Vali Nasr

Senior foreign policy adviser to Obama Administration

NIAC -- 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>>>


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Free Spirit

Re: Nioni

by Free Spirit on

I do understand that many people on this website feel that they have been deceived in the past.

They are completely entitled to not only their feelings but experiences.

 However, the experience is not unique to any particular ethnic group. Whether being the one's deceived or being the deceivers.

I do, if I may humbly say believe that one can still have a level of optimism with an equal amount of caution. :o)

I can truly say that I have been there, done that and well learned to be more cautious as well.

 solh va doosti



What a shame!!!

by Khashayaar (not verified) on

All you need to do is to google Vali nasr articles and you will soon find that his close relation to the Islamic republic.

Long Live Iran
Down with islamic republic


To: Free Spirit

by nioni (not verified) on

People believe they have been deceived one too many times !
And believe it or not,they have.
I used to have this same attitude as yours: why
is everyone so negative, why all the hate, why this and that?
And although I still believe there should be more positivity and kindness, well
quite a number of times, I, with my positive attitude have been proven wrong, and I have had to eat crow. --no, that wasn't my issue, I'll admit if I am wrong .
But I supported people(I thought were good), some politicians (I thought were good), theories and .....

Now I support God, and that's it!

If anyone else is what they say they are, they have to prove it, otherwise they are just another.....

default're right on brother

by ali1223 (not verified) on

niac, varjeste and other mullah appeasers are doing champagne toasts right now....although I think nasr is a bright guy, but there is no logic in promoting or prolonging the life of these akhoonds....

akhoonds don't belong in politics.....send em all to mecca and be done with it....

rosie is roxy is roshan

Why Afghanistan and Pakistan?! It makes perfect sense!

by rosie is roxy is roshan on

Obama's a player. He will send a Zionist sympathizer to Iran to give the stick, play tough. So no more wipe off pages of map of the sea and Holocaust cartoon contests...And then he will send a moderate centrist Iranian to Afghanistan and Pakistan, where he needs Iran to become involved anyway (Nato wants to meet with China, Tussia and IRAN on the Afghan/Central Asian situation--terroris, drug trafficking, etc). It will be carrot and stick. Vali will be the carrot.

Just look at this thread He's a shaahi! He's a mullah! He's Captain Kangaroo!

HE'S A MODERATE CENTRIST. An intelligent, reasonable centrist. And he's Iranian. Good choice.

If we get through this hell, this hell of the last few years--two places, two places need to come into their own, Iran and Palestine/Israel--then we'll have a real future for the world. And Iranians will rock & roll. This could be a beginning...


Yaadesh bekheyr

by Ostaad on

The days that the advisors to the US presidnets for Middle East affairs were hand picked by the Israeli lobby.

BTW, Ahamdinejad has his own made in USA advisor. But this one is a strange puppy.




by Anonymous1234 (not verified) on

This is great news.

I Have a Crush on Alex Trebek

Jealousy hinders happiness for another's achievements

by I Have a Crush on Alex Trebek on

These Iranians. So frustrated. They WISH they could have President Obama's ear. 

Congratulations on your many years of work and scholarship. I hope you can be an effective voice for a better Iran-USA relationship. I hope you can help Obama turn up the heat on mullahs and change the view of Iran in the USA. 

Free Spirit

Why must the ............

by Free Spirit on

Iranian of the day be attacked?

An actual Iranian, now has an important position in the current administration.  You would think that there would be more posts of happiness on this thread.


Nader Vanaki

To mahmoudg and masoudA

by Nader Vanaki on

His father had nothing to do with the revolution.  He was the chancellor of Aryamehr University of Technology (now Sharif) and an Islamic scholar.  Besides, the man is well versed in his craft and trade.  In his interviews he has come across as being very articulate and knowledgable about his field.  That is an asset to the current adminsitration, an actual functioning brain!

