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PERSONAL BIOGRAPHY

Ali R. Abootalebi was born in 1958 in Tehran, Iran. He arrived in the U.S. in 1977 and earned his two Master degrees in International Studies and Political Science from the Universities of Washington (1984) and Arizona (1991) and his PhD in Political Science from the University of Arizona in 1993. He has been teaching courses in Middle Eastern and Global politics for the past 20 years. He is currently Professor of Middle Eastern and Global Politics at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. He has appeared on Wisconsin and National Public radio and TV, including, among others, the News Hour with Jim Lehrer and the Wisconsin Public Radio with Ben Merens on issues pertinent to Islam and Politics, Islam and Democracy, Arab-Israeli Conflict, and Iran's Political Economy. He is the author of Islam and democracy: State-Society Relations in Developing Countries, 1980-1994 (New York and London: Garland Publishing, 2000). Among his other publications are: “Iraq: What Went Wrong,” in David W. Lesch, ed., The Middle East and the United States: A Historical and Political Reassessment, 4th ed., forthcoming, 2006; “Iran’s June 2005 Presidential Election and the Questions of Democracy,” Iran Analysis Quarterly, Vol. 4, no. 4, November-December, 2005; “Iran's 2004 Parliamentary Election and the Question of Democracy,” Iran Analysis Quarterly, Vol.1 No.3, Winter (January-March) 2004; “Political Islam, Governance and Democracy,” Turkish Policy Quarterly, Spring 2004; Iran’s Struggle for Democracy Continues: An Evaluation of Twenty-Five Years After the Revolution, Middle East Review of International Affairs, Volume 8, No. 2 - June 2004: 38-47; "Islam and Democracy," in Barry Rubin (editor) Contemporary Islamist Movements in the Middle East (SUNY Press, 2003):155-71; "State-Society Relations and Prospects for Democracy in Iran," Middle East Review of International Affairs, MERIA, vol. 5, no. 3 (September 2001): 20-37; "The Struggle for Democracy in the Islamic Republic of Iran, "Middle East Review of International Affairs, vol. 4, no. 3 (September 2000): 43-56; "Islam, Islamists, and Democracy," Middle East Review of International Affairs, Vol. 3, No. 1 (March 1999); "Middle East Economies: A survey of Current Problems and Issues," Middle East Review of International Affairs, Vol. 3, No. 3 (September 1999); "Ideological Currents in Islam," Center for Iranian Research and Analysis, CIRA, Vol. 14, No. 2 (September 1998): 11-15; "Civil Society, Democracy, and the Middle East," Middle East Review of International Affairs, Vol. 2, No. 3 (August 1998); "Elections Matter," Center for Iranian Research and Analysis, CIRA, Vol. 14, No. 1 (March 998): 30-33; "Democratization in Developing Countries: 1980-1989," The Journal of Developing Areas 29 (July 1995): 507-530.