Home      Discussion      Topics      Dictionary      Almanac
Signup       Login
Vali Nasr

Vali Nasr

Discussion
Ask a question about 'Vali Nasr'
Start a new discussion about 'Vali Nasr'
Answer questions from other users
Full Discussion Forum
 
Encyclopedia
Vali Nasr is a leading expert on Middle East and Islamic world, a best-selling author, influential commentator and Professor of International Politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University, Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings Institution, and a columnist for Bloomberg View. He is a member of the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Policy Advisory Board to advise the Secretary of State on global issues.

Between 2009 and 2011 he served in the Obama Administration as Senior Advisor to U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke.

He has previously served as an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and Senior Fellow at the Belfar Center of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Vali Nasr is one of America’s leading experts on the Islamic world and Middle East politics. He is internationally renowned and has influenced critical public debates and policy decisions in both U.S. and Europe. His two books, Shia Revival (2006) and Forces of Fortune (2009) correctly foretold of sectarian conflict following Iraq war and the potential for an Arab Spring. He has advised presidents and senior policy makers, members of the Congress, presidential campaigns, and global political and business leaders. He was featured on the front page of Wall Street Journal; quoted by Senator John Kerry on the floor of the U.S. Senate; and described as a “national resource” by Richard Haass, the President of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Vali Nasr is the author of Forces of Fortune: The Rise of A New Muslim Middle Class and What It Means for Our World (Free Press, 2009; also published in paperback as The Rise of Islamic Capitalism: Why the New Middle Class is Key to Defeating Extremism and in U.K. as Meccanomics: The March of the New Muslim Middle Class); The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam will Shape the Future (W.W. Norton, 2006); Democracy in Iran: History and the Quest for Liberty (Oxford University Press, 2006); The Islamic Leviathan: Islam and the Making of State Power (Oxford University Press, 2001); Mawdudi and the Making of Islamic Revivalism (Oxford University Press, 1996); The Vanguard of the Islamic Revolution: The Jama`at-i Islami of Pakistan (University of California Press, 1994); an editor of Oxford Dictionary of Islam (Oxford University Press, 2003); and co-editor of Expectation of the Millennium: Shi`ism in History (SUNY Press, 1989); as well as numerous articles in academic journals and encyclopedias. His works have been translated into Arabic, French, German, Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese, Indonesian, Italian, Turkish, Persian, Chinese, Hindi and Urdu.

He has written for The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, The New Republic, Newsweek, Time, Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, and has provided frequent expert commentary to CNN, BBC, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Frontline, ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, and has been a guest on the Charlie Rose Show and Meet the Press, Larry King Live, the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report and Real Time with Bill Maher, GPS with Fareed Zakaria, and ABD News' This Week with Christiane Amanpour. His interviews have appeared in Al-Hayat, Al-Sharq al-Awsat and Al-Jazeera in the Middle East, Der Spiegel and Die Welt in Germany, La Repubblica, La Stampa, and Corriera della Sera in Italy, El Mundo in Spain, and Le Monde in France, as well as in leading media outlets in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Iran, Japan, Turkey, Sweden and Switzerland.

He is a member of Board of Trustees of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Board of Trustees of National Democratic Institute; Board of Directors of the Foundation for Iranian Studies; and the Fund Board of the Public Affairs Association of Iranian-Americans (PAAIA). He has been the recipient of grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council. He is a Carnegie Scholar for 2006.

Biography


He was born in 1960 in Tehran
Tehran
Tehran , sometimes spelled Teheran, is the capital of Iran and Tehran Province. With an estimated population of 8,429,807; it is also Iran's largest urban area and city, one of the largest cities in Western Asia, and is the world's 19th largest city.In the 20th century, Tehran was subject to...

. He received his BA from Tufts University in International Relations summa cum laude and was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa in 1983. He earned his masters from the Fletcher School of Law in and Diplomacy in international economics and Middle East studies in 1984, and his PhD from MIT in political science in 1991.

Work


Nasr is the author of Forces of Fortune: The Rise of the New Muslim Middle Class and What It will Mean for Our World, The Shia Revival, The Islamic Leviathan, Democracy in Iran, The Vanguard of the Islamic Revolution: The Jama`at-i Islami of Pakistan, and Mawdudi and the Making of Islamic Revivalism. He has work on Islamic activism in Pakistan
Pakistan
Pakistan , officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is a sovereign state in South Asia. It has a coastline along the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman in the south and is bordered by Afghanistan and Iran in the west, India in the east and China in the far northeast. In the north, Tajikistan...

