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Covert CapitalLandscapes of Denial and the Making of U.S. Empire in the Suburbs of Northern Virginia$
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Andrew Friedman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520274648

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520274648.001.0001

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Iran-Contra as Built Space

Iran-Contra as Built Space

U.S. Imperial Tehran in Exile and Edge City’s Central American Presence

(p.220) Five Iran-Contra as Built Space
Covert Capital

Andrew Friedman

University of California Press

In 1987, observers noticed two formations in the covert capital. The first was Edge City, an urban-studies term describing the offices, malls, and hotels that, at Tysons Corner, gave northern Virginia its first skyline. The second was Iran-Contra, the campaign to sell arms to Iran and funnel profits to the Contras. Iran-Contra and Edge City, the chapter argues, grew up alongside one another—a new system for managing covert action. But this chapter goes beyond Iran-Contra as scandal and male insurgent fantasy to examine the ways the phrase “Iran-Contra” also revealed a set of long imperial histories and migrations that had chained northern Virginia, Iran, and Central America together since the covert capital’s founding.

Keywords:   Iran-Contra, Oliver North, Secord, Pahlavi, masculinity, Edge City, Tysons, SCIF, Vietnam Syndrome, Salvador, Iran, Diba, Philip Johnson, race, Bencastro, Central America

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