Vali Nasr

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Vali Nasr

Vali Nasr is Dean and Professor of International Relations at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and author of the groundbreaking book The Dispensable Nation , which takes a hard look at strategic risk of a shrinking American role on the global stage. He 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.

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 as Senior Advisor to U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke. Vali 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. In 2013, he became a NY Times Op-Ed contributor.

His two previous books, the New York Times best-seller Shia Revival (2006), and Forces of Fortune (2009) correctly foretold of sectarian conflict following Iraq war and the potential for an Arab Spring.



  • A G-2 World

    The future seems to be shifting to a G-2 world- US and China emerging as global superpower rivals. The competition between the two is expected to play itself out in East Asia which accounts for 40% of world's GDP and by 2025 is expected to account for the largest share of global GDP. The rivalry is unfolding over security, cyber-security and free trade. But it is energy that is setting the real context for global rivalry, and that focuses it on the Middle East and Central Asia. Two themes are driving global strategy: American energy independence and China's growing energy dependence. These themes are driving the two countries' economic outlook and geostrategic policies-from investment in key regions of the world to domination over key energy hubs and transportation routes. The competition will also decide the future of Europe in the global economy.

  • The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat

    Former State Department advisor for Afghanistan and Pakistan and bestselling author Nasr delivers a sharp indictment of America's flawed foreign policy and outlines a new relationship with the Muslim world and with new players in the changing Middle East... MORE →


  • NY Times Op-Ed: America Mustn’t Be Na├»ve About Iran
  • Video: NY Times
  • Bloomberg View Contributor
  • NY Times Coverage
  • Listen: NPR Morning Edition
  • PBS Newshour Video Segment
  • Foreign Policy Article
  • Washington Post Coverage
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