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Bahman Baktiari

Executive Director
International Foundation for Civil Society: The Mi

United States

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Building on his experience as Director of the Middle East Center at the University of Utah, Bahman Baktiari is currently Executive Director of the Salt Lake City-based International Foundation for Civil Society: The Middle East and North Africa, an organization that explores fundamental social and political shifts now underway throughout the region. An underlying premise of foundation research is that a complex mix of external and internal factors is responsible for these transformative changes.

In tandem with his executive responsibilities, Bahman Baktiari is currently engaged in the research project titled, Reconciling Islam with Democracy: Paving the Way for Democratic Changes in the Muslim World. He has past experience as a member of Boston University’s Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs study project, Shari`a Politics: A Comparative Project on the Cultural and Policy Implications of Movements for and Against Islamic Law. A noted author and public speaker, Bahman Baktiari spoke at Boston University in April, 2012, on the topic, Iran’s Domestic Politics & the Nuclear Standoff with the United States: Internal dynamic of Iran’s Nuclear Intentions.

Obtaining his doctorate in Government at the University of Virginia, Bahman Baktiari subsequently accepted a teaching position at the American University in Cairo. In 2000, he took responsibilities as Director of the University of Maine’s International Affairs Program. Mr. Baktiari next served as Director of the school’s William S. Cohen Center for International Policy & Commerce. Prior to joining the University of Utah faculty, he was Director of the University of Maine School of Policy and International Affairs. Since mid-2011, Bahman Baktiari has been a member of The United States Institute for Peace (USIP) Working Group on Iran.

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