Bahman Azad is an Iranian-American peace and justice activist living in the United States. He has a Master’s Degree in Economics and a Ph.D. in Sociology from American universities. He served in the Iranian Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant between 1971 and 1973.
Azad has been active in radical politics since his arrival in the United States in 1973, first as a student activist against the previous regime in Iran and then as a member of the National Board of the Communist Party USA front U.S. Peace Council. He joined communist dominated Veterans for Peace in the early 1990s at the invitation of his close friend and then VFP President, long time Maoist David Cline. He is currently serving as the Chair of VFP’s Iran Working Group, Organizational Secretary of the U.S. Peace Council, Co-Chair of the Iran Pledge of Resistance and an NGO representative of the formerly Soviet controlled World Peace Council at the United Nations.
In December 2010, Alfred L. Marder, Catherine Goodman and Bahman Azad were listed as the originators of a U.S. Peace Council “Petition to President Barack Obama and Congress to end the Korean War and Normalize Relations,” a long time goal of communist North Korea.
- We call on U.S. government to stop its repeated “war games” threatening North Korea, to stop demonizing but rather recognize North Korea as a sovereign nation, to engage the North Korean government in meaningful direct talks to end the Korean War, to sign a peace treaty, to remove all U.S. military bases and troops from South Korea, to negotiate with North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons as part of global nuclear abolition, and to normalize diplomatic and trade relations between the two nations.