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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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Gulf states need a seat at Iran talks table




Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Khonsari. (AFP)

October 20, 2019

Tehran to increase pressure on Gulf states and their oil

Some policy analysts and politicians doubted that the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal would have any impact on Tehran’s economy. But, since the Trump administration quit the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action a year ago, the Iranian leaders have been under significant pressure.

May 19, 2019

Europe must align with US on Iran

Two brazen political assassinations are proof of Iran’s disregard for human rights and international law. While President Donald Trump may have his critics, his hard-line sanctions are the only kind of political message Tehran can understand.

January 24, 2019

Iran’s rulers should take responsibility for workers’ suffering

While several media outlets have failed to provide accurate coverage of anti-regime protests in Iran, demonstrations are continuing across the country’s provinces and cities. Several major social groups are refusing to submit to the Iranian leadership.

November 22, 2018

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