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Dean's Discussion: Vali Nasr

The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat

Vali Nasr

Date: Tuesday, September 9
Time: 3:30-5:00pm
Location: Abramson Family Founders Room
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Hashtag: #SISevent

Dr. Vali Nasr is Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He 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. His earlier books, Forces of Fortune and The Shia Revival, examined the postwar sectarian violence in Iraq and the uprisings known as the Arab Spring. Prior to being named dean, he was a professor of 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.

The cover of Dr. Vali Nasr's book, The Dispensable Nation

The Dispensable Nation is a game changer for America as it charts a course in the Muslim world, Asia, and beyond. Vali Nasr shows how the Obama administration missed its chance to improve U.S. relations with the Middle East by continuing to pursue its predecessor’s questionable strategies there. Nasr takes readers behind the scenes at the State Department and reveals how the specter of terrorism and the new administration’s fear of political backlash crippled diplomatic efforts to boost America’s foundering credibility with world leaders. Meanwhile, the true economic threats, China and Russia, were quietly expanding their influence in the region. Nasr argues that, as a result of the flawed U.S. strategy, a second Arab Spring is brewing—not a hopeful clamor for democracy, but rage at the United States for its foreign policy of drones and assassinations.



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