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01/30/09

NIAC welcomes appointment of Iranian American Vali Nasr to Obama Administration

Written by NIAC

 


Vali Nasr

The National Iranian American Council welcomes Iranian-American Professor Vali Nasr's appointment as senior advisor to special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, which he has confirmed to Foreign Policy magazine, and we congratulate Dr. Nasr on his upcoming role in the Obama administration.

 

Throughout his campaign, election and transition, President Obama made clear his intention to bring change to the way government operates; for those who long to see greater Iranian-American participation at the highest levels of our government, the news of Dr. Nasr's appointment is truly change we can believe in. 

 

As a scholar on the Middle East and South Asia, Dr. Nasr has distinguished himself as among the most knowledgeable and forward-thinking experts anywhere.  For the Iranian-American community, his appointment is particularly encouraging because of his proven track record of promoting sound diplomatic strategy regarding Iran, and for his ardent opposition to military confrontation.

 

The challenges posed by terrorism and instability in Afghanistan, as well as nuclear proliferation and extremism in Pakistan, cannot be overcome without a comprehensive regional approach; and it is a testament to Dr. Nasr's vision for resolving such conflicts that President Obama and Ambassador Holbrooke have selected him to serve in this critical capacity.

 

The Iranian-American community is encouraged by the opportunity presented by Dr. Nasr's appointment, and we at NIAC look forward to working with him as America enters a new era of global engagement.

About: Vali Nasr is a professor at the Naval Postgraduate School and Senior Adjunct Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Born in Iran, he now lives in La Jolla, California. He is the author of The Shia Revival, The Islamic Leviathan, Democracy in Iran, The Vanguard of the Islamic Revolution: The Jama`at-i Islami of Pakistan, and Mawdudi and the Making of Islamic Revivalism. His has work on Islamic activism in Pakistan, and more recently also on Iran and the Arab World. His work on the role of states in Islamization and evolution of new democratic ideas in the Muslim world presented new analysis.


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