Bahman Baktiari is the Executive Director of the International Foundation for Civil Society in Salt Lake City, UT. He received his PhD in Government from Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics at University of Virginia. He has published extensively on Iranian politics and society. His major publication Parliamentary Politics in Revolutionary Iran was published by University Press of Florida in 1997. His most recent publications include How Can Iran and the United States Normalize Their Relationship After 36 Years of Mutual Satanization?“, Sports Diplomacy With Iran: Breaking Barriers, Bridging Differences,” “Can the U.S. and Iran Become Trustworthy Rivals?“, Rouhani’s Nuclear Gridlock: Assessing the Domestic Challenges to President Hassan Rouhani’s Nuclear Deal with the West, “Sharia Politics and the Transformation of Islamic Law in Iran ” was published in Shari‘a Politics: Islamic Law and Society in the Modern World , edited by Robert W. Hefner, Indiana University Press ( 2011), Seeking International Legitimacy: Understanding the Dynamics of Nuclear Nationalism in Iran, in Nuclear Politics in Iran, edited by Judith S. Yaphe, published by the Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University (2010), Sustainable Development: A Strategy of Dialogue and Communication, 35, ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY & LAW’; Iran’s Conservative Moment, Current History ( January 2007), Voices within Islam: Four Perspectives on Tolerance and Diversity, Current History (January 2005), Doubting Reforms in Iran ( coauthored with Haleh Vaziri ) Current History ( January 2003), Impact of September 11th on Iranian Foreign Policy, Middle East Policy ( December 2002), Exporting the Islamic Revolution: Iranian-Egyptian Relations, With Asef Bayat in N. Keddie and R. Mathee edited, Iran and the Surrounding World: Interactions in Culture and Cultural Politics, University of Washington Press ( 2002). He also published several opinion pieces the Christian Science Monitor on Iranian political developments and its impact on foreign policy and relations with the United States.He has been interviewed on several national media outlets, including the NPR Morning Edition, Talk of the Nations, The Todd Feinburg Radio, and Jim Lehrer NewsHour.