Friday, October 28, 2016

Iran Poised to Increase Influence Peddling on American Colleges

Iran Poised to Increase Influence Peddling on American Colleges:
"Given US universities' history of welcoming Islamist funding and operatives, stopping this before it further metastasizes is imperative.
The American academy, which has revealed itself to be markedly susceptible to the intrigues of the Saudi-based radical Wahhabi sect and the Muslim Brotherhood, now faces the challenge of an Iranian radical presence.
Since 2014, admission of Iranian students to U.S. colleges has been permitted by the U.S. Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control. 
Iran has yet to flood the U.S. with its own professors.

Nevertheless, there are indications that an Iranian wave may soon hit the American academic community.
A network of apologists for the Iranian clerical regime already exists within the Middle East studies departments of American educational institutions.
How much will this attitude grow in light of the Obama administration's turn toward Tehran?
Three recent examples of Iranian ideological functionaries penetrating U.S. universities stand out:...
Ebrahim Mohseni is a research scholar at the University of Maryland (UM)'s Center for International and Security Studies, while simultaneously serving as a senior analyst at the University of Tehran's Center for Public Opinion Research (CPOR) and a lecturer in the University's Faculty of World Studies (FWS).
He has a masters of public policy and a graduate certificate in intelligence analysis from UM.
That an obvious – as will be seen – Iranian regime advocate should have been awarded a graduate certificate in intelligence analysis by a major U.S. educational institution is startling, and so are Mohseni's affiliations with the CPOR and the FWS..."

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