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Iran Democracy Project Overview

The Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution was created to understand the process and prospects for democracy in Iran and the rest of the Middle East. The central goal is to help the West understand the complexities of the Muslim world, and to map out possible trajectories for transitions to democracy and free markets in the Middle East, beginning with Iran. The project also seeks to identify, analyze, and offer policy options on the existing obstacles to democratic transition and ways to remove them and to ensure that policy makers in Washington receive advice that is non-partisan and reliable. Read more about IDP.

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November 6, 2009

Hoover research fellow Abbas Milani in Symposium on Iran

Abbas Milani is a research fellow and codirector of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution

Hoover research fellow Abbas Milani joined other top Iran experts from across the United States in a symposium to assess Iran’s position domestically and internationally.

December 28, 2007 | Washington Post (registration required)

The Right Way to Engage Iran

As the year draws to a close, it's important to note that the U.S. debate on Iran is stalled, trapped between "regime changers" vs. "arms controllers," "hawks" vs. "doves," and "idealists" vs. "realists..."

November 29, 2007

Hoover Institution Hosted Conference on the “Prospects for Democracy in Iran: Assessing the Regime and the Opposition”

As an emerging power in Middle East politics, Iran has been at the forefront of the news, especially in regard to its nuclear program, in recent months. The question of how the United States should deal with Iran is frequently debated, but remains unanswered. Hoover research fellow Abbas Milani notes that the United States has long lacked a viable and coherent policy toward Iran.

November 17, 2007 | Boston Review

Pious Populist

Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who won a surprise election victory in 2005, has descended into infamy in the United States as a dangerous demagogue and an anti-Semite...