Malcolm Byrne: Iran-Contra: The (Almost) Forgotten Scandal and Why it Still Matters


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For Dr. Byrne's full talk, please see video below. 

Malcolm Byrne, Deputy Director and Director of Research, has worked at the National Security Archive since 1986, and since 1990 has supervised the research process of identifying and obtaining documentation for the Archive's collections. He currently directs the Openness in Russia and Eastern Europe Project, and the U.S.-Iran Relations Project, both of which promote multinational and multi-archival approaches to the study of recent, controversial historical events. Previously, he served as co-director of the Iran-contra documentation project, and coordinated the Archive's project on U.S.-Soviet relations during the Cold War.

His latest book is Iran-Contra: Reagan’s Scandal and the Unchecked Abuse of Presidential Power (University Press of Kansas, 2014). Other books include The Chronology (Warner Books, 1987), The Iran-Contra Scandal: The Declassified History (The New Press, 1993), The 1956 Hungarian Revolution: A History in Documents (CEU Press, 2002), and the award-winning Mohammad Mosaddeq and the 1953 Coup in Iran (Syracuse, 2004). He is editor of "The National Security Archive Cold War Reader" series through CEU Press and co-editor of the Archive's microfiche publication series through ProQuest. His articles and book reviews have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Columbia Journalism Review, Dissent, the Journal of Cold War Studies, Iranian Studies, Middle East Report, the Cold War International History Project Bulletin, and other publications, and he has appeared frequently on national television and radio broadcasts. He has also lectured on various subjects at a number of universities.

In 2006, he was a History and Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Prior to joining the Archive, he was Assistant Editor for News Systems at The Washington Post, and an editor of Soviet/East European Report. He is a graduate of Tufts University and earned his M.A. in Soviet studies and economics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. In 1977, he taught English language and literature at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.