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April 11, 2014 | New York Times

Are Iran and Israel Trading Places?

August 6, 2013 | New Republic

Iran's New President Makes a Promising First Move

Hassan Rouhani, a man of ferocious pragmatism and an unfailing ability to find and align himself
June 17, 2013 | New Republic

Patience With All Things in Iran

June 12, 2013 |

The Ayatollah's Point Man

December 11, 2012 | Advancing a Free Society

The Caravan: Getting Iran Right This Time Around

February 17, 2012 | New Republic

A Tour of Egypt's Half-Finished Revolution

Virtually every one of these illegal buildings looks and is half-finished—a metaphor, perhaps, for the unfinished business that is the democratic transition in Egypt...
September 26, 2011 | Daily Beast

Is Khamenei the New Putin?

Little stands in the way of Ayatollah Khamenei’s nuclear ambitions—and quest for absolute power...
September 22, 2011 | New Republic

How Ahmadinejad’s Regime Tried—and Failed—to Break One Protester's Spirit

As the world grants an audience to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today at the U.N. General Assembly in New York, we would be better served to look upon Samiye Tohidlou...
September 18, 2011 | Daily Beast

10 Questions for Ahmadinejad

Instead of letting Ahmadinejad spout out lies and vitriol, here's what the media should be asking...
September 14, 2011 | New Republic

Desperate Dictatorship

The slow crack-up of the Islamic Republic...
September 13, 2011 | Daily Beast

Iranian Clerics About to Fall?

Abbas Milani reports that the coup is coming to Syria. Assad will go. Iran’s clerics are about to go with him...
August 18, 2011 | National Interest

The Inside Story of America's Favorite Terrorist Group

A battle royal between the president and the supreme leader has engulfed Tehran. The result? Khamenei and his allies are methodically and ruthlessly establishing the planet’s most unabashed theocratic despotism...
July 28, 2011 | National Interest

Khamenei's Assault on Iran

...[W]ith the economic situation worsening inside the country, with new sanctions in the works in Washington and possibly even in the UN, and with the Syria despot—the regime’s sole ally in the region—on the ropes, it looks like it is going to be a long, hot summer in Tehran...
June 21, 2011 | National Interest

Ahmadinejad vs. The Ayatollah

Unless Ahmadinejad has a few still-unused aces up his sleeve, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that he and his allies clearly overestimated his power and popularity...
June 16, 2011 | New Republic

The Green Movement: Two Years Later, the Iranian Regime Continues to Brutalize Its Own People

With the second anniversary of Iran’s Green Movement earlier this week, it’s worth keeping track of the cruel litany of bloodshed and oppression that the regime continues to carry out against its own people...
April 28, 2011 | Foreign Policy

Is Ahmadinejad Islamic Enough for Iran?

Why the Iranian president's latest fight with the supreme leader could be his last...
March 30, 2011 | New Republic

Where Is The Outrage?

The world cannot forget about the brutality and kleptocracy thriving in Iran...
February 24, 2011 | New Republic

Green Day

Now is the time for Obama to throw his support behind Iran’s aspiring democrats...
January 30, 2011 | New Republic

A Note of Warning and Encouragement for Egyptians

From an Iranian writer who lived through the 1979 Revolution...
December 16, 2010 | New Republic

Truths in Tehran

What the Wikileaks cables really tell us about Iran...
June 22, 2010 | Wall Street Journal

Iran's Democratic Manifesto

The opposition leader has issued a clear call for democracy, the separation of mosque and state, and a gentler foreign policy...
June 7, 2010 | Foreign Policy

Iran's Hidden Cyberjihad

Taking a cue from the Soviets, the regime is creating a new Iron Curtain -- online...

April 30, 2010 | New Republic

Standing Eight

Has Ahmadinejad really crushed the Green Movement for good...

March 1, 2010 | Foreign Policy

The Good Ayatollah

Why my former cellmate's legacy will live on. . . .

January 8, 2010 | New Republic

The State of the Opposition is Strong

A response to the most infuriating op-ed of the new year. . . .

December 29, 2009 | Wall Street Journal

The Tipping Point in Iran

When millions of peaceful demonstrators took to the streets of big Iranian cities in June to protest what was widely assumed to be a stolen election, many in the West wondered whether the movement had the will and vision to sustain itself. . . .

