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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Two Years Later, the Iranian Regime Continues to Brutalize Its Own People

by Abbas Milanivia Advancing a Free Society
Friday, June 17, 2011

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.

Analysis and Commentary

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

by Abbas Milanivia New Republic
Thursday, June 16, 2011

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...

Is Ahmadinejad Islamic Enough for Iran?

by Abbas Milanivia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, May 2, 2011

While most of the Middle East region has been risking life and limb for the sake of a democratic future, in Iran, different factions in the regime have been busy debating the virtues of the ancient Persian King Cyrus the Great.

Analysis and Commentary

Is Ahmadinejad Islamic Enough for Iran?

by Abbas Milanivia Foreign Policy
Thursday, April 28, 2011

Why the Iranian president's latest fight with the supreme leader could be his last...

Where Is The Outrage?

by Abbas Milanivia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, March 31, 2011

For 42 years, the world did business with Muammar Qaddafi, even as it knew about the brutality he was inflicting on his own people. Too often, there was no outrage in the West about Qaddafi’s crimes.

Analysis and Commentary

Where Is The Outrage?

by Abbas Milanivia New Republic
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The world cannot forget about the brutality and kleptocracy thriving in Iran...

Green Day

by Abbas Milanivia Advancing a Free Society
Friday, February 25, 2011

Regimes like the Islamic Republic of Iran, which base their survival on fear and intimidation, constantly face the danger of that elusive moment when suddenly the once intimidated masses lose their fear.

Analysis and Commentary

Green Day

by Abbas Milanivia New Republic
Thursday, February 24, 2011

Now is the time for Obama to throw his support behind Iran’s aspiring democrats...

The Shah, by Hoover fellow Abbas Milani

The Shah

by Abbas Milanivia Palgrave Macmillan
Monday, February 14, 2011

In this biography, Milani presents a deeply researched portrait of Mohammad Reza, offering readers a unique account of the shah's private life, sovereignty, and downfall.

A Note of Warning and Encouragement for Egyptians

by Abbas Milanivia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, February 1, 2011

fter days of unrest, after declaring martial law in some of the country’s main cities, the authoritarian leader gave a much anticipated television speech. His tone was repentant. He promised change and reform.

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