Columnist

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 protests exposing cracks in regime unity

Not only does the character of the ongoing widespread uprising in Iran appear to be different this time, but the various and contradictory reactions of the regime’s political establishment points to a major crisis within the Islamic Republic.

October 23, 2022

Russia, Iran and the West

With both the Iranian regime and Russia being hit by further sanctions from the West, particularly the US, the two have become militarily, politically and economically closer than ever before.

October 09, 2022

Raisi’s UN platform will boost Iran regime’s sense of impunity

Hard-line Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, who is known as the “Butcher of Tehran,” should be held accountable for his crimes rather than given a platform to spread his propaganda.

September 22, 2022

Where Iran’s Khamenei really stands on the nuclear deal

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has been silent for months about a potential new nuclear deal, but his silence does not mean that he has completely delegated the nuclear issue to President Ebrahim Raisi and his team.

September 09, 2022

Concessions made to Iran during nuclear negotiations only make the regime bolder

Making concessions to a rogue state only emboldens it to pursue its destructive behavior and policies. This has been the case with the Iranian regime since it was established four decades ago.

August 26, 2022

Why Iran must not be rewarded

Rewarding or appeasing a rogue state generally comes in two distinct forms: Total disregard of the regime’s destructive behavior regionally and globally, and the lifting of political pressure and economic sanctions on the state in question. 

August 18, 2022