Bahman Bakhtiari is widely considered an authority on the political and social realities within Iran. He has conducted thorough and extensive research into the subject and shared his expertise through numerous avenues. He has authored a multitude of book chapters and articles, given frequent lectures and presentations in academic and professional settings, and penned several conference papers. Mr. Bakhtiari has also appeared on major news programs such as National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation, Morning Edition, and All Things Considered; CNN; PBS’s Jim Lehrer News Hour; Christian Science Monitor Radio; and ABC News. Bahman Bakhtiari has been quoted in print media such as USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, the Orlando Sentinel, and Congressional Quarterly Research.
Bahman Bakhtiari earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Denver in 1979. Mr. Bakhtiari graduated with a double major in Philosophy and Political Science before relocating to Charlottesville, Virginia, where he enrolled in the University of Virginia for graduate studies. He earned a Master of Arts in Foreign Affairs in 1981 and remained at the institution to obtain a Doctorate in Government.
After his education, Bahman Bakhtiari lectured at numerous conferences and colleges, including the United States Department of State, National Defense University, and Texas A&M University. He currently is the Executive Director for the International Foundation for Civil Society: The Middle East & North Africa. Bahman Bakhtiari also holds membership in the United States Institute for Peace Working Group on Iran. He continues to broaden his comprehension on his area of expertise.