Gholam Reza Afkhami is the former Secretary General of Iran's National Committee for World Literacy Programme (1975-79) and Deputy Minister of Interior (1974-5). He is also a former faculty member at the National University of Iran (1967-79) where he also served as the Associate Dean of the College of Economics and Political Science (1967-74). Following the Revolution Dr Afkhami continued activities in academia as a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace (1980-83).
Dr Afkhami is the author of several books and articles in both Farsi and English, including The Iranian Revolution: Thanatos on a National Scale (1985), and Power and Conflict in the Middle East (1987). His most resent work is The Life and Times of the Shah, which was published in 2009 by the University of California Press.