Abbas Milani

Abbas Milani

Research Fellow

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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Voices against the Mullahs

by Abbas Milanivia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

Maybe democracy never had a chance in the Iranian presidential elections, but the people of Iran still do. By Abbas Milani.

Analysis and Commentary

An Evening in Support of the Bahais of Iran

by Abbas Milanivia New Republic
Saturday, August 15, 2009

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

Analysis and Commentary

Internal Combustion

by Abbas Milanivia New Republic
Monday, August 3, 2009

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

In the News

Neda Agha-Sultan And Iran’s Opposition

by Abbas Milanivia New Republic
Tuesday, July 21, 2009

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

Analysis and Commentary

Rafsanjani's Day of Reckoning

by Abbas Milanivia New Republic
Friday, July 17, 2009

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

Analysis and Commentary

Ahmadinejad II

by Abbas Milanivia New Republic
Wednesday, July 15, 2009

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...

Analysis and Commentary

The New Democrats

by Abbas Milanivia New Republic
Wednesday, July 15, 2009

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...

Analysis and Commentary

Let's Hear the Democracies

by Larry Diamond, Abbas Milanivia New York Times
Monday, July 6, 2009

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

Analysis and Commentary

Tyranny Loses In Iran

by Abbas Milanivia Forbes
Wednesday, July 1, 2009

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...

Analysis and Commentary

After the Iranian Uprising

by Abbas Milanivia Council on Foreign Relations
Tuesday, June 30, 2009

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