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April 4, 2014

Global
A Conversation with Vali Nasr

Vali Nasr discusses the role of diversity in international affairs.

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April 3, 2020

Coronavirus
How Jihadi Groups in Africa Will Exploit COVID-19

As the COVID-19 outbreak begins to spread in earnest in Africa, we can expect so-called jihadi groups on the continent to try to take advantage of the crisis to unleash violence and recruit members. We are already seeing indications that this has started happening. Governments, development workers, and aid agencies need to be made aware of this threat and take steps to deny these brutal militias more room to operate.

A soldier carrying a rifle in military fatigues observes temperature checks at the border between Abuja and Nasarawa states in Nigeria, as the authorities try to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), on March 30, 2020.

March 3, 2011

Egypt
’Big Differences’ between Egypt and Iran Revolutions

Vali Nasr, Professor of International Politics at the Fletcher School, Tufts University, compares Egypt’s 2011 uprising to the 1979 Iranian revolution and 2009 Iranian Green Movement.

August 20, 2009

Middle East and North Africa
Forces of Fortune

Forces of Fortune reveals that there is a vital but unseen rising force in the Islamic world—a new business-minded middle class—that is building a vibrant new Muslim world economy and that holds the …

January 28, 2020

Religion
Shia-Sunni Relations and the Implications of the Killing of Qasem Soleimani

Vali R. Nasr, Majid Khadduri professor of Middle East studies and international affairs at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, discusses Shia-Sunni relations and the implicati…

Podcast

January 16, 2007

Middle East and North Africa
Prepared Testimony before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Since 2003 Shia-Sunni conflict has emerged as a major divide in Middle East politics, and radically changed the regional context for U.S. policy. Sectarian violence is no longer just limited to Iraq,…

August 1, 2006

Iran
The Shia Revival

An editors' choice pick in the New York Times, which calls the book "a fast-moving, engaging, and ultimately unnerving book." As nations around the world struggle with the threat of militant Islam…

May 18, 2006

Iran
Testimony Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Iran today presents a serious foreign policy challenge to the United States. The growing prominence of security concerns: escalation of tensions over Iran’s continued development of a nuclear capabil…

December 5, 2007

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Media Conference Call: Vali R. Nasr and Ray Takeyh on Iran (Audio)

Listen to Vali R. Nasr and Ray Takeyh discuss their Foreign Affairs article, "The Costs of Containing Iran," and U.S. policy toward Iran following the findings of the National Intelligence Estimate r…

Podcast

January 31, 2006

United States
Vali Nasr, Leading Specialist on Political Islam, Joins Council as Adjunct Senior Fellow

January 31, 2006—Professor Vali Nasr, a leading expert on Islam who specializes in political and social developments in the Muslim world, has joined the Council as an adjunct senior fellow in Middle …