Abbas Milani

"The Myth of the Great Satan: A New Look at America's Relations with Iran"

On Wednesday, September 29, Research Fellow Abbas Milani hosted a forum with Stanford University students to discuss his new book, The Myth of the Great Satan: A New Look at America's Relations with Iran.


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Outstanding diplomatic account

by benross on

The shortcoming is coming from the political front. In fairness, this is not the field he has any claim to it. But the shortcoming does show in his answer to the first question.

Regardless whatever we might feel, the Obama policy toward Iran was spotless. Obama could not do more about the phenomenon vaguely called 'the movement', because it did not have an understanding where it was going, particularly because it did not have any understanding where it was coming from. Suffice to say, look at our understanding of our modern history now -or at least our way of looking at it- and compare it to what was predominant at the time of uprising.

Obama was-and is- on the right track... as we now are. 

Immortal Guard

Reactionary nature of US foreign policy!

by Immortal Guard on

He is right about the raectionary nature of US foreign policy and the fact they lack a strategic vision for the Middle-East! In my view it is because of the schizophrenic nature of US political establishment. It has a Dr. Jackyll and Mr. Hyde nature to it!

Mardom Mazloom

Very interesting talk, as always

by Mardom Mazloom on

Just some questions,


Dr. Milani says that sanctions have  an negative impact on the regime (just look how they are  juming up and down) but this will not lead to a step back - from its uraninum enrichment objectives (which I agree), that a military action will have a huge polticial consequences and that is useless unless it persists in time (which is also true). 


So what's the solution? How can we expect a regime change? Hasn't Dr. Milani underminded people's role in this piece?

Dirty Angel

Sometimes it's best that Iran's history

by Dirty Angel on

is written by non-Iranians.

"Ceci n'est pas a very dirty post"

Darius Kadivar

FYI/How Would You Evaluate Iran's Democracy Index in 1953 ?

by Darius Kadivar on


Can't wait to buy the

by vildemose on

Can't wait to buy the book...Excellent, unbiased, factually-based instead of the usual radical Islamocommies bullcrap.



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by vildemose on


More bull crap from Milani

by seamorgh on

What has this guy been smoking lately? Yeah, Mossadeq was overthrown by an popular uprising and not the CIA!!! He needs to start reading more documents dated after the 1990s. It seems like the most recent report this guy has read on Iran related issues was something that was published in early 1960s.


The US listening posts

by mahmoudg on

A very intelligent man, whom i worked for at Boeing, was working on these listening posts in Iran and had some interesting stories.  Up to that point I did not know how dependent US was on these listening posts and the amount of sophisticated instrumentations they had  in it.  Heif

Farhad Sepahbody

The Myth of the Great Satan

by Farhad Sepahbody on

Dr. Abbas Milani exposé at Hoover Institute is an excellent account on how Washington and the West deserted the Shah back in 1978 and now live to deeply regret it.
By the way, about the miniature decorating the cover of the book "The Myth of the Great Satan" showing Churchill riding a white horse let me add that it was given to Churchill at the Tehran Conference during World War II. Similar miniatures were given to President Roosevelt and Marshall Stalin on which they were riding the white horse.
Good diplomacy...during times of crisis.


Great Presentation

by IranFirst on

Great presentation of recent US-Iran relation history,and fact-based analysis by Dr. Milani

Darius Kadivar

En Effet Monsieur Milani !

by Darius Kadivar on