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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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Iran’s nuclear defiance should not be ignored

History appears to be repeating itself as the international community continues to disregard reports about Iran’s clandestine nuclear activities.

October 12, 2018

Iran steps up quest to dominate Iraq with attack on Kurds

Although Iran’s rising influence in the region is in the spotlight, Tehran’s treatment of Kurds has been receiving less attention. Interactions between the Iranian regime and the Kurdish population have been mainly subject to political polemics rather than scholarly work.

September 13, 2018

Iranian protesters blame Tehran, not Washington, for their woes

Large-scale protests erupted in several Iranian cities on Tuesday and continue to grow, in what Iranian activists describe as a continuation of a nationwide anti-government movement that began in late December.

August 03, 2018

Deciphering Khamenei’s two-pronged threats to the world

Iran is ratcheting up its threats again. But this time the warnings are emanating from the top leader of the regime.

July 27, 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