Vali Nasr

Vali Nasr

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Vali Reza Nasr (, born 1960) is a leading academic and influential expert on the Muslim world issues, and best-selling author and commentator on MIddle East affairs and Islamic politics. He is a Professor of International Politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University and a columnist with Bloomberg View.

An expert in contemporary Middle Eastern affairs and Islam and politics, in January, 2006, Nasr was named the Adjunct Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonpartisan think-tank focusing on foreign policy. He was also a Senior Fellow with The Dubai Initiative, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University between 2007 and 2009. He was named Carnegie Scholar in 2006.

Between 2009 and 2011 he served in the Obama administration as Senior Advisor to Richard Holbrooke, the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.


He was born in 1960 in Tehran. He was educated at Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and MIT, where he received his Ph.D. in political science in 1991.


Nasr is the author of 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 work on...
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