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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Green Day

by Abbas Milanivia Advancing a Free Society
Friday, February 25, 2011

Regimes like the Islamic Republic of Iran, which base their survival on fear and intimidation, constantly face the danger of that elusive moment when suddenly the once intimidated masses lose their fear.

Analysis and Commentary

Green Day

by Abbas Milanivia New Republic
Thursday, February 24, 2011

Now is the time for Obama to throw his support behind Iran’s aspiring democrats...

The Shah, by Hoover fellow Abbas Milani

The Shah

by Abbas Milanivia Palgrave Macmillan
Monday, February 14, 2011

In this biography, Milani presents a deeply researched portrait of Mohammad Reza, offering readers a unique account of the shah's private life, sovereignty, and downfall.

A Note of Warning and Encouragement for Egyptians

by Abbas Milanivia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, February 1, 2011

fter days of unrest, after declaring martial law in some of the country’s main cities, the authoritarian leader gave a much anticipated television speech. His tone was repentant. He promised change and reform.

Analysis and Commentary

A Note of Warning and Encouragement for Egyptians

by Abbas Milanivia New Republic
Sunday, January 30, 2011

From an Iranian writer who lived through the 1979 Revolution...

Analysis and Commentary

Truths in Tehran

by Abbas Milanivia New Republic
Thursday, December 16, 2010

What the Wikileaks cables really tell us about Iran...

Truths in Tehran

by Abbas Milanivia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, December 16, 2010

Most of the talk about Iran and the Wikileaks documents has centered around the revelation—hardly a surprise—that Arab states are wary of Iran’s nuclear program.

The WikiLeaks documents could cause Iranian factions to create a united front

by Abbas Milanivia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, December 1, 2010

(Q&A with Abbas Milani)

Abbas Milani, the director of Iranian Studies at Stanford and co-director of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution, is an expert on the Iranian government.

Neither Crushed nor Co-opted

by Abbas Milanivia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The streets of Tehran may be quiet, but reformers continue to struggle
for a pluralist, democratic future.

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The Myth of the Great Satan: A New Look at America's Relations with Iran

by Abbas Milanivia Books by Hoover Fellows
Tuesday, July 13, 2010

This critical review of the history of America’s relations with Iran shows how little of the two countries’ long and complicated relationship is reflected in the foundational axioms of the “Great Satan” myth. The author explains why meaningful and equitable relations can begin only after the two nations have arrived at a common, critical, and accurate reading of the past.

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