For over thirty years, Reza Pahlavi has been a leader and advocate of the principles of freedom, democracy and human rights for his countrymen. He maintains constant contact with his compatriots both inside and outside the country, traveling the world to meet with heads of state, legislators, policy-makers, concerned groups and student conclaves, giving voice to the plight of Iranians under the Islamic regime in Iran. He consistently speaks out against the widespread abuse and oppression of the Iranian people and calls for the establishment of a secular democracy in Iran. Since the country's fraudulent elections of 2009, Pahlavi's singular message has taken on a new air of urgency as to the desperate plight of women, children and Iranians who live in shadows of a human existence.
In addition to numerous articles, Reza Pahlavi has written three books on the state of affairs in Iran: Gozashteh va Ayandeh (Kayhan Publishing, 2000); Winds of Change: The Future of Democracy in Iran (Regnery, 2002); and IRAN: L’Heure du Choix [IRAN: The Deciding Hour] (Denoël, 2009).
Reza Pahlavi was born in Tehran 1960 to the late Shah of Iran and Empress Farah Pahlavi. As Crown Prince of Iran and the oldest of four siblings, he left Iran at the age of 17 for air force training, during which time the establishment of the clerical regime in Iran prevented his return to his homeland. Subsequently earning a degree in political science from the University of Southern California, Reza Pahlavi then became an accomplished jet fighter pilot, completing the US Air Force Training Program at Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas. During the Iran-Iraq War, Reza Pahlavi volunteered to serve his country’s military as a fighter pilot, but was declined by the clerical regime. Despite being forced to live in exile since 1978, Reza Pahlavi’s commitment and patriotic duty to Iran endures, as Founder of the Iran National Council and Honorary Chairman of the IOSME, Institute for an Open Society in the Middle East.
Reza Pahlavi married Yasmine Etemad-Amini in 1986, and they are blessed with three daughters. Yasmine, graduate of George Washington University School of Law with a Doctorate in Juris Prudence, has practiced ten years at the Children’s Law Center as legal advocate for at-risk youth. In 1991, she founded the Foundation for the Children of Iran (FCI), providing life-saving, free health care services to indigent Iranian children, complementing the humanitarian mission of her husband for the Middle East.
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