December 8, 2009 | New Republic

The Great Satan Myth

Everything you know about U.S. involvement in Iran is wrong. . . .

November 5, 2009 | New Republic

‘With Them or With Us’

The regime’s commemoration of the Iranian hostage crisis didn’t quite go according to plan. . . .

August 15, 2009 | New Republic

An Evening in Support of the Bahais of Iran

This Tuesday, seven leaders of Iran's Bahai movement will go on trial on capital charges of espionage and threatening national security...

August 3, 2009 | New Republic

Internal Combustion

Ever since the June 12 election, the world has seen signs of serious rifts in the ranks of the Islamic regime in Iran...

July 17, 2009 | New Republic

Rafsanjani's Day of Reckoning

Tomorrow, Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani will deliver the Friday sermon in Tehran--the most important pulpit for policy and polemic in Iran...

July 15, 2009 | New Republic

Ahmadinejad II

It is becoming increasingly clear that the opposition protests that have rocked Iran over the past month have seriously undermined the credibility of the regime...

July 6, 2009 | New York Times

Let's Hear the Democracies

Notices of the demise of Iran’s Green Revolution are premature...

July 1, 2009 | Forbes

Tyranny Loses In Iran

A tyrannical triumvirate, one that is led by Ayatollah Khamenei and supported by the military might of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the street presence of gangs with ranks numbering at least a few million, seems hell-bent on forcing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the reluctant and still-resisting people of Iran...

July 15, 2009 | New Republic

The New Democrats

What we are witnessing right now in the streets of Tehran is, first and foremost, a political battle for the future of the Iranian state...

June 30, 2009 | Council on Foreign Relations

After the Iranian Uprising

In the aftermath of the June contested presidential election, Iranian society has been in a state of unexpected flux...

June 17, 2009 | New Republic

Clerical Error

The Iranian regime is currently facing one of the greatest challenges of its 30-year history...

June 15, 2009 | Forbes

Iran: A Coup In Three Steps

What happened in Iran last Friday was a fully planned but clumsily executed coup, intended to obliterate the last vestiges of democracy in the country...

December 28, 2007 | Washington Post

The Right Way to Engage Iran

As the year draws to a close, it's important to note that the U.S. debate on Iran is stalled, trapped between "regime changers" vs. "arms controllers," "hawks" vs. "doves," and "idealists" vs. "realists..."

March 26, 2007 | NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

China, Russia Call on Iran to Heed U.N. Nuclear Demands

Four days after Iran seized 15 British sailors and marines in the Persian Gulf and took them to Tehran for questioning, Iran showed no sign of backing down from its foreign minister's tough words yesterday...

February 23, 2007 | New York Times

What Scares Iran’s Mullahs?

Iran has once again defied the United Nations by proceeding with enrichment activities, the International Atomic Energy Agency reported yesterday...

February 6, 2007 | Christian Science Monitor

Iran's weakened hard-liners crave a US attack

From the rhetoric of President Bush to his dispatch of Patriot air-defense systems and a second carrier battle group to the Persian Gulf, there are growing signs that the Bush administration is showing its willingness to solve the Iranian nuclear crisis with a preemptive military attack...

September 29, 2006 | San Francisco Chronicle

How experts view a strike against Iran

Simple logic shows the fallacy of the military option...

July 30, 2006 | San Francisco Chronicle

Iran president missing badly: Ahmadinejad's crisis deepens as he endangers the petro-loot

The crisis in Lebanon has been a rude awakening for Iran's populist, fiery and forked-tongue president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad…

June 25, 2006 | Washington Post

Inside Iran's Fractured Regime

For weeks, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has insisted that there are no fissures in the Iranian regime…


February 23, 2012 | Advancing a Free Society

Syria and Iran: Kindred Souls?

In spite of their apparent differences, the Syrian and Iranian regimes are kindred souls...


