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Abbas Milani
Abbas Milani

Abbas Milani

Iranian Studies Program Director, Stanford University

Abbas Milani is a widely published and cited scholar with expertise in U.S.-Iran relations and Iranian cultural, political, and security issues. He is the author of several books, including “The Myth of the Great Satan: A New Look at America's Relations with Iran.” Milani is a research fellow and co-director of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution.  

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“A January, 10, 2020 panel discussion on escalating U.S.-Iran tensions featuring Lisa Blaydes, Colin Kahl, Brett McGurk and Abbas Milani, moderated by Michael McFaul.” 

“Stanford University’s Iranian Studies Director Abbas Milani talks about the renewed tensions between the U.S. and Iran.”

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

“Now that President Trump has made good on a major campaign promise – pulling the U.S. out of the JCPOA Iran nuclear deal – the debate has begun whether it was the right move. Abbas Milani, a Hoover research fellow and the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies at Stanford University, offers his opinion and explains how the change affects both the politics of Iran and the Middle East region.”

Thursday, May 10, 2018

“During his presidency, Trump’s strategy of “maximum pressure” and “restoring deterrence” have weakened America’s position on every count of its stated policy objectives in the region, while simultaneously, at least in the short run, strengthening the most conservative elements within the Iranian regime. Compared to three years ago: we have no nuclear agreement with Iran, let alone a more comprehensive one; we have enabled greater Iranian influence in the region, especially in Syria and Iraq, not less; and we have seen the Islamic Republic’s theocratic order become more repressive and entrenched, not more open or democratic.”

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

“Milani is no fan of maximum pressure. He says it undermines Iran’s democracy movement and strengthens Iran’s ties with Russia and China.”

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

“Democracy will come to Iran when the people of Iran have their reckoning with their ruthless and incompetent rulers. Tragically, the new Trump strategy delays that reckoning.”

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

“US President Donald Trump’s decision to pursue a more aggressive Iran policy underscores his administration’s misunderstanding of the Iranian regime. Shelving the 2015 nuclear deal would not only heighten regional tensions; it would also embolden the very hardliners that the US has been seeking to contain.”

Friday, October 13, 2017

“Unless both sides decide to de-escalate, the United States and Iran are moving toward a dangerous and destructive war that will further dim the waning prospects for a working agreement that will convince Iran it is not in its interest to try to develop a nuclear bomb and will also lessen tensions that have reached a fever pitch with the assassination of Soleimani.”

Sunday, January 5, 2020

“So far, with the exception of President Trump’s announcement of his willingness to negotiate unconditionally with Iran, his administration often seems to be following a policy of not just maximum pressure but maximum humiliation. The policy is sure to fail. Maximum pressure applied unwisely can beget maximum disaster.”


Friday, July 19, 2019