Hassan Abbasi

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Hassan Abbasi
Hassan Abbasi.jpg
Abbasi's speech at Amirkabir University of Technology in December 2015
Bornc. 1966 (age 51–52)[1]
ResidenceTehran, Iran
NationalityIranian
OccupationProfessor at Imam Hossein University[2]
Known forDelivering ardent and virulent speeches[3]
TitlePresident of Andishkadeh Yaghin
Term2000-present
Board member ofAmmar Headquarters[4]
Military career
AllegianceIran
Service/branch
Unit66th Airborne Brigade[5]
Battles/warsIran–Iraq War
WebsiteOfficial website

Hassan Abbasi (Persian: حسن عباسی‎, with real name Yadollah Ghazvini[8][9] Persian: يدالله قزويني‎) is a political strategist and conspiracy theorist,[3] an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps officer and head of its think-tank ‘Center for Borderless Security Doctrinal Analysis’.[10] Abbasi is primarily known for his conspiracy theories, and for delivering speeches on a wide range of issues, including economics, history, politics and cinema.[11][12][13] U.S. Army Colonel Sean J. Corrigan, in a 2011 research project entitled "Exploitable Vulnerabilities of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps", names Abbasi was one of the two "key architects of Iran’s doctrine of asymmetric warfare", along with Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari.[14] Jahangir Arasli, an Azerbaijani intelligence analyst, wrote in 2007 that Abbasi was among those in charge of devising the concept of asymmetric response at Imam Hussein University.[15] Historian Meir Litvak states that Abbasi holds anachronistic views and is among contemporary proponents of antisemitic conspiracy theories in Iran.[16]

He was a jury member in 2011 edition of Fajr International Film Festival[17] and a lecturer in the 2013 International Conference on Hollywoodism.[18]

After Clifford May,[19] Amir Taheri has dubbed him “the Kissinger of Islam” in a The Telegraph article,[20] and also quoted an anonymous European diplomat in Tehran saying "to Iran's new ruling elite, Abbasi is the big strategic brain".[21] In 2004, Michael Ledeen claimed that he serves as "theoretician" in the office of Supreme Leader of Iran with a special responsibility for North American affairs.[22] In a paper presented by Shmuel Bar, Rachel Machtiger and Shmuel Bachar at the Herzliya Conference in 2008, Abbasi is deemed as one of the IRGC prominent figures who "is said to be affiliated with Mesbah Yazdi... a supporter of the Hojjatiyeh and of Ahmadinejad... one of the main contributors to Ahmadinejad’s strategic thought".[23]

