Archive for November, 2013

Bahman Bakhtiari

November 21, 2013

Bahman Bakhtiari is the Executive Director of the International Foundation for Civil Society in Salt Lake City, UT. He received his PhD in Government from Woodrow Wilson Department of  Politics  at University of Virginia.  He has published extensively on Iranian politics and society.  His major publication Parliamentary Politics in Revolutionary Iran was published by University Press of Florida in 1997. He is a frequent speaker at major research centers and think tanks in Washington DC.

His most recent publications include “Sharia Politics and the Transformation of Islamic Law in Iran ” was published in Shari‘a Politics: Islamic Law and Society in the Modern World , edited by Robert W. Hefner, Indiana University Press ( 2011),  Seeking International Legitimacy: Understanding the  Dynamics of Nuclear Nationalism in Iran,  in Nuclear Politics in Iran,  edited by Judith S. Yaphe, published by the Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University (2010),   Iran’s Conservative Moment, Current History ( January 2007),  Voices within Islam: Four Perspectives on Tolerance and Diversity,  Current History (January 2005),  Doubting Reforms in Iran ( coauthored with Haleh Vaziri ) Current History ( January 2003),  Impact of September 11th on Iranian Foreign Policy, Middle East Policy ( December 2002),  Exporting the Islamic Revolution: Iranian-Egyptian Relations,  With Asef  Bayat in  N. Keddie and R. Mathee edited, Iran and the Surrounding World: Interactions in Culture and Cultural Politics,  University of Washington Press ( 2002).  He also published several opinion pieces  the Christian Science Monitor on Iranian political developments and its impact on foreign policy and relations with the United States.He has been interviewed on several national media outlets, including  the NPR Morning Edition, Talk of the Nations, The Todd Feinburg Radio,  and Jim Lehrer NewsHour.



Iran Culture Minister Wants Social Media Ban Lifted

November 7, 2013

 For the first time in decades,  a senior Iranian official has publicly declared that bans on social media inside Iran should be lifted.  Although the Culture Minister does not have control over internet inside Iran,  his statement is important and may lead to changes.  Several Iranian officials including Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham have Facebook (FB) or Twitter accounts, or both….  About 2 million Iranians have Facebook accounts, half of them in the capital, Tehran.”

Bahman Bakhtiari