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

Academic Publications:

  1. Alimagham, Pouya. Contesting the Iranian Revolution: The Green Uprisings. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020.
  2. Alimagham, Pouya. “The Iranian Legacy in the 2011 Egyptian Revolution: Military Endurance and US Foreign Policy Priorities.” UCLA Historical Journal, Vol. 24, Iss. 1 (2013).

Opinion Pieces:

The American Conservative: “Don’t Underestimate Iran’s Ability to Fight a Bloody War” (8.6.19)

Informed Comment – “Iran’s Green Uprising 10 Years Later: A Humanizing Legacy” (6.13.19)

LobeLog – “America’s Standard of ‘Normal Nation’ in the Middle East” (6.5.19)

The Fletcher Forum – “The Transnational Legacy of the Iranian Revolution on its 40th Anniversary” (2.13.19)

The Fletcher Forum – “The Geneoalogy of Protest in Iran: Lessons from History” (2.28.18)

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)

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)


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 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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