Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies

The Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies (CSDS) conducts cutting-edge research on global and national security issues and develops academic programs dealing with diplomacy, strategy and leadership. It seeks to serve as a bridge among academia, the private sector and the government, breaking the walls that have traditionally separated them.

The Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies conducts the “Conversation Series on Global Security,” which brings to the university leading experts and diplomats for an in-depth conversation on global security. It organizes conferences and highly specialized workshops about international affairs, and endeavors to produce non-ideological and non-partisan policy recommendations that contribute to international peace and harmony. It is currently developing an academic program on Global Leadership.

Dr. Mohsen Milani is the Executive Director of the Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies. To see his recent work click here>>


April 1, 2014
Dr Milani was interviewed by BackChannel of Al-Monitor about the controversial nomination of Hamid  Aboutalebi as Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations.
February 7, 2014
Dr. Mohsen Milani was interviewed by Radio Farda  (RFE/RL) on the 35th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. (Note: the interview begins 4 minutes into the program.)
February 5, 2014
Ambassador Christopher Hill discussed “Recent Developments in the Greater Middle East from Afghanistan to Iran to Iraq to Syria” with Dr. Mohsen Milani as part of the Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies’ “Conversation Series on Global Security.” Over 300 people, including USF faculty, students, community representatives and the military attended the event.
February 4, 2014
Radio Farda interviewed Dr. Mohsen Milani  for a special program on the evolving image of the Islamic Republic in the past three decades.  For the transcript and the audio go to:
February 3, 2014
Dr. Mohsen Milani talks to Radio Farda (RFE/RL) about the opposition in Iran and in the U.S. to the Interim Nuclear Deal between Iran and the Six Global Powers. Interview Audio
January 27, 2014
Andisheh TV interviews Dr. Mohsen Milani about the Geneva II conference and the Syrian Civil War.
January 23, 2014
Dr Mohsen Milani talks with VOA Persian about Geneva II talks on the future of Syria. (Starts 14 minutes into the program)
January 22, 2014
Dr. Milani to discuss “Iran and the Syrian Civil War” at the Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, as part of the Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning’s Lecture Series on Global Issues.
January 19, 2014
Dr. Mohsen Milani talks with BBC Persian about invitation and dis-invitation of Iran to attend the Geneva II Conference on Syria.
January 19, 2014
Dr Mohsen Milani’s interview with BBC Persian Radio about the U.N. invitation to Iran to attend the Geneva II conference and the subsequent disinvititation of Iran. Syria Interview 210114

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