I Have a Crush on Alex Trebek

Vali Nasr!!! Tell him how Iranians can help the economy

by I Have a Crush on Alex Trebek on

1. Luxury Goodzzzz are #1 for us. Benz, Bently, Vegas, Louis Vuitton never met an Iranian they didn't like. 

2. Visas! We want visas! Free travel to and from iran. Iranians never did a terrorist attack. We need visas to come and go freely. We need access to Booz, strippers, gambling and other nice things like libraries/book shops/ art galleries/freedomy things.

3. Even if they "evade taxes" they usually get caught and end up paying the interest.

Good luck Dr. Nasr!!!!!  


We were all part of the Islamic revolution

by dontblameothers (not verified) on

Islamic revolution and the vote for the Islamic Republic establishment was made by the majority of people in Iran. Once the hardlines took over, so many shifted their positions or moved out of the country and so many of those early supporters were executed or imprisoned. So don't bring up his father.

I think Vali could be a great contributor in restoring relationship with Iran--that's all that matters at this point. However, I can't agree to everything he says. He's a bit biased and conservative with his views. He's sort of iranian in covering up to save Iran's reputation (aberoo). He won't tell the naked truth.

My 2 cents


After 30 years Obama will meet Khamenei

by Jamshid Niavarani IV (not verified) on

30 years ago, I predicted that an American President will meet the Spiritual leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran in person. I said that the Iran-Iraq war will end. I predicted that there would be an Iran-Contra Arms deal. No one believed it. And it all came true. It is simply the best.

Vali Nasr was a Professor for the American Military. The American Military is the best Military in the Universe.

The American Military is the American Government. The Department of Defense.

From day 1 of the Iranian Revolution, February 11, 1979, the American Government the Europeans and 30 million Iranians backed the overthrow of the Iranian Monarchy.

After 30 years, it is high time that Iranians everywhere and everywhere move foreward to helping create a democratic republic in Iran.

Iran must be a country ruled by laws rather than men.

The Shah was a despotic tyrant.

Pahlavi, Mohammad Reza Shah (1919-1980), shah (king) of Iran (1941-1979), whose programs of modernization and Westernization, combined with his dictatorial style of rule, eventually led to his downfall in the Islamic Revolution of 1979.
Microsoft ® Encarta ® Encyclopedia 2005 © 1993-2004 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

By the mid-1970s the shah reigned amidst widespread discontent caused by the continuing repressiveness of his regime, socioeconomic changes that benefited some classes at the expense of others, and the increasing gap between the ruling elite and the disaffected populace. Islamic leaders, particularly the exiled cleric Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, were able to focus this discontent with a populist ideology tied to Islamic principles and calls for the overthrow of the shah. The shah’s government collapsed following widespread uprisings in 1978 and 1979. His regime was succeeded by an Islamic government under Khomeini
Microsoft ® Encarta ® Encyclopedia 2005 © 1993-2004 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

I can't wait for the 11th of February 2009. I will be celebrating big time.

God Bless America.


@Anonymous25897 - neocon much?

by Anonymous23 (not verified) on

It's funny you should say that. You are repeating the same sort of talking points the hawks at washington and israeli firsters have in mind. Who's your paymaster and what does it take to make you people understand that a better US-Iran relation will go very far in trying to achieve what we all have in mind. A free democratic mullah-free power in mind. It's all about gradual change and not bombing people into submission. Such tactics have proven to be great at making more reactionary death-to-america chanting islamists.


So So.. another insider

by shirazie (not verified) on

he flips sides a lot.

Richard Holbrooke, has a lot of experience negotiating with Iranians. Remember the Bosnia Holocaust..

Richard Holbrooke had to kiss IRI ass at that time..

Ross is going to be negotiating with Iran. He is just another Israeli with an America passport.

Nothing is going to change in Mideast.


Shame !!

by masoudA on

Vali Nasr Father - Seyed Hossein Nasr was one of the Architects of the Islamic Revolution in Iran.   No surprise to see his son picked by Obama.   and no surprise to see NIAC pushing for him. 

Sign of things to come under Obama -

God help the oppressed people of Iran.


