Abbas Milani
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Abbas Milani

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Biography: 

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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Analysis and Commentary

Iran Deserves A Red Card For Its Human Rights Abuses

by Shirin Ebadi, Abbas Milani, Hamid Moghadamvia The Hill
Wednesday, October 7, 2020

The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has become increasingly paranoid, and thus even more of a pariah. It is concerned about signs of seething popular anger over the dire economic conditions of its people. The regime’s inept management of the coronavirus pandemic and sanctions imposed by the U.S. have compounded these tensions. Nothing captures the nature of the country’s economic woes as well as the fall in the value of the country’s currency.

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Iranian Maestro Blasts Artists Serving Politics

quoting Abbas Milanivia Radio Farda
Monday, September 21, 2020

Artists at the "service of politics" are "despicable and untalented" individuals longing for power, the master of classical Iranian music Mohammad Reza Shajarian recently claimed.

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How to Win by Losing

by Abbas Milanivia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020

The mullahs have their pride—and their reasons for pursuing nuclear status. America should seek careful, face-saving compromises.

InterviewsNational Security

Abbas Milani: The Economy Is The Iran Regime’s ‘Most Serious Problem’

interview with Abbas Milanivia Fox Business
Friday, January 17, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Abbas Milani discusses tensions between the US and Iran as well as civil unrest in Iran.

InterviewsNational Security

Iranian Expert Abbas Milani Believes Iranian Sanctions Are Working

interview with Abbas Milanivia Fox Business
Friday, January 17, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Abbas Milani notes that President Trump's sanctions are working and even more need to be enacted.

Interviews

Abbas Milani: Iran Is ‘Doubling Down’ On Past Failed Policies

interview with Abbas Milanivia Fox Business
Friday, January 17, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Abbas Milani says the current civil unrest in Iran is the most serious crisis the country has ever seen.

InterviewsNational Security

Abbas Milani: To Ease Tensions, The U.S. And Iran Must Soften Their Rhetoric

interview with Abbas Milanivia Futurity
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Abbas Milani discusses US relations with Iran following events that include Iran’s missile strike against Iraqi military bases that house US forces and the assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani.

InterviewsNational Security

Abbas Milani: What Happens Next In Iran? (2:00)

interview with Abbas Milanivia KCBS (CA)
Friday, January 10, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Abbas Milani discusses Iran's missile attack on Iraqi bases as well as whether this chapter in US-Iran hostilities is coming to a close.

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Abbas Milani On U.S.-Iran Tensions

interview with Abbas Milanivia C-SPAN
Thursday, January 9, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Abbas Milanis talked about the renewed tensions between the US and Iran.

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Abbas Milani On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Abbas Milanivia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Abbas Milani says the death of Soleimani, called “the head of the snake,” is complicated to Iranian people. Soleimani helped fight Iraq in 1988, and helped fight ISIS, so was seen both as a devil and as Napoleonic-mystic patriot.  

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