, and more recently also on Iran
Iran
Iran , officially the Islamic Republic of Iran , is a country in Southern and Western Asia. The name "Iran" has been in use natively since the Sassanian era and came into use internationally in 1935, before which the country was known to the Western world as Persia...

 and the Arab world
Arab world
The Arab world refers to Arabic-speaking states, territories and populations in North Africa, Western Asia and elsewhere.The standard definition of the Arab world comprises the 22 states and territories of the Arab League stretching from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the Arabian Sea in the...

. His work on the role of states in Islamization
Islamization
Islamization or Islamification has been used to describe the process of a society's conversion to the religion of Islam...

 and evolution of democratic ideas in the Muslim world
Muslim world
The term Muslim world has several meanings. In a religious sense, it refers to those who adhere to the teachings of Islam, referred to as Muslims. In a cultural sense, it refers to Islamic civilization, inclusive of non-Muslims living in that civilization...

 presented new analysis. He has been engaged in debates in the Muslim world
Muslim world
The term Muslim world has several meanings. In a religious sense, it refers to those who adhere to the teachings of Islam, referred to as Muslims. In a cultural sense, it refers to Islamic civilization, inclusive of non-Muslims living in that civilization...

 on Islam and democracy and accommodating modernity. His most influential work has been on the importance of sectarian identity in Middle East politics and the growing importance of Shia politics following the Iraq war, which he was one of the first to identify. His book, Forces of Fortune focused on the importance of a new middle class to future of the Muslim world, which presaged the role of the middle class in democratic uprisings of 2011.
Dr. Vali Nasr was appointed to co-direct President Obama's foreign policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan.

He has advised senior policy makers including the president, and also testified before the US Senate and advised members of both houses of the US Congress on Middle East issues. In 2007-08 he served as an adviser to Democratic presidential candidates. In 2009 he joined the Obama administration as Senior Advisor on Afghanistan and Pakistan. Since 2008 he has been Professor of International Politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University.

He appeared on
The Daily Show
The Daily Show
The Daily Show , is an American late night satirical television program airing each Monday through Thursday on Comedy Central. The half-hour long show premiered on July 21, 1996, and was hosted by Craig Kilborn until December 1998...

 with Jon Stewart on the 1st August, 2006 and the 22nd of September, 2009.

Family


Nasr is married to Darya, a technology executive, and has three children, sons Amir and Hossein, and daughter Donia. They reside in Washington, DC.

Selected Publications

  • Forces of Fortune: The Rise of the New Muslim Middle Class and What It will Mean for Our World (Free Press, 2009)[2]
  • The Shia Revival: How Conflicts Within Islam will Shape the Future (W.W. Norton & Company, 2006)[3]
  • Democracy in Iran: History and the Quest for Liberty (coauthor, Oxford University Press, 2006)[4]
  • The Islamic Leviathan: Islam and the Making of State Power (Oxford University Press, 2001)[5]
  • Mawdudi and the Making of Islamic Revivalism (Oxford University Press, 1996)[6]
  • The Vanguard of the Islamic Revolution: The Jama`at-i Islami of Pakistan (University of California Press, 1994)[7]
  • Oxford Dictionary of Islam (editor, Oxford University Press, 2003)[8]
  • Expectation of the Millennium: Shi'ism in History (coeditor, State University of New York Press, 1989)[9]
  • "When Shiites Rise" from Foreign Affairs
  • "The Cost of Containing Iran" (coauthored with Ray Takeyh
    Ray Takeyh
    Ray Takeyh, PhD is an Iranian-American Middle East scholar, former United States Department of State official, and a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University....

    ) from Foreign Affairs
  • "Who Wins in Iraq? Iran" from Foreign Policy
  • "The Rise of Muslim Democracy" from Journal of Democracy
  • "The Conservative Consolidation in Iran" from Survival
  • "The Regional Implications of Shi'a Revival in Iraq" from The Washington Quarterly
  • "Iran’s Peculiar Election: The Conservative Wave Rolls On" from Journal of Democracy
  • "The Democracy Debate in Iran" (coauthor) from Middle East Policy Journal
  • "Military Rule, Islamism, and Democracy in Pakistan" from The Middle East Journal
  • "Lessons from the Muslim World" from Dædalus

