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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A Tour of Egypt's Half-Finished Revolution

by Abbas Milanivia New Republic
Friday, February 17, 2012

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...

Putin and Medvedev

Despots Drop the Make-Believe

by Abbas Milanivia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 23, 2012

Like Vladimir Putin, Ayatollah Khamenei is tired of playing at democracy. By Abbas Milani.

kissing hand

Reading Machiavelli in Tehran

by Abbas Milanivia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Iran’s two top leaders scheme. By Abbas Milani.

Is Khamenei the New Putin?

by Abbas Milanivia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

In Shiism, there is a strange concept called “Mohallel.” If a man divorces his wife in earnest—“thrice-divorced” in the parlance of Shiite Sharia—he can’t remarry her unless she has married and divorced another man.

Analysis and Commentary

Is Khamenei the New Putin?

by Abbas Milanivia Daily Beast
Monday, September 26, 2011

Little stands in the way of Ayatollah Khamenei’s nuclear ambitions—and quest for absolute power...

How Ahmadinejad’s Regime Tried–and Failed–to Break One Protestor’s Spirit

by Abbas Milanivia Advancing a Free Society
Friday, September 23, 2011

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. Samiye is a child of the Iranian revolution, born in 1979, when the current regime came to power.

Analysis and Commentary

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

by Abbas Milanivia New Republic
Thursday, September 22, 2011

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...

10 Questions for Ahmadinejad

by Abbas Milanivia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Once again September is upon us and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is about to make his yearly pilgrimage to the mecca of international media for the U.N. General Assembly.

Analysis and Commentary

10 Questions for Ahmadinejad

by Abbas Milanivia Daily Beast
Sunday, September 18, 2011

Instead of letting Ahmadinejad spout out lies and vitriol, here's what the media should be asking...

Analysis and Commentary

Desperate Dictatorship

by Abbas Milanivia New Republic
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The slow crack-up of the Islamic Republic...

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