Considering the geographic expanse from Asia to the Middle East, this lectures series examines the exchange and flow of capital, oil, and natural gas between India and China on one hand, and the Middle East as represented by the Arab gulf and Iran on the other. Speakers ask how tensions in Pakistan and Afghanistan, peace-making efforts from Turkey, and the Arab-Israeli conflict influence diplomacy in this huge area of the world where great wealth and greater conflict coincide.
This talk features Vali Nasr.
Vali Nasr is Senior Adjunct Fellow on the Middle East for the Council on Foreign Relations.
Additionally he is Professor of Middle East and South Asia Politics and Associate Chair of Research at the Department of National Security at the Naval Postgraduate School.
According to Mideast expert Vali Nasr, Islamic televangelism is growing in popularity among the Arab middle class. Unlike their conservative counterparts in the U.S., Islamic televangelists like Amr Khaled (a highly influential Egyptian televangelist) preach a moderate, globalization-friendly version of their religion.