About the Center

Meet the Director

Dr. Mohsen Milani


Dr. Mohsen Milani is the Executive Director of the Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies and Professor of Politics at the University of South Florida. An internationally recognized scholar, he was a research fellow at Harvard University, Oxford University, and the Foscari University in Venice, Italy. He has authored more than 80 publications in top peer-reviewed academic and respected journals. His works have been translated into Persian, French, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Portuguese. His most recent publications include "Iran in a reconnecting Eurasia" (Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C.), "Iran's Strategy in the Syrian Civil War (The Washington Quarterly), and the following articles in Foreign Affairs: "How Iran's Moderates Triumphed;" "Saudi Arabia's Desperate Measures: The Domestic and Regional Fears Fueling Riyadh;" Iran's Politics after the Deal;" "Why Tehran Isn't to Blame for the Civil War in Yemen;" "What If at First Rouhani Doesn't Succeed;" "Rouhani's Foreign Policy;" "The Ayatollah's Game Plan;" "Meet Me in Baghdad;" "Iran's US Policy. "

Since 2000, he has been invited to 200 conferences and workshops in 27 countries. His advice is solicited by private and governmental entities. He has testified before U.S. Congress as a subject matter expert. He is a regular commentator on current affairs. Among others, he has been interviewed by or quoted by over 140 national and international media outlets, including in The New York Times, Le Monde, The Economist, Der Spiegel (Germany), BBC World News, CNN, AlJazeera America, CCTV (China), TO VIMA (Greece), Radio Israel, Chuo-Koron (Japan), Toronto Star (Canada), The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Avvenenire (Italy), Publico (Portugal), B1 TV (Romania), Chunichi Newspaper (Japan), Il Reformista (Italy), Nepszabadsag (Hungry), Globo News (Brazil), and ABC Nightline Live, Radio Free Europe, Voice of America, and The Hindu (India).