Vali Nasr

Dean of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University

U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East at a Turning Point

About the Speaker

Vali Nasr is the Dean of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University and a contributor to Bloomberg View. He is a member of the Foreign Affairs Policy Board of the U.S. Department of State. He served as Senior Advisor to U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke between 2009 and 2011. He has previously served as Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and Senior Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

He is the author of the Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in RetreatForces of Fortune: The Rise of a New Middle Class and How it Will Change Our WorldThe New York Times best-seller The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam will Shape the Future; andDemocracy in Iran: History and the Quest for Liberty; as well as a number of other books and numerous articles in academic journals and encyclopedias.

He has advised senior American policy makers, world leaders, and businesses including the President, Secretary of State, senior members of the Congress, and presidential campaigns, and has written for The New York TimesForeign AffairsFinancial TimesForeign Policy,Los Angeles TimesThe Wall Street Journaland The Washington Post, and has provided frequent expert commentary to CNN, National Public Radio, Newshour, ABC, CBS, NBC, and has been a guest on the Charlie Rose Show and Meet the PressLarry King Live, theDaily Show with Jon Stewart, and The Colbert Report.

He is a member of Board of Trustees of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and National Democratic Institute; and 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.

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 and Diplomacy in international economics and Middle East studies in 1984, and his PhD from MIT in political science in 1991.