September 30, 2013 | Stanford Daily

Q&A with Abbas Milani

Abbas Milani is the director of the Iranian Studies Program at Stanford, co-director of the Iran Dem...
September 26, 2013 | Forum with Michael Krasny (KQED)

Abbas Milani on Forum with Michael Krasny (1:58)

Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani delivered a message of tolerance to the United Nations this week. He said the United States and Iran can 'manage our difference' and that 'peace is within reach,' while calling the sanctions against his country over its nuclear program a form of violence. We discuss the possibilities for diplomacy with President Rouhani and the nuclear future of Iran.
June 16, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Abbas Milani on the John Batchelor Show

June 17, 2013 | C-Span2 Book TV

Abbas Milani on BookTV

April 11, 2013 | Foreign Policy Association

A Candid Discussion with Abbas Milani

December 14, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Abbas Milani on the John Batchelor Show (19:44)

April 13, 2012 | KQED

Facing Tougher Sanctions, Iran Enters Nuclear Talks

For the first time in more than a year, diplomats from Iran will meet with representatives from the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council — U.S., Britain, France, Russia and China — plus Germany...
February 27, 2012 | KUOW

Iranian–American Relations

The United Nations' nuclear agency reported Friday that Iran has recently increased its production of higher–grade enriched uranium...The relationship between Iran and the US is already tense — how will the United States navigate this latest development?...
February 26, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Abbas Milani on the John Batchelor Show

Guests: Charlie Pellegrino, author; Ken Crosswell, Science Now; Abbas Milani, Hoover; Reza Khalili, author...
November 21, 2011 | All Things Considered (NPR)

In Iran, Secret Plans To Abolish The Presidency?

The next presidential election in Iran is scheduled for 2013, but doubts are emerging about whether it will actually take place...
October 27, 2011 | Morning Edition (NPR)

Iran's Largest Banks Swindled Out Of $2.6 Billion

A bank fraud scandal of unprecedented proportions is shaking domestic politics in Iran...
October 11, 2011 | PBS NewsHour

Is Iran's Regime Capable of Attacks Inside U.S.?

Jeffrey Brown discusses the alleged scheme and the Iranian political landscape with The New York Times' Charles Savage and Stanford University's Abbas Milani...
July 31, 2011 | KGO-TV (San Francisco)

No verdict in final trial for American hikers in Iran

Two Berkeley graduate students being held in Iran on spy charges are going to have to wait a little longer to find out if they will be released...
July 25, 2011 | Stanford Report

'He threw in the towel': Stanford's Abbas Milani discusses Ahmadinejad's tumble

Iran's controversial president challenged the nation's "divinely anointed" leader, Ali Khamenei – and now Ahmadinejad must dance to the cleric's tune...
March 31, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Abbas Milani on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: John Loftus, author of "America's Nazi Secrets"; Abbas Milani, Hoover; Aaron Klein, 77 WABC...
March 3, 2011 | Charlie Rose

Abbas Milani on Charlie Rose

Abbas Milani of Stanford University on his book 'The Shah'...
February 27, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Abbas Milani on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Joseph Sternberg, WSJ Asia, and Gordon Chang, The Daily and, Abbas Milani, Hoover, in call for Obama to condemn Tehran regime strongly after the arrests of Moussavi and Kharroubi...
February 17, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Abbas Milani on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Eyal Zisser, Tel Aviv University; Malcolm Hoenlein, Conference of Presidents; Hillel Frisch, Bar-Ilan University; Bob Zimmerman,; Abbas Milani, Hoover...
February 15, 2011 | Forum with Michael Krasny (KQED)

Abbas Milani on 'The Shah'

Stanford University Iran expert Abbas Milani explains the roots of modern Iranian politics by illuminating the life of the last Shah...
February 15, 2011 | KGO-TV (San Francisco)

Internet used to promote, suppress Iran movement

The Internet is a powerful tool giving a voice to protesters in the streets, but it's also helping Iranian authorities silence dissent around the world...
February 15, 2011 | Morning Edition (NPR)

Iran's 1979 Revolution Is A Cautionary Tale

Steve Inskeep talks to Dr. Abbas Milani about how events in Egypt compare to the 1979 Revolution in Iran...
February 10, 2011 | Leonard Lopate Show (WNYC)

The Last Shah of Iran

Abbas Milani discusses Mohammad-Reza Shah Pahlevi, the last Shah of Iran, who shaped Iran’s modern age and the contemporary politics of the Middle East, and gives an account Iran’s turn from politically moderate monarchy to totalitarian Islamic republic...
February 5, 2011 | Weekend Edition (NPR)

