The Iranian Hostage Crisis And Its Impact On Foreign Policy Essay

1209 Words Oct 30th, 2015 5 Pages
On September 12, 1980, Ayatollah Khomeini finally agreed to meet with delegates from the United States. In the negotiations, he laid out four conditions to be met and then Iran would release the hostages. His conditions were “an American pledge not to intervene in Iran’s internal affairs, return of frozen Iranian assets, cancellation of American claims against Iran, and return of the Shah’s wealth to Iran”.
The Iranian Hostage Crisis finally ended with the Algiers Accords. For the last few months of the Crisis, both the Iranians and the Americans had sent delegates to Algeria to discussions the conditions of the hostages’ release. The Iranians had released the hostages minutes after Ronald Reagan was sworn in as president and “Iran’s deliberate delay was widely perceived as a final gesture of defiance intended to rub salt in Jimmy Carter’s wounds”.
There are many links to the Iran Hostage Crisis and the impact that the media played on the foreign policy decisions that the leaders made. One way that the media is used in foreign policy is to generate a certain feeling about a leader or about a certain event. For example, “by stimulating and exacerbating victim suffering and family tragedy, it is clear that media coverage can also increase pressure on target of demands” and in the case of the Iran Hostage Crisis, this “effectively forced the Administration…to drop any idea of using force to free the captive Americans”.
Nightline, a program that reports on the news and…

Related Documents