Abbas Milani is Co-Director of the Iran Democracy Project and author of The Shah. He will reveal the complex and sweeping road that has brought the U.S. and Iran to where they are today.
The life of Mohammad-Reza Shah Pahlevi, the last Shah of Iran, continues to resonate today. Milani looks at the monarch who shaped Iran’s modern age and with it the contemporary politics of the Middle East.
Dr. Jaleh Daie has extensive executive experience in private and public institutions and academia. She is managing partner at Aurora Equity, a Palo Alto-based investment company financing technology start ups.
She is also Treasurer of the U.S. Space Foundation and a member of the Band of Angels. Most recently, she was director of science and senior advisor to the president at the Packard Foundation where she provided executive and technical direction for a $120 million annual budget and managed a diversified portfolio of science and technology.
Daie has been both faculty and administrator at two major universities. While at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Daie took on special assignments in Washington D.C. and served as science liaison to the President.
Abbas Milani is a research fellow and co-director of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution. In addition, Dr. Milani is Director of the Iranian Studies Program at Stanford University and a visiting professor in the department of political science.
His expertise is U.S.-Iran relations, Iranian cultural, political, and security issues. 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.
Milani was 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.
He was 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.
Scholar Abbas Milani believes Iran is on its way to nuclear proliferation, which he fears will mark the end of the Non-Proliferation Treaty and the beginning of an arms race in the Middle East. "Many of the radicals are very influential in these countries," says Milani. "If one of these radical groups get its hands on one of these weapons, they will detonate it."
Middle East scholar Abbas Milani discusses a computer virus in Iran's nuclear system that was allegedly created by Israeli and American engineers. "Iran denies that it has been hit," says Milani. The virus may have set Iran's nuclear program back until 2015, creating more time for diplomacy and sanctions to influence its behavior.