Document Type

Honors Project


Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ahmed Samatar


This thesis is an attempt to resurrect the strategic and philosophical thinking of Henry Kissinger in order to unlock the Iranian-American impasse. Encounters between the two countries have been in a state of deadlock since the 1979 Iranian Revolution, though its genesis dates back, at least, to the American-sponsored coup d’état of 1953. Within the American foreign policy establishment, no one looms larger than Dr. Kissinger: his contributions intersect the two worlds of academic diplomatic history and statecraft at the highest levels of international relations. He was the chief diplomat at a momentous period. Kissinger―through his writings and public policy―emphasizes balance of power, raison d’état, and international pluralism. As a result, these are the scaffolds of this study.

Using these concepts (in addition to others), I bring forth new policy possibilities for the United States and Iran to adopt, centered around the general and mutual position of détente. It is my contention that such recommendations could help mollify the deep and mutual antagonism that undergirds the current stalemate.



© Copyright is owned by author of this document