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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Iranian Clerics About to Fall?

by Abbas Milanivia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Iran’s clerics are afraid.  Very very afraid.  With Syria in shambles, they rightly wonder if their alliance with Bashar al-Assad and his cronies will he

Analysis and Commentary

Iranian Clerics About to Fall?

by Abbas Milanivia Daily Beast
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Abbas Milani reports that the coup is coming to Syria. Assad will go. Iran’s clerics are about to go with him...

The Inside Story of America’s Favorite Terrorist Group

by Abbas Milanivia Advancing a Free Society
Friday, August 19, 2011

Ever since the fall of Saddam Hussein, the Iranian MEK (short for Mujahedeen-e Khalge) has been a thorny spoil of war for the United States.

Analysis and Commentary

The Inside Story of America's Favorite Terrorist Group

by Abbas Milanivia National Interest
Thursday, August 18, 2011

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...

Khamenei’s Assault on Iran

by Abbas Milanivia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, August 2, 2011

In Tehran these days, the heat is on. It has become something of a customary summer spectacle that with the rise in temperature and the onset of summer regime thugs begin to more rigorously enforce compulsory laws on women’s cover.

Analysis and Commentary

Khamenei's Assault on Iran

by Abbas Milanivia National Interest
Thursday, July 28, 2011

...[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...

A 1953 photo shows Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, the ruler of Iran

Is Started with the Shah

by Abbas Milani, Charlie Rosevia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Hoover fellow Abbas Milani on the rebellions in the Muslim world—and the monarch who set them off. An interview with Charlie Rose.

Ahmadinejad vs. The Ayatollah

by Abbas Milanivia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Ahmadinejad and his oligarch cronies have been having a rough couple of months. The ayatollah is out for blood, and those in “elected” office are under attack.

Analysis and Commentary

Ahmadinejad vs. The Ayatollah

by Abbas Milanivia National Interest
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

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...

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