Vali Reza Nasr
Vali Reza Nasr is a trustee of the Foundation for Iranian Studies and a professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
Professor Nasr "was raised in Tehran and hails from a prominent intellectual and literary family in Iran that traces its lineage to the prophet Muhammad. His father was once president of Iran's top science university and chief of staff for the shah's wife. In 1979, after the Iranian revolution, the Nasrs "started from zero" in the U.S., says Mr. Nasr. He received a doctorate in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, writing his thesis on the political dimensions of radical Islam, while his father, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, became a renowned professor of Islamic studies at George Washington University." 
"The Bush administration is listening to Mr. Nasr, but his influence on U.S. policy is unclear. Two White House foreign-policy aides attended his talk here last week. And last year, Mr. Nasr briefed Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Since last year the influence of neoconservatives who championed the invasion of Iraq has ebbed at the White House, and Mr. Bush recently held a roundtable discussion at Camp David with other analysts critical of his Iraq policy.
"One White House official points out that Mr. Nasr's prescription assumes the U.S., byrecognizing and engaging Iran as a regional power, could moderate its behavior. But that outcome, the official adds, doesn't inevitably flow from Mr. Nasr's core argument about the Shiite revival. Many Republican foreign-policy specialists, including some who opposed the Iraq war, believe Iran is a threat and may have to be confronted militarily if diplomatic efforts fail." 
- Vali Nasr , "The Conservative Wave Rolls On", Journal of Democracy, 16.4 (2005) pp.9-22.
- Peter Waldman, "Ancient Rift: Rising Academic Sees Sectarian Split Inflaming Mideast", Wall Street Journal, August 4, 2006.
- Seyyed Vali Reza Nasr, Ali Gheissari, Vali Nasr, "Democracy in Iran: History And the Quest for Liberty", May 2006.