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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Hoover fellow Abbas Milani on ISIS, Iran, and the future of the Middle East

by Abbas Milanivia Fellow Talks
Friday, May 8, 2015

ISIS, Iran, and the future of the Middle East.

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Analysis and Commentary

Iran's Incremental Revolution

by Abbas Milanivia Atlantic
Friday, April 10, 2015

Amid heated discussion concerning the intentions of Iran’s leaders—Are they capable of real compromise over the country’s nuclear program? Can they be trusted to honor any eventual deal?

Will Iran and Israel Meet in the Middle?

by Abbas Milani, Israel Waismel-Manorvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

In Iran, hints of a secular thaw. In Israel, the increasing prominence of religious parties. Two nations, antagonistic—and unsettled.

Best Frenemies?

by Abbas Milanivia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

As Iraq wobbles, Iran might almost look like a friend. It isn’t.

US-Iran Relations
Analysis and Commentary

Don't Expect Iran and the U.S. to Solve the Iraq Crisis Together

by Abbas Milanivia New Republic
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

When it comes to the mess in Iraq, there is plenty of blame to go around in Tehran, Washington, and most of all Baghdad-blame for strategic blunders and tactical bulling. 

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Special: the John Batchelor Show from the Hoover retreat

by Peter Berkowitz, Abbas Milani, Kori Schake, Kiron K. Skinnervia John Batchelor Show
Friday, May 9, 2014

As part of the annual Hoover Spring Retreat, John Batchelor of the John Batchelor Show and Mary Kissell of the Wall Street Journal did a special live taping of the John Batchelor Show featuring Hoover senior fellow Peter Berkowitz and Hoover research fellows Abbas Milani, Kori Schake, and Kiron Skinner. The topic of the discussion was President Obama’s Biggest Foreign Policy Challenges.

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Analysis and Commentary

Book Review: Thomas Jefferson Was a Muslim

by Abbas Milanivia New Republic
Monday, April 28, 2014
Analysis and Commentary

Are Iran and Israel Trading Places?

by Abbas Milani, Israel Waismel-Manorvia New York Times
Friday, April 11, 2014

STANFORD, Calif. — Although the Israeli and Iranian governments have been virtually at war with each other for decades, the two countries have much in common.

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Analysis and Commentary

Iran's New President Makes a Promising First Move

by Abbas Milanivia New Republic
Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Hassan Rouhani, a man of ferocious pragmatism and an unfailing ability to find and align himself

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Analysis and Commentary

Patience With All Things in Iran

by Abbas Milanivia New Republic
Monday, June 17, 2013