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2007 (continued)

December 6, 2007

"Get Tehran Inside of the Tent"

Op-Ed, International Herald Tribune

By Vali Nasr and Ray Takeyh

Dialogue, compromise and commerce, as difficult as they maybe, are a means of providing Tehran with incentives to commit itself to regional stability. Instead of militarizing the Gulf and forming up shaky alliances on Iran's periphery, Washington should move toward a local security system featuring all the regional actors.

 

 

December 5, 2007

The Shifting Balance of Power

Media Feature

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor, Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative, Vali Nasr and Ashton B. Carter, Former Co-Director, Preventive Defense Project, Harvard & Stanford Universities

"The Middle East: Between Progress and Conflict," an inaugural conference jointly hosted by The Dubai Initiative and the Dubai School of Government, was held on November 8, 2007 at the Kennedy School of Government.

Panel I: The Shifting Balance of Power was chaired by Joseph Nye and featured the following presentions, followed by a Q&A:

  1. America and the Arab World - Rami Khouri
  2. Contending with Iran's Regional Role - Vali Nasr
  3. Challenges of Nuclear Proliferation - Ashton Carter
 

 

Winter 2007/2008

Issues of War and Peace in the Middle East: A Few Remarks

Media Feature

By Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School, Tarik Yousef, Former Senior Fellow, The Dubai Initiative, Vali Nasr, Nabil Ali Alyousuf and Lakhdar Brahimi

"The Middle East: Between Progress and Conflict," an inaugural conference jointly hosted by The Dubai Initiative and the Dubai School of Government, was held on November 8, 2007 at the Kennedy School of Government.

The conference opened with remarks by Graham Allison, Nabil Ali Alyousuf, Tarik Yousef, and Vali Nasr. Lakhdar Brahimi, former Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General, opened the conference with his keynote speech, "Issues of War and Peace in the Middle East: A Few Remarks."

 

 

AP Photo

November 5, 2007

"Musharraf fears democracy, not extremism"

Op-Ed, Christian Science Monitor

By Vali Nasr

Since 9/11, Washington has embraced Musharraf as an ally in the war on terror and the bulwark against extremism in Pakistan. But Musharraf's Pakistan has not lived up to expectations. Pakistan's contribution to fighting Al Qaeda is open to question; the Taliban hiding in Pakistan are terrorizing southern Afghanistan; and in Pakistan, there is now more violence, extremism, and instability than when Musharraf took over in 1999.

 

 

AP Photo

October 25, 2007

"Showdown with Iran"

Media Feature

By Vali Nasr

As Iraq descends into into chaoes and civil war, its neighbor--Iran--is on the rise as one of America's greatest threats and most puzzling foreign policy challenges.

 

 

July 20, 2007

How to Squeeze Jihadi Culture Out of Pakistan

Magazine or Newspaper Article, Christian Science Monitor

By Vali Nasr

Putting faith in President Musharraf hasn't worked. But here's what the US can do.

 

 

May/June 2007

Who Wins In Iraq?

Magazine or Newspaper Article, Foreign Policy

By Vali Nasr

After nearly 25 years of wrestling with Saddam Hussein, Iran’s Shiite rulers have the war to thank for their newfound power.

 

 

April 5, 2007

What We Can Learn From Britain About Iran

Op-Ed, New York Times

By Vali Nasr

Through the capture of and subsequent announcement that it would release 15 British sailors and marines, the Islamic Republic of Iran sent its adversaries a pointed message: just as Iran will meet confrontation with confrontation, it will respond to what it perceives as flexibility with pragmatism. This message is worth heeding as the United States and Iran seem to be moving inexorably toward conflict.

 

 

February 8, 2007

The Iran Option That Isn't On the Table

Magazine or Newspaper Article, Washington Post

By Vali Nasr

As Iran crosses successive nuclear demarcations and mischievously intervenes in Iraq, the question of how to address the Islamic republic is once more preoccupying Washington. Economic sanctions, international ostracism, military strikes and even support for hopeless exiles are all contemplated with vigor and seriousness. One option, however, is rarely assessed: engagement as a means of achieving a more pluralistic and responsible government in Tehran.

 

2006

December 19, 2006

Behind the Rise of the Shi'ites

Magazine or Newspaper Article, Time.com

By Vali Nasr

The most significant challenge facing the U.S. in an increasingly unstable Middle East today is understanding the rise of the Shi'ites across the region.

 

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