Abbas Milani
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Abbas Milani

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Abbas Milani is a research fellow and codirector of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution. In addition, Milani is the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies at Stanford University. His expertise is US/Iran relations and Iranian cultural, political, and security issues.

Before coming to Hoover, Milani was a professor of history and political science and chair of the department at Notre Dame de Namur University and a research fellow at the Institute of International Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, in addition to being an assistant professor in the faculty of law and political science at Tehran University and a member of the board of directors of Tehran University's Center for International Studies from 1979 to 1987. Milani was also a research fellow at the Iranian Center for Social Research from 1977 to 1978 and an assistant professor at the National University of Iran from 1975 to 1977.

His most recent publication is The Shah (2012). He is the author of The Myth of the Great Satan: A New Look at America's Relations with Iran (Hoover Institution Press, 2010); Eminent Persians: Men and Women Who Made Modern Iran, 1941–1979, 2 vols.( Syracuse University Press, November 2008); King of Shadows: Essays on Iran’s Encounter with Modernity, Persian text published in the United States (Ketab Corp., spring 2005); Lost Wisdom: Rethinking Persian Modernity in Iran (Mage, 2004); The Persian Sphinx: Amir Abbas Hoveyda and the Riddle of the Iranian Revolution (Mage, 2000); Modernity and Its Foes in Iran (Gardon Press, 1998); Modernity and Its Foes in Iran (Gardon Press, 1998); Tales of Two Cities: A Persian Memoir (Mage 1996); On Democracy and Socialism, a collection of articles coauthored with Faramarz Tabrizi Pars Press, 1987); and Malraux and the Tragic Vision (Agah Press, 1982). Milani has also translated numerous books and articles into Persian and English.

Milani's articles have been published in journals, magazines, and newspapers. He has been interviewed for national and international radio and television programs.

He is a member of the American Association of Political Science, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and the Association of Iranian Studies.

Milani received his BA in political science and economics from the University of California at Berkeley and his PhD in political science from the University of Hawaii.

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Tehran, Iran, skyline
Analysis and Commentary

Iran's New President Makes a Promising First Move

by Abbas Milanivia New Republic
Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Hassan Rouhani, a man of ferocious pragmatism and an unfailing ability to find and align himself

Tehran, Iran
Analysis and Commentary

Patience With All Things in Iran

by Abbas Milanivia New Republic
Monday, June 17, 2013
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Milani discusses Iran on the John Batchelor Show

by Abbas Milanivia John Batchelor Show
Sunday, June 16, 2013

Abbas Milani, a research fellow and codirector of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution, weighs in on the US relationship with Iran.

Analysis and Commentary

The Iran Election Is Proving Harder to Fix Than First Thought

by Abbas Milanivia New Republic
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

The Ayatollah's Point Man

by Abbas Milanivia ForeignPolicy.com
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Interviews

A Candid Discussion with Abbas Milani

by Abbas Milanivia Foreign Policy Association
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

The Caravan: Getting Iran Right This Time Around

by Abbas Milanivia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Featured Analysis

Getting Iran Right This Time Around

by Abbas Milanivia The Caravan
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Dear President Obama: Congratulations on winning a second term. Iran, as you have often said, will present a major challenge to your foreign policy in the coming months.

Analysis and Commentary

Syria and Iran: Kindred Souls?

by Abbas Milanivia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, February 23, 2012

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

Featured Analysis

Syria and Iran: Kindred Souls?

by Abbas Milanivia The Caravan
Thursday, February 23, 2012

Stakes in Syria are high.

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