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Theocracy, Democracy, and the Conservative Consolidation in Iran



This event occurred on February 9th, 2007
Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs
Georgetown University
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Dr. Vali Nasr, Professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School, gave a lecture entitled “Theocracy, Democracy, and the Conservative Consolidation in Iran,” which concentrated on the intersection of religion and politics in the Middle East. The lecture took place in Georgetown University’s McShain Lounge and focused on the issues of Iranian theocracy and conservatism in politics. Vali Nasr brought to the lecture his extensive teaching experience and knowledge about the Islamic state.

Vali Nasr was recently appointed a Professor of International Politics in the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is also an adjunct Senior Fellow for the Council on Foreign Relations in Middle Eastern Studies. He formerly taught in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School. He joined NPS in 1993 after teaching at the University of San Diego, University of California, San Diego, and Tufts University. He is the author of Democracy in Iran (Oxford University Press, 2006); The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam will Shape the Future (W.W. Norton, 2006); The Islamic Leviathan: Islam and the Making of State Power (Oxford University Press, 2001), and many other publications. Dr. Nasr teaches courses on Comparative Politics, International Political Economy, South Asia, Iran, and Political Islam. He holds a B.A. and MALD from Tufts University and a Ph.D from MIT.

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