Vali Nasr is a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a columnist for Bloomberg View. He served as senior adviser to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, between 2009 and 2011.
Ray Takeyh is a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also an adjunct professor at the Center for Peace and Security Studies at Georgetown University, and recently held the post of senior adviser to the special adviser for the Gulf and Southwest Asia at the U.S. Department of State. Takeyh’s most recent book is The Guardians of the Revolution: Iran’s Approach to the World (Oxford University Press, 2009).
Karim Sadjadpour is an associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He was previously an analyst with the International Crisis Group based in Tehran and Washington. He is the author of Reading Khamenei: The World View of Iran’s Most Powerful Leader (Carnegie, 2009).