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Vali R. Nasr

Majid Khadduri Professor of Middle East Studies and International Affairs

About

Vali Nasr is the Majid Khadduri Professor of International Affairs and Middle East Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University. Between 2012 and 2019 he served as the Dean of the School, and between 2009 and 2011 as Senior Advisor to U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke between 2009 and 2011.
 
He is the author of The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat; Forces of Fortune: The Rise of a New Middle Class and How it Will Change Our World; The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam will Shape the Future; Democracy in Iran: History and the Quest for Liberty; Islamic Leviathan, Islam and the Making of State Power; Mawdudi and the Making of Islamic Revivalism; and Vanguard of Islamic Revolution: Jama’at-i Islami of Pakistan; and numerous articles in scholarly journals.
 
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 New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.
 
He is a member of International Board of Advisors of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University, the International Board of Advisors at the American University of Beirut, and the Board of Advisors of Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. 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.
 
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.
 

Expertise

Regions

  • Iran
  • Middle East
  • Pakistan
  • South Asia

Topics

  • American Foreign Policy
  • International Relations
  • Islamic Religion, Culture and Law
  • Nation-building and Democratization

Languages

  • Persian

In the News

Trump’s losing blame game.

Vali Nasr wrote in Project Syndicate, 3/30

Trump’s ‘Disaster Diplomacy’ has so far had few results.

Vali Nasr quoted in The New York Times, 3/26

Afghanistan might 'collapse into civil war'.

Vali Nasr interviewed on CNN, 3/6

A new nuclear deal won’t secure the Middle East.

Vali Nasr wrote in Foreign Affairs, 2/7

The Middle East’s new eruption.

Narges Bajoghli and Vali Nasr interviewed on Project Syndicate’s Opinion Has It podcast, 1/21

The wrong track for confronting Iran.

Vali Nasr wrote in The New York Times, 1/20

‘Death to the dictator’: What is Iran’s future?

Vali Nasr quoted in Los Angeles Times, 1/14

U.S. imposes new sanctions on Iran.

Vali Nasr interviewed on Bloomberg, 1/10

Did Trump do the right thing with Iran?

Vali Nasr cited in The New York Times, 1/9

Trump’s inaccurate statements about the conflict with Iran.

Vali Nasr quoted in The New York Times, 1/8

How dangerous is the situation between Iran and the U.S.?

Vali Nasr interviewed on Al Jazeera, 1/8

Assassination of Suleimani 'pulverizes' U.S. influence in Middle East.

Narges Bajoghli, Vali Nasr, and Sarah Parkinson highlighted in Johns Hopkins HUB, 1/6

The nightmare stage of Trump’s rule is here.

Vali Nasr quoted in The New York Times, 1/6

Iranians close ranks behind leaders.

Vali Nasr quoted in The Straits Times, 1/6

Iran lacks allies in confronting the U.S.

Vali Nasr quoted in The Wall Street Journal, 1/5

Making of a martyr: How Qassem Suleimani was hunted down.

Vali Nasr quoted in The Guardian, 1/5

Vali Nasr quoted in The New York Times, 1/4

Vali Nasr interviewed on MSNBC, 1/4

The meaning of Qasem Soleimani’s death in the Middle East.

Vali Nasr interviewed in The New Yorker, 1/3

Qasem Soleimani: Who was Iran’s powerful military leader?

Vali Nasr cited in The Washington Post, 1/3

Trump warns Iran as risk of wider armed conflict grows.

Vali Nasr quoted in The New York Times, 12/31

How U.S. airstrikes could affect ongoing tensions with Iran.

Vali Nasr interviewed on PBS NewsHour, 12/30

Saudis may fund protests in Lebanon and Iraq.

Vali Nasr interviewed by Tehran Times, 12/23

Talk with Iran now. Time is fleeting.

Vali Nasr wrote in The New York Times, 12/19

Iran’s bloody crackdown could mark a historic turning point.

Vali Nasr cited in The Washington Post, 12/4

Iraq’s quiet kingmaker brings down a prime minister.

Vali Nasr quoted in The National Interest, 12/2

Global protest in season of discontent.

Vali Nasr interviewed on CNN International, 11/18

This is 'Arab Spring 2.0'.

Vali Nasr interviewed on CNN International, 11/4

Globally, people are taking their discontent to the streets.

Vali Nasr interviewed on PBS NewsHour, 11/3

How will the success of the U.S. raid impact Middle East relations?

Vali Nasr interviewed on PBS NewsHour, 10/27

Vali Nasr quoted in The New York Times, 10/23

Vali Nasr quoted in The New York Times, 10/23

Macron says Trump-Rouhani talks could happen within weeks.

Vali Nasr quoted in The Guardian, 8/26

Debate flares over Afghanistan as Trump considers troop withdrawal.

Vali Nasr quoted in The New York Times, 8/16

China-U.S. Focus Trade and Economic Relations Forum.

Vali Nasr interviewed for China U.S. Focus, 8/10

As U.S.-Iran tensions escalate, is any room left for negotiations?

Vali Nasr quoted in National Catholic Reporter, 7/16

Trump’s Iran strategy is helping China.

Vali Nasr wrote in The Atlantic, 7/12

Iran says it's broken the terms of 2015 nuclear deal.

Vali Nasr interviewed on Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio AM, 7/2

Trump’s tanker escort plans to counter Iran have unclear goal.

Vali Nasr quoted in The New York Times, 6/28

Backed into a corner, Iran is lashing out.

Vali Nasr quoted in The Economist, 6/22

Iran shoots down an American drone.

Vali Nasr interviewed on NPR 1A, 6/20

Who gets to decide about war with Iran?

Vali Nasr cited in Tribune News Service, 5/20

U.S. national security adviser pushing hard line on Iran.

Vali Nasr interviewed on CNN International Hala Gorani Tonight, 5/16

International expert says Trump administration must prove Iran is a serious threat.

Vali Nasr interviewed on NPR All Things Considered, 5/15

U.S. cites increasing threats from Iran; allies skeptical.

Vali Nasr interviewed on CNN International’s CNN Today, 5/15

China. Iran. North Korea. Venezuela. Foreign policy tests mount for Trump.

Vali Nasr quoted in The Wall Street Journal, 5/9

Bolton, Iran, and hegemonic hubris.

Vali Nasr cited in LobeLog, 5/8

Trump’s Iran policy is not changing the regime’s actions.

Vali Nasr quoted in Bloomberg Businessweek, 4/22

War of the worlds.

Vali Nasr interviewed on NPR Throughline podcast, 4/18

G7 economies have split views on the BRI.

Vali Nasr cited in China Internet Information Center, 4/10

America in decline.

Vali Nasr interviewed on TRT World Bigger than Five, 3/13

India and Pakistan edge closer towards conflict.

Vali Nasr interviewed on WBEZ Worldview, 3/5

Pakistan set to secure funding from Saudi Arabia and the IMF.

Vali Nasr quoted in Financial Times, 2/12

JS Bank hosts session with Prof Vali Nasr.

Vali Nasr highlighted in The International News, 2/9

U.S. keen to wash its hands of Afghanistan.

Vali Nasr cited in Dawn, 2/2