Dr. Mohsen 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. An internationally acclaimed scholar, his advice is solicited by private and governmental entities.
Dr. Milani has written more than sixty academic articles and book chapters. His book, The Making of Iran's Islamic Revolution, has been 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), and "Iran's U.S. Policy" (Foreign Affairs).
At USF World, Dr. Milani has been conducting a "Conversation Series on Global Security" where he engages in in-depth conversations with prominent experts. 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. and received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Southern California. He has served as a fellow at Harvard University, Oxford, and Foscari University (Italy).