American University of Beirut


Vali Nasr, PhD

​Dr. Nasr is a Middle East scholar, author, foreign policy adviser, and a commentator on international relations. He is a former dean and professor of international affairs at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Before joining Johns Hopkins University-SAIS, Dr. Nasr taught international politics at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. From 2009 to 2011, he was special adviser to the president’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He has been a Carnegie Scholar, a senior fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, an adjunct senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and a Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution. Dr. Nasr served as a member of the US Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board between 2011 and 2016, and is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has authored several books on foreign policy, Iraq, and on the Arab Spring. Dr. Nasr earned his doctorate in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.​

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