Vali Nasr

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Vali Reza Nasr
8th Dean of Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Incumbent
Assumed office
July 1, 2012 (2012-07-01)
Preceded byJessica P. Einhorn
Personal details
BornSeyyed Vali Reza Nasr
(1960-12-20) December 20, 1960 (age 52)
Tehran, Iran
Spouse(s)Darya Ahyaie
Children3
Alma materTufts University
MIT
ProfessionProfessor
ReligionIslam
WebsiteSAIS Leadership
 
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Vali Reza Nasr
8th Dean of Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Incumbent
Assumed office
July 1, 2012 (2012-07-01)
Preceded byJessica P. Einhorn
Personal details
BornSeyyed Vali Reza Nasr
(1960-12-20) December 20, 1960 (age 52)
Tehran, Iran
Spouse(s)Darya Ahyaie
Children3
Alma materTufts University
MIT
ProfessionProfessor
ReligionIslam
WebsiteSAIS Leadership

Vali Reza Nasr (Persian: ولی‌ رضا نصر‎, born 20 December 1960 in Tehran) is a leading expert on the Middle East, a best-selling author, Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings Institution, and contributor to Bloomberg View.

He taught at the The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University, University of San Diego and the Naval Postgraduate School and was a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center at Harvard University, as well as Stanford University and University of California, San Diego prior to being appointed dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in March 2012.[1]

Nasr is a member of the State Department's Foreign Affairs Policy Board, and served as senior advisor to the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke between 2009 and 2011, and is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Vali Nasr is one of America’s leading experts on the Islamic world and Middle East policies. He is internationally renowned and has influenced critical public debates and policy decisions in both the U.S. and Europe. He is the author of the groundbreaking book The Dispensable Nation (2013), which takes a hard look at strategic risk of a shrinking American role on the global stage. His two previous books, Shia Revival (2006) and Forces of Fortune (2009) correctly foretold of sectarian conflict following the Iraq War and the potential for an Arab Spring. He has testified before the U.S. Senate on issues relating to the Middle East, advised presidents, senior policy makers, and members of the Congress. He has been featured on the front page of the 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.

Nasr 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 Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA). He has received grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council.

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Biography

Son of renown Iranian academic Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Vali Nasr was born in Tehran in 1960, went to school in England at age 16, and immigrated to the U.S. after the 1979 Revolution. He received his BA from Tufts University in International Relations summa cum laude. He earned his masters in International Economics and Middle East Studies from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1984, then went on to earn his PhD in Political Science from MIT in 1991.[2]

Publications

Nasr is a political scientist by training and has focused on comparative politics and international relations of the Middle East. He is the author of The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat, 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 worked on U.S. foreign policy in the Muslim world, politics and Islamic activism in Pakistan, and on politics in Iran and the Arab world. His work on the role of states in Islamization and evolution of democratic ideas in the Muslim world presented new analysis. He has been engaged in debates in the Muslim world 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. Nasr has also written numerous articles in academic journals and encyclopedias, many of which 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 ABC 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 appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on 1 August 2006[3] and the 22 September 2009.[4]

Personal life

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

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