His Imperial Majesty Mohammed Reza Pahlavi Shahanshah, Aryamehr : an operational code.
Sitz, William W.
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This project was undertaken to help satisfy a desire of the researcher to learn more about a Middle Eastern country- deserving much attention today, Iran. His Imperial Majesty Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi is the major actor in Iranian decision-making and as such was the focus of this project. The "operational code" approach of Professor Alexander L. George provided the model used to examine the political be- lief system of the Shahanshah, and then this set of beliefs was applied to a qualitative content analysis of English- language Iranian press sources to discern the monarch's approach to political activity on the local, regional, and global levels. The research indicates that Mohammed Reza Shah, acutely aware of the twenty-five centuries-old Persian kingship tradition, is striving to modernize his nation while strengthening its international standing. Independence from foreign influence marks Iranian domestic and foreign policies, and careful exploitation of the nation's oil riches has enabled the Shah to develop his country so that it now is a major actor in global affairs as well as in the Middle East and in South Asia.