chapter  VI
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A True and Lasting Order: Search for a Post-War Policy

In the closing months of 1918 the major British concern in Iran was no longer enemy columns and agents but the issue of how to preserve the gains made during the war. This came down to two related questions: what to do in Persia to secure British influence, and what to do to guarantee the exclusiveness of Britain's position. There were no apparent answers for the first question, but increasingly the answer to the second question came down to isolating Iran diplomatically. This meant forestalling such issues as the employment of foreigners in Iran, and of trying to guarantee that the Peace Conference would not produce decisions detrimental to British interests.