Monument to Bush shoe-throwing shines at Iraqi orphanage

by Shoe Thrower (not verified) on

Monument to Bush shoe-throwing shines at Iraqi orphanage




by Hassan Danesh (not verified) on

Has he gone with permission before the emperor to have his blessing or not before joining the-obama-the-ali-baba administration?



To MRX1, ghalam-doon, etc.

by Anonymous25897 (not verified) on

Gholam-doon, I think it would have made a lot of sense if Obama had made you the envoy instead.

To MRX1, dear, remember Ronnie Reagan, the great communciator, in 1986-1987, sent a cake, a Koran, etc. to Ruhollah Khomeini along with McFarlane to kiss hiss hands! 23 years later mullahs are still going their naughty mischievous ways! I believe Obama will eventually reach the same conclusion the others did with mullahs but it will take him a while, maybe his entire 4-year term but Israelis will not wait that long specailly with that guy Netanyahu coming aboard again.

I Have a Crush on Alex Trebek

Hurry up and slander him !!! Blame him for all your problems!!

by I Have a Crush on Alex Trebek on

Come on everyone! Pile on!


warmongerers and traitors

by Anonymous22 (not verified) on

warmongerers and traitors are here in full force it seems... give it a rest mahmoudg and marx1


Great victory

by MRX1 on

for islamo facists in Iran and their lackies in U.S and Europe.With a lame ass in white house and this guy as one of his advisors, he might as well bend over and tell mullah's can I have another sir!


can't endorse

by mahmoudg on

His father collaborated with IRI to put Islamic theology and restructuring of our modernization under a backward system.  Cannot in good conscious support him, as they want reapproachment with the IRI.  There cannot be any talks, and or putting a stamp of approval on IRI's legitimacy.  this regime and its supporters must go, at all costs.


Why envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan?

by ghalam-doon on

So they have appointed an Iranian born as an envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan and planning to appoint Dennis Ross, a Zionist sympathizer and a founder of AIPAC as the envoy in charge of Iran.

I don't know much about this Mr. Nasr, but why he's not an envoy in charge of Iran? Doesn't that make more sense?

Navid K

Withhold Any Judgement

by Navid K on

I think it matters not who his father is or who his granfather is - I rather judge the person by what he does. I think that is the proper way.


Are we not doing what IRI has done to us for the past 30 years.




Like Father Like Son

by hooshie on

Nasr Sr. and Nasr Jr. are both fond of publicity and both areseekers of opportunity. Nasr Sr. was a darling of Empress Farah's circle of nouveaux intellectuals from left and right as well as being applauded by the Islamic Republic's high and mighty (a conference was held in his honor last year in Tehran).  Likewise, Nasr. Jr. was proud to be an advisor to the Bush administration and now he is doing the same job for President Obama's team. 

They both repeat each other's theories but the son is a protoge of his father. The are respectivey a grand son and the great grand son of Sheykh Fazlollah Nouri: a founding father of the Velayat Faqih.  In more ways than one they are the true heirs to the throne  which was once occupied by the Shia supremacists Ali Shariati.


Happy revival indeed!




This is good news

by Saman on

Made my day.

I Have a Crush on Alex Trebek

What Iranian/Iranian group ISN'T "under accusations"

by I Have a Crush on Alex Trebek on

I think that's what defines all Iranians - we're all accused of something. Being slutty, stupid, fat, ugly, thieving, moftkhor, spies, agents the list goes on and on. 

NIAC isn't alone. It's not really a factor, especially for a group in Washington. All groups, Iranian or not, face similar accusations. Be more creative you monarchist extremists. 


Mr. Nasr was also Presidents

by shortfilm (not verified) on

Mr. Nasr was also Presidents Bush's unofficial advisor.

And it's true, he has no relation to NIAC or Trita.

In fact, NIAC's opportunistic stance will not bode well for Mr. Nasr's credibility. Stop runinning reputations and careers.

Save your own careers; and try to win your court case, first.


Good pick.

by ahvazi on


Vali Nasr bachehyeh khoobiyeh. i think he will do great. Good luck!!!