Tuesday 9 February 2021


Prof Vali Nasr

Professor of International Affairs and Middle East Studies, Johns Hopkins University

US Foreign Policy in the Middle East

In conversation with Professor Eugene Rogan of Oxford University, Vali will discuss US foreign policy towards the Middle East and prospects for US-Iran relations in the midst of shifting regional alliances.  He will also cover political Islam, the importance of sectarian identity and the rise of Shia politics in the Middle East.

Professor Vali Nasr

Vali is the Majid Khadduri Professor of International Affairs and Middle East Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University. Between 2012 and 2019 he served as the Dean of the School, and between 2009 and 2011 as Senior Advisor to U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke.

He is the author of numerous books including The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat and The New York Times bestseller, The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam will Shape the Future.

He has advised senior American policy makers, world leaders and businesses including the President, Secretary of State, senior members of the Congress and presidential campaigns and has written for The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

Professor Eugene Rogan

Eugene is Director of the Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. He has a B.A. in economics from Columbia, and an M.A. and PhD in Middle Eastern history from Harvard. He taught at Boston College and Sarah Lawrence College before taking up his post in Oxford in 1991, where he teaches the modern history of the Middle East to both undergraduates and graduates as well as providing DPhil supervision. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2017.

He is a an award winning author, recent titles including  The Arabs: A History and The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East 1914-1920.

"A leading world authority on Shia Islam"

The Economist