Raz Zimmt classifies him among the prominent figures of the radical right wing of Iranian politics, along with Mehdi Ta'eb, Alireza Panahian, Said Qasemi and Qasem Ravanbakhsh who all serve in the central committee of 'Ammar Headquarters', an IRGC-affiliated institution established in 2011.[24] According to a 2012 report edited by Raz Zimmt, Abbasi is "one of the major theoreticians of the radical wing in the conservative camp and the Revolutionary Guards".[25] In 2014, a security research of Hewlett-Packard claimed that the «Basij Cyber Council» operates under the direction of Abbasi.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b حسن عباسی؛ از یوگی تا پینوکیو [Hassan Abbasi, from «Yugi» to «Pinocchio»]. Shargh (in Persian). Tehran (2643): 6. 31 July 2016. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  2. ^ Arasli, Jahangir (April 2007). "Obsolete Weapons, Unconventional Tactics, and Martyrdom Zeal: How Iran Would Apply Its Asymmetric Naval Warfare Doctrine in a Future Conflict" (PDF). Occasional paper series (10). George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies: 12. ISSN 1863-6039. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b Wahdat-Hagh, Wahied (25 November 2011). "Iran And Cyber-Hezbollah Strategies: Killing Enemies In Hyperspace – Analysis". Eurasia Review. Brussels, Belgium: European Foundation for Democracy.
  4. ^ Zimmt, Raz (5 February 2012). ""The 'Ammar Headquarters" and the challenges of the Iranian political system". Tel Aviv University. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  5. ^ a b c تصاویر منتشره نشده از عملیات چریکی سپاه [Unpublished images from a guerrilla operation of IRGC] (in Persian). Fars News Agency. 22 July 2012. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  6. ^ گزارش فارس از آمادگی نیروی دریایی سپاه در خلیج فارس [Fars News' report on IRGC Navy readiness at Persian gulf] (in Persian). Fars News Agency. 31 October 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  7. ^ حسن عباسی از ارتش عذرخواهی کرد [Hassan Abbasi apologized the Army] (in Persian). Fars News Agency. 1 August 2016. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  8. ^ radiofarda.com
  9. ^ baharnews.ir
  10. ^ Seliktar, Ofira (2012). Navigating Iran: From Carter to Obama. Springer. pp. 157, 172. ISBN 1137010886.
  11. ^ Wahdat-Hagh, Wahied (25 November 2011). "Iran And Cyber-Hezbollah Strategies: Killing Enemies In Hyperspace – Analysis". Eurasia Review. Brussels, Belgium: European Foundation for Democracy.
  12. ^ Azizi, Arash (1 December 2016). "Should IRGC be worried by latest Iran army promotion?". Al-Monitor.
  13. ^ "Iranian hard-line theorist arrested for criticizing the army". Associated Press. 3 August 2016.
  14. ^ Corrigan, Sean J. (12 October 2011). "Exploitable Vulnerabilities of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps". USAWC Civilian Research Project. Defense Technical Information Center: 6. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  15. ^ Arasli, Jahangir (April 2007). "Obsolete Weapons, Unconventional Tactics, and Martyrdom Zeal: How Iran Would Apply Its Asymmetric Naval Warfare Doctrine in a Future Conflict" (PDF). Occasional paper series (10). George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies: 12. ISSN 1863-6039. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  16. ^ Litvak, Meir (2017). "Iranian Antisemitism and the Holocaust". In Anthony McElligott, Jeffrey Herf. Antisemitism Before and Since the Holocaust: Altered Contexts and Recent Perspectives. Springer. p. 210. ISBN 9783319488660.
  17. ^ "Fajr Intl. Film Festival announces jury members". Mehr News Agency. 29 January 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  18. ^ Erdbrink, Thomas (18 February 2013). "Stung by 'Argo,' Iran Backs Conference Denouncing 'Hollywoodism'". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 9 October 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  19. ^ May, Clifford D. (31 October 2005). "Ahmadinejad's Brain". National Review. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  20. ^ Taheri, Amir (2006-04-16). "The frightening truth of why Iran wants a bomb". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-04-26.
  21. ^ Taheri, Amir (8 October 2005). "An Adventure That Can Backfire". Free Republic. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  22. ^ Ledeen, Michael (26 May 2004). "No Way Out". National Review. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  23. ^ Bar, Shmuel; Machtiger, Rachel; Bachar, Shmuel (20–23 January 2008). Iranian Nuclear Decision Making under Ahmadinejad (PDF). 8th Herzliya Conference. p. 19.
  24. ^ Zimmt, Raz (5 February 2012). ""The 'Ammar Headquarters" and the challenges of the Iranian political system". Iran Pulse. Tel Aviv University (49). Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  25. ^ Raz Zimmt, ed. (July 2012). ""Syria, the First Line of Resistance" conference in Tehran: "Sword of Damocles doctrine is Syria's trump card against the West"" (PDF). Spotlight on Iran. 12 (152). Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center: 2.
  26. ^ "Threat Actors Operating within the Islamic Republic of Iran" (PDF). HP Security Research Threat Intelligence Briefing. Episode 11. Hewlett-Packard. 21 February 2014: 5. Retrieved 15 October 2017.

External links[edit]

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