About the Center

Meet the Director

Dr. Mohsen Milani


 An internationally recognized scholar and a political intellectual, 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 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.), “The effect of U.S Sanction on Iran's Domestic Security" (World Politics Review), "Iran's Reaction to Secretary Pompeo's Tweleves demands”( World Politics Review), "Iran's Strategy in the Syrian Civil War (The Washington Quarterly), and the following articles in the 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;" "Rouhani's Foreign Policy;" "Meet Me in Baghdad;" "Iran's US Policy. "

Since 2000, he has been invited to over 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 international affairs. Among others, he has been interviewed by or quoted by over 150 national and international media outlets, including in The New York Times, Le Monde, The Economist, Der Spiegel , BBC World News, CNN, AlJazeera America, CGTV (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).