Vali Nasr

As for attempting to rein in Iran, that could prove both counterproductive and unnecessary.

Named one of the most powerful Democrats on U.S. foreign policy by the Foreign Policy magazine, Tehran-born Vali Nasr is a renowned expert on foreign policy and on the politics and social development of the Middle East and the Muslim world. He is Dean of The Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., senior fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings Institution, and a member of the U.S. State Department's Foreign Policy Advisory Board.

Nasr has advised senior American policy makers, world leaders, and businesses, including presidents and vice presidents, senior cabinet secretaries of both parties, senior members of the Congress, congressional committees, military leaders, and presidential campaigns. From 2009 to 2011 Nasr served as senior advisor to the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke.

He taught international politics at the Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, University of San Diego, and served as a senior fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and on the faculties of the Naval Postgraduate School, Stanford University, and the University of California, San Diego.

Nasr is the best-selling author of numerous books, including The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam will Shape the Future; and Democracy in Iran: History and the Quest for Liberty. Two of his most recent books, The Shia Revival and Forces of Fortune, correctly predicted major world events, such as postwar sectarian violence in Iraq and the surge of the Arab Spring.

He is also a columnist for Bloomberg View and has written for The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, The New Republic, Newsweek, Time, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. He has been widely interviewed on Middle East issues and has provided expert commentary on CNN, NBC, NPR and PBS and has been a guest on Larry King Live, the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, and GPS with Fareed Zakaria.