Fri, 7 April 2017
Vali Nasr is dean of the School of Advanced International Studies, better known as SAIS, at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of several books including the Shia Revival which predicted the rise of sectarianism in the middle east and Dispensable Nation which critiqued Obama administration policies in the middle east. Nasr served in the Obama administration, working directly under Richard Holbrooke in the State Department's Afghanistan/Pakistan policy office.
Vali was born in Iran, where his father was a high profile academic and university administrator Then, came the revolution. They fled--and that traumatic experience, he says, shaped his intellectual development in ways he is only beginning to understand.
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