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2018-2019 Annual Report

Take a look back at highlights from the last academic year. Thirty events drew a total audience of more than 3,500. Co-sponsored events reached across campus to include 10 different programs, centers, and student groups. Read about recent faculty publications; see where students traveled for Iran-related research; and explore highlights from the Bita Prize for Persian Arts, the Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts, and the Stanford Iran 2040 Project, among others. 

New Book: "A Window Into Modern Iran: The Ardeshir Zahedi Papers at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives-A Selection"

This month Hoover Library & Archives teamed with Hoover Press to publish A Window into Modern Iran: The Ardeshir Zahedi Papers at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives, which showcases the inner workings of Iranian politics through the meticulously preserved documents and photographs in the 

Iran's Large and Growing Financial Gap

By Dr. Pooya Azadi and Matin Mirramezani

The Iranian economy is experiencing a severe bout of instability which, in terms of scope and depth, has no historical precedence since the end of the Iran-Iraq war three decades ago. Iran’s current economic crisis can be attributed to decades of poor governance whose ramifications are now exacerbated by pressure from new sanctions unilaterally imposed by the U.S.

Washington Post: Iran must free Farhad Meysami, a nonviolent fighter for human rights

Washington Post article by Abbas Milani, Larry Diamond, Francis Fukuyama, and Michael McFaul

"In recent weeks, moral outrage has been stirred by the barbaric war that Saudi Arabia has waged in Yemen, by the Saudi government’s brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and by President Trump’s failure to condemn and sanction these offenses, out of concern for damaging economic interests, real or exaggerated. At the same time, however, another human tragedy has been gathering in Iran, and it is one we might still avert, before it is too late.

2017-2018 Annual Report

This past academic year has been an important and busy year for the Iranian Studies Program. It is increasingly necessary to study and teach a more nuanced and comprehensive understanding of modern Iran, to highlight its rich cultural, political, religious, and economic relevance, its relationship with the U.S., role in the Middle East, and changing place in the world.

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