Milani is on NPR to discuss Iran’s delight in Egypt's unrest

The leaders of Iran have been watching events unfold in Egypt with unconcealed delight. They have embraced the protesters, proclaiming an Islamic awakening is under way. But it's unclear whether Iran really stands to benefit from the uprising in Egypt...
February 1, 2011 | Pajamas Media

The Iranian Revolution Echoes in Egypt

[Abbas Milani's] new book The Shah was published a few weeks ago by Palgrave MacMillan. I sat down with him in his office at the Hoover Institution to talk about what’s happening right now in Egypt...
December 16, 2010 | John Batchelor Show

Abbas Milani on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Dan Henninger, WSJ; Michael Slackman, NYT; Abbas Milani, Hoover Institution...
December 1, 2010 | Stanford Report

The WikiLeaks documents could cause Iranian factions to create a united front, says Stanford's Abbas Milani

At the request of Stanford Report, [Milani] offered some insight into what effect the WikiLeaks revelations might have in Tehran. The classified cables from U.S. embassies laid bare Arab anger at the Iranian government, including suggestions for military action...
October 21, 2010 | John Batchelor Show

The John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Matt Kaminski, WSJ; Arif Rafiq,; Abbas Milani, Hoover Institution...
July 16, 2010 | All Things Considered (NPR)

Mystery Surrounds Iranians Turning Up In U.S.

Iranian Shahram Amiri has been welcomed back to Tehran, but questions continue to swirl around his case -- and those of others...
June 10, 2010 | Morning Edition (NPR)

U.N. Tries Another Round Of Sanctions Against Iran

The U.N. Security Council adopted new sanctions against Iran Wednesday. Stanford University analyst Abbas Milani talks to Steve Inskeep about the sanctions. The measures are yet another attempt to pressure Iran into abandoning its nuclear ambitions...

February 11, 2010 | ABC Online (Australia)

Iran's regime prepares to put down protests

Chanting on the rooftops of Tehran last night as opponents of the regime chanted: God Is Great and Death to the Dictator. . . .

January 4, 2010 | ABC 7 News (CA)

Stanford University added to Iran's 'enemies' list

Following last week's violent protests in Iran, the government there is striking out at its critics both in and outside of the country. . . .

November 11, 2009 | KQED

Americans Charged with Espionage

Three American graduates of UC Berkeley stand accused of espionage by Iranian authorities who have held them since July 31st. . . .

November 10, 2009 | KSRO 1350 (Sonoma)

Iran Charges American Hikers with Espionage

It has been 101 days since 3 American hikers were captured and imprisoned by Iranian guards after they reportedly wandered across an unmarked border while touring a remote mountainous region of Iraqi Kurdistan. . . .

September 30, 2009 | KSRO 1350 (Sonoma)

Iran: Saber-Rattling or Bigger Threat?

The Islamic Republic of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards wrapped up three days of war games with a big bang, test-firing the longest range missiles in its arsenal...

September 28, 2009 | ABC 7 News (CA)

Experts divided on how to handle Iran (Video)

Iran raised international tensions Monday by test firing missiles that have the capability of reaching U.S. military bases in the Middle East, as well as Israel and parts of Europe...

September 20, 2009 | KCBS (CA)

Fate of Imprisoned Hikers in Iran in Question

KCBS' Mark Seelig reports on this week's visit to the US by Iran's president and how it could affect the three Cal graduates...

Other Media

August 3, 2009 | News Hour

Trial of Protesters Proceeds as Ahmadinejad Endorsed in Iran

Political unrest continued in Iran Monday as the government pressed ahead with a mass trial of opposition supporters and President Ahmadinejad was endorsed by the supreme leader...

July 22, 2009 | Talk Radio News Service

Iran Is In Purgatory, Says Foreign Policy Expert

Abbas Milani, Co-Director of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution, believes that Iran is in the most serious political crisis it’s regime has ever faced...

July 21, 2009 | New Republic

Neda Agha-Sultan And Iran’s Opposition

This week marks the 40-day anniversary of Neda Agha-Sultan’s murder during an anti-regime protest in Iran on June 20...

