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Stanford Libraries, Hoover Institution Gather Thousands of Archival Materials on Iran

Stanford has amassed thousands of Persian books, official documents, letters, multimedia pieces and other materials related to Iran’s history, politics and culture.

The collections, held at the Stanford University Libraries and the Hoover Institution Library & Archives, were expanded after the Iranian Studies program was established under the leadership of Professor Abbas Milani.

Student Activism Finds a Focus at Stanford's Handa Center

As the refugee crisis in Europe exploded in 2015, Ibrahim Bharmal ’18, knew he couldn’t stay on campus and watch events unfold without trying to help. “I saw that the Handa Center had a new fellowship,” he says. “I applied and was accepted to volunteer at a refugee camp in Skaramagus Port Harbor in Greece.” Bharmal, who speaks Arabic, spent nine weeks last summer organizing camp activities for children and teaching English to adults from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq in Greece’s largest refugee camp. “It was a difficult but really rewarding experience,” he says.

"The U.S. Must Talk to North Korea" Prof. Hecker Writes in the New York Times

In a New York Times op-ed, affiliated faculty member Siegfried S. Hecker writes that President-elect Donald Trump faces an even graver nuclear threat from North Korea than his two predecessors. In order to avoid a nuclear crisis, he writes that President-elect Trump should send a presidential envoy to Pyongang to reestablish communication. 

Prof. Milani Talks to Reuters About the Death of Former Iranian President Rafsanjani

On Sunday, January 8, former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani passed away at the age of 82.

In an interview with Reuters, Professor Abbas Milani, director of the Iranian Studies program at Stanford, said Rafsanjani's death could not have come at a worse time, as U.S. President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office.

New Research Initiative Will Study the Development of Iran's Economy

The Iranian Studies Program at Stanford launched a new initiative, called the Stanford Iran 2040 Project, that will produce research and analyses on Iran’s economy.  

A new research initiative at Stanford is bringing together experts to create independent data-driven analysis on the current state of Iran’s economy and what its future could look like.


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