USF Iran Expert Lends Perspective on Election

TAMPA, Fla. (June 12, 2009) Iranian voters showed up at the polls on Friday in record numbers to elect a new president. It was a vote that was closely watched in the United States and by Mohsen M. Milani, chairman of USF’s Department of Government and International Affairs and an internationally noted expert on Iran. For that reason, the Council on Foreign Affairs called on Melani to lend his perspective to the Iranian elections on its website and in its journal, Foreign Affairs. The articles quickly became the most read features on the websites as the public clamored for perspective on this crucial election.


To read Milani’s take on the Iranian elections, visit the Council on Foreign Relations at and read Foreign Affairs at


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