Vali Nasr

Vali R. Nasr, Ph.D. is the Dean and a Professor of International Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. A Middle East scholar, foreign policy adviser and commentator on international relations whose two most recent books, Forces of Fortune and The Shia Revival, foresaw the postwar sectarian violence in Iraq and the uprisings known as the Arab Spring and contributed to U.S. policy formulated in response to those events; prior to being named SAIS dean, was a professor of international politics at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; from 2009 to 2011, was special adviser to the president’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan; served on the faculties of the Naval Postgraduate School, Stanford University, the University of California, San Diego and the University of San Diego; was a Carnegie Scholar and a senior fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and an adjunct senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations; currently a senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution, a member of the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board, and a director of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the National Democratic Institute; is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations; Ph.D., political science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

PublicationsForces of Fortune: The Rise of the New Muslim Middle Class and What It Will Mean for Our World (2009); Democracy in Iran: History and the Quest for Liberty, co-author (2006); The Shia Revival: How Conflicts Within Islam Will Shape the Future (2006); Islamic Leviathan: Islam and the Making of State Power (2001); Mawdudi and the Making of Islamic Revivalism (1996); The Vanguard of the Islamic Revolution: Jama’at-i Islami of Pakistan (1994); numerous articles in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs and other publications. (Source: Johns Hopkins SAIS website)

The Middle East: Can there be Another Dubai? – A Response by Kevin Lee

Forces of Fortune – A Response by Shira Service