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Iran Hostage Crisis 'Indirectly Precipitated' Other Major World Events, Says Bill Berkeley

The November 1979 seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran "was an event of great magnitude and profound consequences for both Iran and the United States," says Bill Berkeley, adjunct professor of International and Public Affairs, in his lecture: "The Iran Hostage Crisis -- Roots of Reform?" In his recent presentation, he notes that the Iran hostage crisis "indirectly precipitated the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the Iran-Iraq War, alienation from the United States for a generation and running, and consolidated the radical Islamist regime led by the Ayatollah Khomeini." Berkeley, a former reporter and editorial writer for The New York Times, also describes his conversations with former hostage-takers who have reemerged as leaders in the Iran's large reformist movement.

Bill Berkeley

Real Video (50:00)

Production Number: 291
Shot: Apr 06, 2004
Published: May 05, 2004
Last modified:Oct 21, 2004