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Vali R. Nasr

The New York Times

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Past articles by Vali:

The Wrong Track for Confronting Iran

The Arab Middle East is far too weakened and divided to support a Trump administration strategy for containing the Islamic republic’s ambitions. → Read More

Iranians do want regime change — but not the kind Washington hawks are pushing

They saw the nuclear deal as a first step toward reform. → Read More

Trump said we’ve nearly wiped out ISIS. Here’s what actually happened.

The forces that animated the Islamic State haven't changed. → Read More

A Saudi Murder Becomes a Gift to Iran

The assassination of a journalist has further hurt the Trump administration’s frail strategy of buddying with Saudi Arabia to restrain Iran’s expanding influence. → Read More

Trump's 'Maximum-Pressure' Strategy for North Korea and Iran Will Fail

The combined might of punishing sanctions, diplomatic isolation, or even the threat of war won’t compel surrender from North Korea and Iran. → Read More

Trump's North Korea strategy won't go far with Iran

A U.S. exit from the Iran deal makes an Iranian nuclear weapons program more likely. → Read More

Vali Nasr

Vali Nasr is Dean and Professor of International Affairs at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and the author of The Shia Revival and The Dispensable Nation. → Read More

The Iran Regime-Change Crew Is Back

That probably spells doom for the nuclear deal. → Read More

The Iran Regime-Change Crew Is Back

The Iran Regime-Change Crew Is Back By Vali Nasr April 26, 2018 Among the most strident critics of the nuclear deal with Iran are those who believe it furthers the survival of its leadership. By throwing Iran’s rulers an economic lifeline, they believe, the deal is an abject failure. America’s goal, they say, should never have been “denuclearization,” but regime change. These days, those… → Read More

Vali Nasr

Vali Nasr is Dean and Professor of International Affairs at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and the author of The Shia Revival and The Dispensable Nation. → Read More

Trump is about to make the defining mistake of his foreign policy

Undoing the Iran nuclear deal will stall reform in Iran and hurt U.S. standing abroad. → Read More

Trump’s Gift to Putin in the Mideast

Russia has been solidifying its influence in an incendiary region on the back of a presidential misstep that divided America’s own allies. → Read More

Rex Tillerson’s Russian Mission Impossible

The secretary of state is expected to use his visit to Moscow this week to demand Russia break with Assad. This is wishful thinking. → Read More

Rex Tillerson’s Russian Mission Impossible

Rex Tillerson’s Russian Mission Impossible By Vali Nasr April 11, 2017 By punishing Syria for its use of chemical weapons, President Donald Trump effectively broke with Barack Obama’s foreign policy toward the Middle East. In a bit of irony for a committed anti-interventionist, Trump enforced Obama’s red line in Syria against the use of chemical weapons, ending the U.S. prohibition on military… → Read More

Trump's Big Test in the Middle East

The president-elect will encounter a region convulsed by change. → Read More

Trump’s Big Test in the Middle East

Trump’s Big Test in the Middle East By Vali Nasr November 28, 2016 After decades of global stability, anxiety and unpredictability are now ubiquitous. A vacuum of American leadership is eroding long-standing alliances and emboldening challengers to the international order. Nowhere is this trend more evident than in the Middle East. The region’s conflagrations, its array of power-brokers, old… → Read More

A Russian-Iranian Axis

Moscow’s use of an Iranian air base to bomb Syria is a sign of a broad new threat to Mideast stability. → Read More

The War for Islam

Since the Iraq War, sectarian conflict between Shiites and Sunnis has emerged as a major fissure in Middle East politics -- fueling conflicts in Lebanon,… → Read More

Why did Iran sign on to a deal that will weaken its regional hold?

Contrary to what opponents say, the nuclear agreement has weakened Iran and strengthened its rivals. → Read More

Saudis Should Welcome the Iran Deal

What the Arabs need is time to get their house in order. An accord would give them the opportunity to do so. → Read More