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.
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.
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.
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.
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.