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Abbas Milani
Journal Articles

Iran’s 2017 Election: The Opposition Inches Forward

Abbas Milani
2017

Abbas Milani argues how the 19 May 2017 presidential election offers a window into the painful predicament of a democracy-minded society

—demographically young, globally inclined, and social-media savvy—subordinated to an authoritarian polity. Read the article here.

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Books

Transitions to Democracy: A Comparative Perspective

Kathryn Stoner, Michael A. McFaul, Beatriz Magaloni, Abbas Milani, Gregory Domber, Ray Jennings
The Johns Hopkins University Press , 2013

As demonstrated by current events in Tunisia and Egypt, oppressive regimes are rarely immune to their citizens’ desire for democratic government. Of course, desire is always tempered by reality; therefore how democratic demands are made manifest is a critical source of study for both political scientists and foreign policy makers. What issues and consequences surround the fall of a government, what type of regime replaces it, and to what extent are these efforts successful?

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Working Papers

Transition to Democracy in Iran: Observations on International Influences on Democratization in Iran

Abbas Milani
CDDRL Working Papers , 2009

The forces that attempted to create democracy in Iran a hundred years ago are have only grown and become more experienced in the language and logic of democracy. The hitherto unrealized dream of democracy lives on. The abducted revolution of 1979 has only delayed the quest for democracy, but not destroyed it. International forces, acting with prudence and patience can be a crucial ally of Iranian democrats in what has so far seemed like a Sisyphean struggle. 

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Commentary

The Right Way to Engage Iran

Michael McFaul, Abbas Milani
The Washington Post , 2007
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Journal Articles

Third Way, A: normalizing relations will help both sides

Michael McFaul, Abbas Milani
Boston Review , 2007

Recent developments in Iran have convinced advocates of both softer arms-control approaches and more hard-line regime-change strategies that their analyses are correct and their policy prescriptions are working. The arms-controllers see a Tehran more willing to negotiate; the regime-changers see increasing repression. Though evidence for both claims can be marshaled, neither offers balanced insight into Iranian behavior or a sensible strategy for breaking the decades-long impasse in U.S.-Iranian relations.

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Journal Articles

Iran's weakened hard-liners crave a US attack

Michael A. McFaul, Abbas Milani, Larry Diamond
Christian Science Monitor , 2007

Bombing Iran will exacerbate, not resolve problems, Michael McFaul, Larry Diamond and Abbas Milani demonstrate in a new landmark article. "Rather than throw the reactionaries in Tehran a political lifeline in the form of war, the United States should pursue a more subtle approach: contain Iranian agents in the region, but offer to negotiate unconditionally with Iran on all the outstanding issues.

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Journal Articles

A Win-Win U.S. Strategy for Dealing with Iran

Michael McFaul, Larry Diamond, Abbas Milani
The Washington Quarterly , 2006

In an article written for the current issue of the Washington Quarterly by Larry Diamond, Michael McFaull and Abbas Milani, suggests that the U.S.

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Journal Articles

How Iran Can Yet Be Tamed

Michael A. McFaul, Abbas Milani
Hoover Digest , 2006

Behind the scenes in Tehran, a fierce power struggle is now taking place. The West can exploit it.

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Journal Articles

Beyond Incrementalism: A New U.S. Strategy for Dealing with Iran

Michael A. McFaul, Abbas Milani, Larry Diamond
Hoover Institution Press , 2005

In the coming years, few if any countries will more preoccupy the foreign policy attention of the United States than Iran. The United States has long lacked a viable and coherent policy toward Iran. Perhaps for the first time since the fall of the Shah's regime in 1979, the United States seems determined to try to forge one. The United States must move swiftly to chart a bold, new course that addresses all three of America's principal national interests with Iran. Our policy should seek to halt the development of an Iranian nuclear bomb, to end the regime's support of

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