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.
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.
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.