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Abbas Milani

Abbas Milani

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Abbas Milani is Director of the Iranian Studies Program at Stanford University and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

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  1. Iran’s Succession Crisis Is a Legitimacy Crisis
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    Iran’s Succession Crisis Is a Legitimacy Crisis

    May 27, 2024 Abbas Milani explains why few Iranians within or outside the country truly mourn the death of President Ebrahim Raisi.

  2. The End of the Islamic Republic
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    The End of the Islamic Republic

    Jun 22, 2021 Abbas Milani sees in Iran's recent presidential election an outcome that is at once farcical and hugely consequential.

  3. The Post-Suleimani View from Iran
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    The Post-Suleimani View from Iran

    Jan 4, 2020 Abbas Milani examines the Islamic Republic's strategic thinking following the assassination of its top general.

  4. Trump Is Strengthening Iran’s Radicals
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    Trump Is Strengthening Iran’s Radicals

    Oct 13, 2017 Abbas Milani says the US president is making a historic mistake by returning to a confrontational strategy.

  5. The Rouhani Factor
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    The Rouhani Factor

    May 22, 2017 Abbas Milani explains how the Iranian president's reformist forces have gained the upper hand.

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    What Climate-Vulnerable Developing Countries Need Right Now

    Mia Amor Mottley & Wale Edun propose a blueprint to unlock financing and kickstart investment in adaptation and clean energy.
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    Two Cheers for Identity Politics

    James Livingston argues that critics of the contemporary focus on issues of race, gender, and sexuality are ignoring history.
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    What the Next EU Leadership Must Do

    Carl Bildt offers a broad outline of the bloc's biggest challenges following this month's European Parliament election.
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    China Must Not Choose the Next Dalai Lama

    Brahma Chellaney urges the US and India to work together to protect the more than 600-year-old institution.
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    The New EU Leadership Must Unite on China

    Anders Fogh Rasmussen urges whoever takes over the bloc's foreign-policy portfolio to do more to deter Chinese aggression.
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    The Evolution of Empire

    John Andrews

    The history of Britain's conquest of India and humiliation of China shows that empire is very much still with us today. Though Americans tend to bristle at the idea, their own military, technological, and commercial power is as imperial and pervasive as Britain’s territorial dominance ever was.

    traces the enduring role of imperial power from the eighteenth century to the present.
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    If Democracy Isn’t Pro-Worker, It Will Die

    Daron Acemoglu argues that populists are making inroads because industrialized economies aren't delivering what was promised.
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    The Financial Risks of France’s Snap Election

    Brigitte Granville thinks political stalemate is a greater threat to European stability than a far-right government.
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    A Far-Right Resurgence in Europe?

    Many observers breathed a sigh of relief at the results of the European Parliament elections, because the widely predicted far-right surge did not dislodge traditional conservatives. But even if far-right forces do not dominate the next European Parliament, they have gained ground, particularly in France and Germany. Can mainstream politicians and parties reverse this trend?

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