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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The iron fist of Iran’s next president

Iran’s presidential election will be held in less than two weeks and Ebrahim Raisi, the head of the country’s judiciary, appears to be the top contender. This raises the question: Who exactly is he?

June 06, 2021

Same old, same old at the top in Iran

Iran will have a new president next month as, under the terms of the country’s constitution, the incumbent Hassan Rouhani cannot run for a third stint in the June 18 election.

May 23, 2021

Sanctions relief would not benefit ordinary Iranians

Iranian leaders across the political spectrum, including the hard-liners, “moderates” and “reformists,” have been vocal and in agreement on one particular issue: They want sanctions relief from the US.

April 29, 2021

Government to blame for Iran’s deepening recession

When the Iranian authorities boast about Iran’s “resistance economy,” they are attempting to hide the fact that the government’s economic problems have deepened to a dangerous level.

April 22, 2021