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"That so Fair a Thing Should Be so Frail:" The Ford Foundation and the Failure of Rural Development in Iran, 1953-1964

Victor V. Nemchenok
Middle East Journal
Vol. 63, No. 2 (Spring, 2009), pp. 261-284
Published by: Middle East Institute
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25482637
Page Count: 24
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"That so Fair a Thing Should Be so Frail:" The Ford Foundation and the Failure of Rural Development in Iran, 1953-1964
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Abstract

From 1954 to 1964, the Ford Foundation attempted to implement an ambitious program of rural development in Iran. Through education, grassroots initiatives, and better credit, the Foundation hoped to transform Iran's peasant population into a base around which Iran would become a democracy. Its efforts, however, ultimately proved unsuccessful. This article argues that Ford's initiatives failed in part because its vision for the region was at odds with the goals of American foreign policy, which sought stability instead of democracy.

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