Forces of Fortune: The Rise of the New Muslim Middle Class and What It Will Mean for Our World

Forces of Fortune: The Rise of the New Muslim Middle Class and What It Will Mean for Our World


By (author) Vali Nasr

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  • Publisher: The Free Press
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 230mm x 24mm | 481g
  • Publication date: 15 October 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1416589686
  • ISBN 13: 9781416589686
  • Sales rank: 540,760

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Nasr offers a dissection of the problem the west faces with Iran that will transform the terms of debate, putting on the map a totally unappreciated phenomenon of the Islamic world that is the key to understanding how we can win this new cold war. He illuminates the growing clout within Iran and several other of the most pivotal Islamic countries the west must mend relations with - such as Pakistan and Turkey - of a new business class and how this new class is the key to turning our fortunes in the region. Showing that the Bush administration's approach has been a disaster in this regard, further alienating the very people we need most to bring over to our side, he reveals how, by reversing course and building strong ties to this pragmatic business class in Iran, the west can pull the rug of power out from under the extremist mullahs and forge strong new alliances in the region.

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Author information

Vali Nasr is a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University and a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as a senior fellow of The Dubai Initiative run by Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is the author of three books: The Shia Revival; Democracy in Iran, and The Islamic Leviathan. He appears regularly on major network news shows as an expert on Middle Eastern affairs and regularly writes op-eds for the Washington Post and Wall St. Journal. He was born in Iran and now lives in the US.

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"[A] humane and clear-eyed narrative..." --"Harvard Business Review"