The Iran-Contra Affairs can be seen through the lens of foreign policy. How should the U.S. relate to countries in Middle East and Central America? There are also enduring issues about ethics and our constitutional form of government. Through that lens, there are key questions about the duties of public officials, the justifications (if ever) for deception, and the significance of following orders. There are also important issues about the mechanisms for accountability in government, along with constitutional questions about the separation of powers.