occurred as a result of a combination of a certain Presidential type and a certain process of decision-making. I will rely heavily on the work of Graham T. Allison and James David Barber to formulate an explanation as to why the Iran-Contra Affair was possible.
Feucht, James, "A Hybridization Of An Allison-Barber Model Of Decision-Making In Explanation Of The Iran-Contra Affair" (1990). Political Science and International Relations Undergraduate Theses. 46.