Abbas Milani
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Abbas Milani

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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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Profile of Abbas Milani

by Abbas Milanivia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A few days after Iran's disputed 2009 presidential election, a prominent Iranian poet fired off a desperate email to Stanford professor Abbas Milani.

The Good Ayatollah

by Abbas Milanivia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 2, 2010

The Islamic Revolution first raised up, then cast down, Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri. Homage to an uncorrupted man. By Abbas Milani.

Analysis and Commentary

Iran's Democratic Manifesto

by Abbas Milanivia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The opposition leader has issued a clear call for democracy, the separation of mosque and state, and a gentler foreign policy...

Iran’s Democratic Manifesto

by Abbas Milanivia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Ten days before the June 12 anniversary of last year's contested presidential election, Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi called for his supporters to protest in the streets as they had one year before. Then he rescinded his own message.

Analysis and Commentary

Iran's Hidden Cyberjihad

by Abbas Milanivia Foreign Policy
Monday, June 7, 2010

Taking a cue from the Soviets, the regime is creating a new Iron Curtain -- online...

Analysis and Commentary

Standing Eight

by Abbas Milanivia New Republic
Friday, April 30, 2010

Has Ahmadinejad really crushed the Green Movement for good...

Standing Eight

by Abbas Milanivia Advancing a Free Society
Friday, April 30, 2010

Has Ahmadinejad really crushed the Green Movement for good?

The “Great Satan” Begs to Differ

by Abbas Milanivia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The true history of U.S.-Iran relations. By Abbas Milani.

The “Great Satan” Begs to Differ

by Abbas Milanivia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, April 15, 2010

The true history of U.S.-Iran relations

Analysis and Commentary

The Good Ayatollah

by Abbas Milanivia Foreign Policy
Monday, March 1, 2010

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