External links


Interviews


Columns and Opinions

  • Making Real the Obama Iran Victories That Never Were Real column by Vali Nasr on shortcomings of Obama's Iran Policy
  • Why Contain Iran When Its Own Aims Will Do That? column by Vali Nasr on managing Iranian policy after the Arab spring
  • If True, Iran Plot a Giant, Dangerous Mistake opinion by Vali Nasr on the Alleged Iranian plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's Ambassador
  • Partnership, Not Pressure, Will Win Pakistan's Help column by Vali Nasr on the imperative stabilizing US-Pakistan relations
  • Beyond Good Politics, Egypt Needs Economic Remodeling column by Vali Nasr on the imperative of economic reform in Egypt after the Arab Spring
  • If the Arab Spring Turns Ugly opinion by Vali Nasr in New York Times on implications of the crisis in Syria for sectarianism in the broader Middle East
  • Unrest in Syria Tests Turkey’s Role as Regional Power column by Vali Nasr in Bloomberg View on impact of unrest in Syria on Turkey
  • Showdown in Tehran Opinion PIece by Vali Nasr in Foreign Policy
    Foreign Policy
    Foreign Policy is a bimonthly American magazine founded in 1970 by Samuel P. Huntington and Warren Demian Manshel.Originally, the magazine was a quarterly...

     on power struggle between Iranian leaders in 2011
  • Draw Down Troops, Boost Diplomacy in Afghanistan column by Vali Nasr on imperative of diplomatic initiative in solving the Afghan crisis
  • Will the Saudis Kill the Arab Spring? column by Vali Nasr in Bloomberg View on challenges facing the Obama Administration's decision in managing the Arab Spring
  • Draw Down Troops, Boost Diplomacy in Afghanistan column by Vali Nasr in Bloomberg View on Obama Administration's decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan
  • America Must Hug Pakistan Ever Closer Opinion PIece by Vali Nasr in Financial Times
    Financial Times
    The Financial Times is an international business newspaper. It is a morning daily newspaper published in London and printed in 24 cities around the world. Its primary rival is the Wall Street Journal, published in New York City....

     on managing failing U.S.-Pakistan relations
  • In Pakistan, No More Secrets Opinion Piece by Vali Nasr in Washington Post on U.S.-Pakistan relations after death of Osama Bin Laden
  • How to Squeeze Jihadi Culture Out of Pakistan Opinion Piece by Vali Nasr in The Christian Science Monitor
    The Christian Science Monitor
    The Christian Science Monitor is an international newspaper published daily online, Monday to Friday, and weekly in print. It was started in 1908 by Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist. As of 2009, the print circulation was 67,703.The CSM is a newspaper that covers...

     on the challenges facing the U.S.-Pakistan relationship.
  • Musharraf Fears Democracy Not Extremism Opinion Piece by Vali Nasr in The Christian Science Monitor
    The Christian Science Monitor
    The Christian Science Monitor is an international newspaper published daily online, Monday to Friday, and weekly in print. It was started in 1908 by Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist. As of 2009, the print circulation was 67,703.The CSM is a newspaper that covers...

     on the challenges facing the U.S.-Pakistan relationship.
  • Get Iran Inside the Tent Opinion Piece by Vali Nasr and Ray Takeyh in International Herald Tribune
    International Herald Tribune
    The International Herald Tribune is a widely read English language international newspaper. It combines the resources of its own correspondents with those of The New York Times and is printed at 38 sites throughout the world, for sale in more than 160 countries and territories...

     on U.S.-Iran relations.
  • The Iran Option That Isn't on the Table Opinion piece by Vali Nasr and Ray Takeyh
    Ray Takeyh
    Ray Takeyh, PhD is an Iranian-American Middle East scholar, former United States Department of State official, and a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University....

     in the Washington Post on how the integration of Iran into the Global Economy is more important and effective in democratizing Iran than Containment and support of dissidents (February 8, 2007)
  • What We Can Learn From Britain About Iran Opinion Piece by Vali Nasr and Ray Takeyh
    Ray Takeyh
    Ray Takeyh, PhD is an Iranian-American Middle East scholar, former United States Department of State official, and a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University....

     in the New York Times on U.S.-Iran relation
  • Sects and Violence Opinion Piece by Vali Nasr in the New York Times on sectarian violence in Iraq
  • Foxes in Iran's Henhouse Opinion Piece by Vali Nasr and Ali Gheissari in the New York Times on political rise of the Revolutionary Guards in Iran
  • Iran on Its Heels Opinion Piece by Vali Nasr in The Washington Post
    The Washington Post
    The Washington Post is Washington, D.C.'s largest newspaper and its oldest still-existing paper, founded in 1877. Located in the capital of the United States, The Post has a particular emphasis on national politics. D.C., Maryland, and Virginia editions are printed for daily circulation...

     on Iran's role in Iraq
  • Obama is Right About Talking to Iran in The Wall Street Journal
    The Wall Street Journal
    The Wall Street Journal is an American English-language international daily newspaper. It is published in New York City by Dow Jones & Company, a division of News Corporation, along with the Asian and European editions of the Journal....

    on Implications of Engaging Iran for America's Russia Policy