Vali Nasr

Seyyed Vali Reza Nasr ( born December 20, 1960 in Tehran ) is an American political scientist, university lecturer, political adviser to the Democratic Party and a fellow of the Brookings Institution. He is considered an expert on the Middle East in general and his native Iran in particular. Like his father, the philosopher Hossein Nasr, he is a Shiite.


Nasr's family had after the Iranian Revolution left the country and emigrated to the United States. He studied politics at the Fletcher School at Tufts University and received his doctorate in 1991 at MIT. Since the 1990s he regularly publishes articles for Foreign Policy and Foreign Affairs, the journal of the Council on Foreign Relations.

2009 to 2011 he worked as a consultant to the U.S. envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, the State Department, since he is Dean of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University. He is a great critic of the reduction of the Middle East commitment of the United States ( "is not going too far to say did American foreign policy Has become completely Call subservient to tactical domestic political considerations .") And is also against the U.S. sanctions against Iran. Even the Europeans are much too passive.

Works (excerpt)

  • Mawdudi and the Making of Islamic revivalism. Oxford University Press, 1996
  • The Islamic Leviathan: Islam and the Making of State Power. Oxford University Press, 2001
  • Democracy in Iran: History and the Quest for Liberty ( co-author ). Oxford University Press, 2006
  • The Shia Revival: How Conflicts Within Islam will Shape the Future. W. W. Norton, 2006
  • Forces of Fortune: The Rise of the New Muslim Middle Class and What It will Mean for Our World. Free Press, 2009 (partly under the titles: The Rise of Islamic Capitalism: Why the New Middle Class is Key to Defeating Extremism and Meccanomics: The March of the New Muslim Middle Class ).
  • 2013 - Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat ( Doubleday )