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Multination Iran nuclear talks to resume

MUNICH, Germany, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Multinational talks over the fate of Iran's nuclear program are set to resume later this month, German and U.S. officials confirmed.
Report: U.S. OKd arming Libyan rebels

Report: U.S. OKd arming Libyan rebels

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. officials secretly approved arm shipments to Libyan rebels from Qatar but grew concerned when they learned militants got some of the arms, officials said.
Report: U.S., Pakistan discuss operations

Report: U.S., Pakistan discuss operations

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- The United States and Pakistan are discussing possible new joint military efforts against Islamic militants, sources told The Wall Street Journal.

U.S. Afghan policy thwarted by infighting

WASHINGTON, June 25 (UPI) -- Infighting within President Obama's foreign policy staff thwarted the late Richard Holbrooke's efforts to deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan, a new book says.

No U.S. objections to Taliban office

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Washington supports a national reconciliation program led by the Afghan government, government officials said amid claims the Taliban are willing to talk.

U.S. said poised to free Taliban prisoners

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Washington agreed in principle to free Taliban officials in Guantanamo to get the Taliban to open a peace-talk office in Qatar, a British newspaper reported.
Sadrists: Dissolve parliament

Sadrists: Dissolve parliament

BAGHDAD, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Iraqi lawmakers with ties to rebel Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr called for the country's parliament to be dissolved and for new elections within six months.
Deep rifts growing in Tehran

Deep rifts growing in Tehran

WASHINGTON, June 24 (UPI) -- Political infighting in Iran reflects basic differences in the ideology used to define the Islamic republic after the 1979 revolution, a scholar writes.

Cease-fires aid force transition in Iraq

WASHINGTON, June 13 (UPI) -- U.S. military operations in Iraq are still needed, but the mission has shifted from fighting wars to keeping the peace, regional analysts said.

All eyes on Najaf

NAJAF, Iraq, April 23 (UPI) -- Najaf is the center of Shiite Islam in Iraq, and with its clerics split between politics and the gun, if it turns violent the rest of the south may follow suit.

Analysis: Iran's soft power pays off

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- At a time when the United States is widely regarded in the Middle East as a military aggressor, and faces plummeting popularity around the world, Iran is taking advantage of those military adventures to boost its own image and forge closer ties to its neighbors.
DEREK SANDS, UPI Correspondent

Iran big winner in Iraq so far

BAGHDAD, March 8 (UPI) -- Iraqi Shiites and Sunnis agree on one thing -- the big winner so far in the bitter sectarian strife in their country is Iran.

Iraq cult foiled in plot to kill clerics

NAJAF, Iraq, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- The major weekend military offensive Iraqi and U.S. troops staged in Najaf uncovered a cult that was reportedly planning to assassinate senior Shiite clerics.

Shiites on a roll; may muddle U.S. policy

WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. policy in the Middle East faces new challenges as the minority Shiite Muslims experience a resurgence of influence, a report says.
Wiki

Vali Reza Nasr (Persian: ولی نصر, born 1960) is an Iranian-American academic and scholar, as well as Professor of International Politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University.

An expert in contemporary Middle Eastern affairs and Islam and politics, in January, 2006, Nasr was named the Adjunct Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonpartisan think-tank focusing on foreign policy. He was also a Senior Fellow with The Dubai Initiative, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University between 2007 and 2009. He was named Carnegie Scholar in 2006.

The Wall Street Journal reported on February 9, 2009, that Richard Holbrooke has hired Nasr to advise the Obama Administration on US-Iran relations.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Vali Nasr."
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