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Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh is a Harvard-educated Iranian-American political scientist. He is a leading expert on Iran and US foreign policy, a businessman and president of the International American Council. He serves on the boards of the Harvard International Review, the Harvard International Relations Council and the US-Middle East Chamber for Commerce and Business.

Twitter: @Dr_Rafizadeh

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How Iran is exploiting heightened tensions with Israel

Iran’s state-owned Farsi newspapers and media outlets have put a significant emphasis on Israel in the last few days, with the latest developments pointing to rising tensions between the Iranian regime and Tel Aviv. 

April 17, 2018

Iran’s sophisticated interventions in Bahrain

The Iranian regime’s meddlesome footprints are ubiquitous in the region, including in Bahrain, and the latest developments indicate that Tehran is intensifying its efforts to intervene more extensively in the Gulf state’s sociopolitical system.

April 09, 2018

Time to curb Khamenei’s power with financial sanctions

He frequently preaches about how his subjects must be less greedy and materialistic and more modest, but this should not mislead people about the reality of the life of Iran’s supreme leader. 

April 05, 2018

European sanctions against Iran are too little, too late

France, Britain and Germany are discussing ways to impose sanctions on the Iranian regime.

April 02, 2018

Why Iran fears Trump’s new national security team

US President Donald Trump’s new national security team includes an intriguing character in John Bolton, the former American ambassador to the UN who will replace Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as national security adviser. 

March 30, 2018

Iranian people are ready to usher in a ‘new day’

For many of Iran’s democratic activists and for much of the expatriate community, there was a growing sense of optimism as they celebrated the Iranian new year last week.

March 27, 2018

Iran ratcheting up assaults on Iraqi Kurds

One of the most conflict-affected areas in Iraq is currently the northern Kurdish region. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) recently pointed out that the region faces a humanitarian crisis as tens of thousands of people have been displaced. Many are pointing fingers at Iraqi forces for laun

March 22, 2018

Crown Prince’s White House visit a major concern for Iran

United States President Donald Trump is hosting Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday. The visit is critical as it highlights the warmer relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia.

March 19, 2018

More must be done to stop Iran's human rights abuses

Respect for human rights in Iran has deteriorated even further. According to the latest report from the United Nations, “the Special Rapporteur (the late Asma Jahangir) has observed a worrying picture developing in the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran since the issuance of h

March 15, 2018