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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 regime has become its own worst enemy

It has long been evident that the Iranian regime is desperate for the revival of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal. This is due to the regime’s financial hardship and the significant pressure it is facing inside the country. 

April 18, 2021

Why Iran-Israel tensions are on the rise again

Both the Biden administration and the Iranian regime seem to be hoping to revive the 2015 nuclear deal before Iran’s presidential election in June. This period of renegotiation will probably raise tensions between Iran and Israel to a new high.

April 12, 2021

Iran-China deal a blow for Tehran regime

The Iranian authorities and the country’s state-owned newspapers have attempted to portray the deal that was signed with China last week as a victory for Tehran.

April 01, 2021

Iran’s human rights abuses on the increase

Human rights violations by the Iranian regime and its militia groups across the Middle East are becoming much more egregious and appalling, with Iran’s leaders and their proxies appearing to act with impunity.

March 28, 2021

Iran using Yemen’s Houthis to achieve its sinister goals

Not only is the Iranian regime showing no sign of backing down from its destabilizing behavior in Yemen and its support for the Houthi militia group, it is actually escalating the conflict through its proxy.

March 18, 2021

US must do more to confront the Iranian regime

The US airstrikes against Iran-backed militia groups in Syria last week were an informed and welcome move by the White House, but they are definitely not adequate when it comes to confronting the Iranian regime and its widespread militia network.

March 04, 2021

Iran exploiting friendly ties to eliminate dissidents

When a foreign government befriends Iran and pursues appeasement policies toward Tehran, it opens the door for the regime to exploit it and pursue its hard-line agenda on that foreign soil more easily.

February 18, 2021

US and Gulf share concerns on climate change

It is fair to say that there has been some nervousness among Gulf states about the new Biden administration.

February 14, 2021