Vali Nasr is Dean and Professor of International Politics at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. He is the author of The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat, Forces of Fortune: How the Rise of a Muslim Middle Class Can Change Our World, The Shia Revival and Democracy in Iran. He has served as a columnist for the New York Times and Bloomberg View; and has written on Iran and the Middle East for Foreign Affairs, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and the Atlantic among other publications. Prior to being named Dean of Johns Hopkins SAIS, Nasr was a professor of international politics at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. From 2009 to 2011, he was the special adviser to the President’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan; he served on the faculties of the Naval Postgraduate School, Stanford University, the University of California, San Diego and the University of San Diego; he was a Carnegie scholar and a senior fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He also served as 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. Nasr is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He received a PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.