US Foreign Policy in the Middle East and What it Means for Asia
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Luncheon Presentation by Vali Nasr, Dean, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
In the past four years American foreign policy's focus has shifted. It has rebalanced its strategic outlook away from the Middle East towards Asia. However, historic changes in the Middle East coupled with growing energy and economic relations between Asia and the Middle East present the United States with new challenges. Developments in Egypt and Syria, a new president in Iran, and aftermaths of U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan provide a radically different context for American foreign policy in both the Middle East and East Asia. Renowned Middle East expert, Vali Nasr will discuss U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and what it means for Asia.
Vali R. Nasr is a Middle East scholar, foreign policy adviser and commentator on international relations whose most recent book, The Dispensable Nation, deals with the implications of the Obama administration’s foreign policy on American strategic interests. Prior to his appointment as SAIS dean, he was a professor of international politics at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Dean Nasr was special adviser to the president's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2009 to 2011, and has served on the faculties of the Naval Postgraduate School, Stanford University, the University of California, San Diego and the University of San Diego. Dean Nasr was a Carnegie Scholar and 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. He is currently a member of the US State Department's Foreign Affairs Policy Board and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Dean Nasr received his Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.