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Topic - vali nasr
A former State Department adviser calls President Obama a "dithering" chief executive with control issues that jeopardize America's foreign affairs policy, in a new book that makes the case the current administration has damaged U.S. interests in the Middle East.
A former senior adviser in the Obama administration says that "ravenous" political faction-fighting between aides to the president and those around then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, President Obama's presidential-primary rival in 2008, hobbled U.S. policymaking in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Pakistan's worst floods in 80 years are increasing worries in Washington that the disaster will undermine the South Asian nation's political stability and jeopardize U.S. gains across the border in Afghanistan.
"For policymakers, for opinion-makers, this can be very valuable," said Mr. Nasr. "We make assumptions, but we can find out that we are completely wrong and have misread the situation."
Vali Nasr, dean of the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, said Al-Monitor "stepped into this breach to bring in genuine voices from these countries, covering issues with a depth and insight not accessible otherwise, and written by people who know the lay of the land."