March 11, 2009 — Ruhi Ramazani, professor emeritus of government and foreign affairs at the University of Virginia, has consistently urged American analysts and policymakers to look beyond simplistic interpretations of Iran's actions to reach a more nuanced understanding of Iran's culture, religion, government and people.
Decades ago, the media dubbed him "dean of Iranian foreign policy studies in the United States" for his books, now classics, "The Foreign Policy of Iran, 1500–1941: A Developing Nation in World Affairs" (1966) — the first study of Iran's foreign policy in any language — and its sequel, "Iran's Foreign Policy, 1941–1975: A Study of Foreign Policy in Modernizing Nations" (1975). He is speaking during a conference at U.Va. on March 23 that will focus on Iran's revolution. His topic: "Iran's Nuclear Intentions."
Ramazani is Edward R. Stettinius Professor Emeritus of Government and Foreign Affairs at U.Va., where he has been since he immigrated to the United States in 1952. He is an American citizen. He received his degree of doctor of science of jurisprudence (in international relations and law) from the U.Va. School of Law in 1954. He was visiting professor at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, a member of the High Table at the University of Cambridge in England, and the Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Studies at the American University of Beirut. He has lectured in more than 30 cities overseas. A volume of essays by 53 international experts on Iran titled "The Iranian Revolution at 30" was dedicated to him on Jan. 29 by the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C.