June 30, 2009 | NPR

Iran Blames U.S., Others For Post Election Protests

A large police force continues to patrol key points in Tehran...

June 30, 2009 | Trend News Agency (Azebaijan)

Iranian theocracy is on threshold of change: program director at Stanford University

Trend News interview with the director of Iranian studies program at Stanford University, co-director of Iranian democracy development project, writer Abbas Milani...

June 28, 2009 | San Francisco Chronicle

Bay Area expert answers 3 questions on Iran

Abbas Milani was educated at Oakland Technical High School, UC Berkeley and the University of Hawaii before returning to Iran in 1975 to teach at the National University of Tehran...

June 23, 2009 | Talk Radio News Service

Khomeini’s Power Is Weakening, Says Expert

Ayatollah Khomeini will “not be able to regain the mantle of authority that he once had,” said Abbas Milani, Stanford University’s Director of Iranian Studies...

June 17, 2009 | CNN

Is Iran Collapsing?; America's High: The Case For and Against Pot

Tonight, breaking news and a big question: Is Iran collapsing?...

June 18, 2009 | News Hour

In Iran, Disputed Election Fuels Ongoing Political Unrest

With election protests continuing in Iran, the nation's 12-member Guardian Council has agreed to hear the grievances of Mir Hussein Mousavi and other candidates...

June 15, 2009 | Charlie Rose

Iranian Election Results

Iranian Election Results with Nicholas Burns, Flynt Leverett, Abbas Milani and Hooman Majd...

January 27, 2009 |


An Interesting conversation with Historian Abbas Milani conducted by Firouzeh Khatibi on the Methodology in Historic Research in Iranian Studies and particularly Historical Biographies with An Introduction to his latest Biographical work on the Shah of Iran...

January 22, 2009 | Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty

Heard In Iran: Bulldozer Destroys Graves of Political Prisoners

Noted Iran expert Abbas Milani of Stanford University tells Radio Farda that it would be a huge mistake for Iran's rulers to use Obama's call for engagement as an excuse to buy time for its nuclear program...

January 22, 2009 | AlJazeera English

I Knew The Shah

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi's biographer, Abbas Milani, shares his memories of a conflicted and controversial figure...

July 24, 2008 | Stanford Daily

In conversation with the "Iran expert"

President Bush recently authorized William Burns, the under secretary of state for political affairs, to attend a meeting in Geneva on Iran’s nuclear program...

June 20, 2008 | NPR

Level of Iranian Support for Ahmadinejad Uncertain

Looking ahead to Iran's presidential election in 2009, the big question is what President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's chances are of re-election...

February 15, 2008 | Minnesota Public Radio

A look inside Iran

In a conversation recorded at the Commownealth Club of California, historian Abbas Milani and journalist Barbara Slavin discuss the politics, history and culture of Iran and how they might inform the United States' relationship with the Middle Eastern country...

January 4, 2008 | Good Politics Radio

Iraq Redux: The Consequences of a U.S. Attack on Iran

Four years after its war of choice on Iraq, the White House is once again planning an attack on a Muslim nation...

November 17, 2007 | Boston Review

Pious Populist

Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who won a surprise election victory in 2005, has descended into infamy in the United States as a dangerous demagogue and an anti-Semite...

August 24, 2007 | News Hounds

Hannity’s Warmongering Foiled

A guest on last night’s (8/23/07) Hannity & Colmes put the kibosh on Sean Hannity’s armchair warmongering with Iran...

May 28, 2007 | NPR

Will U.S.-Iran Talks on Iraq Lead to Other Topics?

Abbas Milani, director of the Iranian Studies program at Stanford University, assesses Monday's bilateral talks in Baghdad between the United States and Iran, the first such talks in almost thirty years...

December 29, 2006 | NPR

Observers Debate Iran's Influence in Iraq

Iran's influence in Iraq has led some American observers to criticize the Iranian government as meddling in Iraqi affairs...

September 29, 2006 | San Francisco Chronicle

Should the U.S. attack Iran?

Insight Editor Jim Finefrock talks with Abbas Milani, director of Iranian studies at Stanford University, about the repercussions of a U.S. air assault on Iran's nuclear facilities...