Title page for ETD etd-04082009-100641


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Saghaye-Biria, Hakimeh
Author's Email Address hakimehbiria@yahoo.com
URN etd-04082009-100641
Title United States Propaganda in Iran: 1951-1953
Degree Master of Mass Communication (M.M.C.)
Department Mass Communication
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Richard Alan Nelson Committee Chair
Craig Freeman Committee Member
Ronald Garay Committee Member
Keywords
  • propaganda
  • United States
  • AIOC
  • Anglo-Iranian Oil Company
  • Iran
  • black propaganda
  • CIA
  • Mosaddeq
  • nationalization of oil
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • anti-communism
  • covert operations
  • covert action
  • coup
  • 1953
  • psychological war
  • psychological operations
  • war of nerves
Date of Defense 2009-04-03
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Using Jowett and O’Donnell’s system of propaganda analysis, the present case study concentrates on America’s dominant propaganda messages, techniques, and media channels used in Iran during the time period between 1951 and 1953. The chosen period is of historical significance since it entails the Iranian nationalization of oil crisis and the 1953 coup against the government of Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq. The coup was the first CIA-sponsored covert operation against a foreign government and served as a model for subsequent operations elsewhere.

An examination of the official correspondence of the major U.S. actors involved, as documented in the tenth volume of the Foreign Relations of the United States series, reveals that the primary objective of U.S. policy in Iran was to maintain Western control of the country’s oil resources as a means to curb Soviet power in the region. American officials realized that nationalism was a real and potent force in the country and that Mosaddeq enjoyed overwhelming public support. Frustrated with the failure of a negotiated settlement, the Truman administration began to secretly plan for covert action. The coup was eventually implemented under the Eisenhower administration.

The nationalistic nature of Iranian public opinion which equated Russian and British forms of imperialism ran counter to American policies in the region. To mitigate this counter-productive mentality, the United States planned its propaganda programs to raise the desire of the Iranian people to resist communism. Thus, in the three years before the coup, U.S. propaganda messages concentrated on spreading an anti-communist ideology.

In the months preceding the coup, the United States spent more than $1,000,000 in part to buy the allegiance of influential Iranian figures, such as deputies of the parliament, and to purchase the services of the controllable Iranian press. The CIA relied on black propaganda to reduce Mosaddeq’s popularity and legitimacy by, among other things, alleging that his actions were in line with the Tudeh Party (the Iranian communist party) and that he was an anti-religious individual. As a whole, the thesis shows the centrality of propaganda to U.S. foreign policy.

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