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About Iran – Wednesday, April 10 at 9am on the Peace & Justice Report

Written by on Monday, April 8, 2019

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This Wednesday, April 10 at 9am, our first guest will be Dr. Mohsen Milani. Dr. Milani is the Executive Director of the Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies and Professor of Politics at the University of South Florida. He served as a department chair from 1998 to 2012. We’ll discuss Iran and the U.S. foreign policy towards it.

After that, Bob will play an interview he did with Brian Ellis of the Answer Coalition about their recent action in March at the White House and their upcoming Facebook event about Venezuela.

Dr. Milani has written more than sixty academic articles and book chapters. His book, The Making of Iran’s Islamic Revolution, has been used as required reading in many universities in the U.S., Europe, Japan, Canada, and Iran. His recent publications include “The Ayatollah’s Game Plan” (Foreign Affairs), “Rouhani’s Foreign Policy” (Foreign Affairs), “The Rise and Fall of Rafsanjani” (The Atlantic), “Meet Me in Baghdad” (Foreign Affairs), “Iran’s U.S. Policy” (ForeignAffairs), “Iran’s policy toward Iraq” (book chapter), and “Iran’s Policy Toward Afghanistan”(Middle East Journal).

At USF World, he has been conducting a new “Conversation Series on Global Security.” Prominent experts have been invited to the program for in-depth conversations with him. In the last decade, he has attended over 100 conferences in 25 countries. He is currently writing a book about Iranian foreign policy.

Born in Tehran, Dr. Milani completed his high school and higher education in the U.S. andreceived his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Souther California.



Here’s a rare opportunity to learn firsthand about the Sarasota County government.

It’s called GO – the Government Operations Symposium. It’s a shortened version of the county’s Civics 101 course (which I took a few years ago), and it will be great for newcomers or anyone wishing to learn more about how our county works. You get to meet and question the county officials heading up the various departments.

At the moment the registrations for the four GO sessions are low, so they need a few more students. (Their original email is below all of this.) I have signed up for all four days, but you can also attend just one, two or three of the days. There’s no charge. My four links just below this paragraph will take you to a brief survey and signup page showing that day’s schedule. You have to register separately for each day, but I think it’s well worth it!


April 16 – County Commission
April 17 – Supervisor of Elections, Property Appraiser and Tax Collector
April 18 – Clerk and Comptroller
April 19 – Justice System