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An Overview of Iran’s Political and Economic Landscape

  • Zumberge Hall (ZHS) Room 252 3651 Trousdale Parkway Los Angeles, CA, 90089 United States (map)
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 Persian Academic and Cultural Student Association (PACSA) is pleased to announce 2018’s Distinguished Lecture Series, “An Overview of Iran’s Political and Economic Landscape”, with Professor Hashem Pesaran and Professor Mohsen Milani. This timely and interactive lecture and panel discussion event, with two of the leading Iranian scholars and thinkers, will focus on the various domestic and regional aspects of economic and political challenges facing Iran. This session includes two presentations, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Professor Laurie Brand. Our audience will have the opportunity to engage with the speakers during the Q&A period as well as the break.  

  Professor Mohsen Milani      Executive Director of the Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies, and professor of Politics at the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies at the University of South Florida. An internationally-recognized scholar, he has been a research fellow at Harvard, Oxford, and the Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, Italy. Milani has authored more than 80 publications. 

Professor Mohsen Milani

 Executive Director of the Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies, and professor of Politics at the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies at the University of South Florida. An internationally-recognized scholar, he has been a research fellow at Harvard, Oxford, and the Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, Italy. Milani has authored more than 80 publications. 

   Professor Laurie A. Brand       The Robert Grandford Wright Professor of International Relations and Middle East Studies at USC. Ph.D. She served as director of the Center for International Studies (1997-2000), as Director of the School of International Relations (2006-09), and Director of its Middle East Studies Program and then Chair of the Department of Middle East Studies(2014-17). A past president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (2004), and chair of its Committee on Academic Freedom since 2006, she specializes in Middle East international relations.

Professor Laurie A. Brand

 The Robert Grandford Wright Professor of International Relations and Middle East Studies at USC. Ph.D. She served as director of the Center for International Studies (1997-2000), as Director of the School of International Relations (2006-09), and Director of its Middle East Studies Program and then Chair of the Department of Middle East Studies(2014-17). A past president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (2004), and chair of its Committee on Academic Freedom since 2006, she specializes in Middle East international relations.

  Professor Hashem Pesaran    The John Elliot Distinguished Chair in Economics at USC, Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Trinity College. He also holds the directorship of USC Dornsife Institute for New Economic Thinking, and the Center for Applied Financial Economics at USC. Previously he was the head of the Economic Research Department of the Central Bank of Iran, the Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Iran, Professor of Economics at UCLA, and a Vice President at the Tudor Investment Corporation. 

Professor Hashem Pesaran

The John Elliot Distinguished Chair in Economics at USC, Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Trinity College. He also holds the directorship of USC Dornsife Institute for New Economic Thinking, and the Center for Applied Financial Economics at USC. Previously he was the head of the Economic Research Department of the Central Bank of Iran, the Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Iran, Professor of Economics at UCLA, and a Vice President at the Tudor Investment Corporation. 

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