Publications

Academic Publications, Media Appearances, Opinion Pieces, and Quotes:

Academic Publications:

  1. UCLA Historical Journal: “The Iranian Legacy in the 2011 Egyptian Revolution: Military Endurance and US Foreign Policy Priorities”

Media Appearances:

Voice of America: 

  1. 6.25.14 – “The Saudi Roots of Today’s Shi’ite-Sunni War”

HuffPost Live:

  1. 3.7.13 – Room for Diplomacy?
  2. 10.2.12 – Top News Segment
  3. 8.31.12 – US Sidelined in Syria
  4. 8.23.12 – Sanctioning Iran

Opinion Pieces:

The Huffington Post – “The Saudi Roots of Today’s Shi’ite-Sunni War” (6.23.14)

The Huffington Post – “Iran’s 2009 Protest Haunt Upcoming Elections” (5.26.13)

The Huffington Post – “Ben Afflect’s Argo and the Problem With Viewing Iran Through a Narrow Lens” (10.16.12) and published in Muftah under modified title – “Ben Affleck and Argo’s Narrow Lens” (10.20.12)

The Huffington Post – “Dangerous Misconceptions About Sanctions on Iran and Its Nuclear Program” (9.18.12)

Tehran Bureau (PBS) – “The Diplomatic Opportunity in Iran’s Dashed Hopes for the ‘Arab Spring'” (9.10.12)

The Huffington Post – “Revisiting the Flawed Policy of Sanctioning Iran: How Sanctions Hurt the Reformers” (8.28.12)

Tehran Bureau (PBS), UC Berkeley’s The Daily Cal, and University of Michigan’s The Michigan Daily – “Depicting Iran: How Western Portrayals Justify Intervention” (3.4.12)

Juan Cole’s Informed Comment – “Alimagham: What Egypt and Tunisia Tell Us about Iran”. (2/21/11)

Tehran Bureau (PBS) – “The WikiLeaks Cables That Call for Attacks on Iran: An Alternative Analysis”. (12/7/10)

Tehran Bureau (PBS) – “Mousavi and Martyrdom: How the Regime Calculates the Personal Challenge”. (2/6/10)

Quotes:

On Iran’s Opposition Learning from Egypt – The Atlantic’s “The Daily Dish” (2/21/11)

“The opposition’s strategy should not be limited to street activity, as it was in the past, but expanded into a more comprehensive approach including strikes, encampments in Iran’s own Liberation Square and, most importantly, garnering the support of Iran’s armed forces—all of which were tactics vital to success in Egypt…. The speed with which the dictatorships in Egypt and Tunisia fell stands in stark contrast to the Iranian government’s survival after the 2009 post-election turmoil – a critical point that needs to be considered when strategizing how to promote non-violent democratic change in Iran.”

On the Arab uprisings in ’11 – The Michigan Review (2/22/11)

“While the events unfolded, the Obama administration and the State Department tried to find the right diplomatic tone. However, reaction to the uprisings hasn’t really shown a great shift in U.S. Foreign Policy according to Pouya Alimagham ‘the real shift came after the first gulf war when the U.S. established a permanent military presence in the region.’ Alimagham believes that U.S. policy had become more aggressive in the region since then and leading to the latest Iraq war. ‘But,’ he said, ‘the country [the US] learned something from the 1979 Iranian Revolution and as a result did not hold strong in their support of Mubarak in order to preserve the Egyptian military—and through it—maintain ties with the future order.’ It remains to be seen whether any of these other protests will amount to any significant change, but because “most regimes are loathed and despised by their people,” said Alimagham, it is expected that they [the protests] will continue.”

On the Arab uprisings in ’11 – The Michigan Daily (2/17/11)

“Rackham student Pouya Alimagham said during the discussion that the international news network Al-Jazeera played a major role in the Egyptian revolution, functioning as the source for media and news, superseding Facebook and Twitter after they were restricted. Since former Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser died, Pan-Arabism was without a quintessential leader and Al-Jazeera essentially fulfilled that role. ‘If we’re going to talk Pan-Arabism we have to talk about the Pan-Arab leader … in a way, Al-Jazeera is kind of like that leader,’ Alimagham said. ‘(Pan-Arabism) is more than just a concept,’ he added. ‘It’s definitely not dead. In a way it has been resurrected if you look at what happened in Tunisia [and how it spread from there].’

On the Iranian uprising in ’09 – The Harvard Crimson (6/21/09)

“‘My medium of protest has been online, so I’ve been spending most of my time gathering information,’ Alimagham says. He adds that he believes the massive media coverage of the election in the West, though not always accurate, is ultimately a good thing, considering that a lot of democratic movements in the Middle East are not reported at all.”

On Palestine in ’08 – CNN (8/18/08)

“Other Americans, such as Harvard graduate student Pouya Alimagham, 26, have also developed their political opinions after spending time in Lebanon. ‘For me, being here has heightened the issue of Israel and Palestine,’ Alimagham said. While in Lebanon, Alimagham visited a Palestinian refugee camp. ‘That was a testament to six decades of bad policy,’ Alimagham said. ‘When I went to the refugee camp I realized that no one cares about the Palestinians.'”

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