Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and founder of the AHA Foundation. She served as a member of the Dutch Parliament from 2003 to 2006.
She was born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1969. As a young child, she was subjected to female genital mutilation. As she grew up...
Political Islam as Ideology and Movement and How to Contain It.
His reading list focuses on how liberty is won, lost, and neglected. By Jonathan Rauch.
THE most exciting and under-reported news of the past few weeks in Iran has been that the emerging challenger to the increasingly frantic and isolated "supreme leader" Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani...
For years, Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri criticized Iran’s supreme leader and argued that the country was not the Islamic democracy it claimed to be, but his words seemed to fall on deaf ears. . . .
Abbas Milani, a research fellow and codirector of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution and the Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies at Stanford University, compares the upheaval in Egypt to the Iranian revolution of 31 years ago rather than to Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution that toppled Ben Ali less than 31 days ago. Milani explains that Iran and Egypt are very similar and that what happens in both places has shaped what happens in the Middle East for a hundred years. Milani notes that Egypt is the most important center of Sunni learning and that Iran is the most important center of Shia learning. The two countries, he says, have been very much in competition with each other for hegemony over the Islamic world.
Maybe democracy never had a chance in the Iranian presidential elections, but the people of Iran still do. By Abbas Milani.
The Islamic Revolution first raised up, then cast down, Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri. Homage to an uncorrupted man. By Abbas Milani.
Ousting an autocrat is only a start. The rules of power become just as important as who holds it. By Larry Diamond.
Drought may not be destiny, but a critical ingredient for democratic societies does seem literally to fall from the skies. By Stephen H. Haber and Victor Menaldo.
Pakistan is fighting for its life. The nation needs to figure out what it is and what it stands for. By Tunku Varadarajan.
Iran’s two top leaders scheme. By Abbas Milani.
Putting numbers to the news, Hoover fellow Bruce Bueno de Mesquita lays his bets on issues such as climate change and Middle East peace.
A despot’s health is a serious matter. By Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith.
Forgive Vice President Joe Biden the audacity of claiming last month on CNN's "Larry King Live" that Iraq is destined to be "one of the great achievements of this administration." . . .
When millions of peaceful demonstrators took to the streets of big Iranian cities in June to protest what was widely assumed to be a stolen election, many in the West wondered whether the movement had the will and vision to sustain itself. . . .
The Arab revolts show why some autocrats hang on forever while others get swept away. By Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith.