There is no greater concern in U.S. foreign policy today than managing relations with the Muslim world, and understanding the role Islam plays in politics. From the global war on terror, and the war in Iraq, to elections in the Palestinian territories, violent protests in Europe, and renewed radicalism in Iran, Muslim politics continue to dominate foreign policy discussions. To understand Islam's complex relations to politics and to make sense of where developments in the Muslim world fit in US foreign policy, there is no better person to turn to than Vali Nasr.
Nasr is one of the world's leading experts on the Islamic world and Muslim politics. He has advised senior policy makers, members of Congress, and leading executives in the private sector. As a consultant to the Department of State and USAID, he has provided expert testimony to the U.S. Senate on the Muslim world and is a major influence on ongoing public debates on such critical issues as Islam and democracy, Islamic extremism and anti-Americanism, America's relations with Iran and the war in Iraq.
A professor and associated chair of research at the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School and Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, Nasr is the author of several important books on politics and Islam, most recently, Democracy in Iran and The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam will Shape the Future.
Nasr's singular understanding of conflicts within Islam and their potential global effects has not gone unnoticed; he has been awarded grants from the MacArthur Foundation, The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council. He was recently named a 2006 Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Corporation.