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Born: December 25, 1980

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh is Harvard-educated American political scientist, policy analyst, business advisor, president of the International American Council on the Middle East, best-selling author, expert and commentator on US foreign policy and Middle East, and Harvard university scholar. Rafizadeh is originally from the Islamic Republic of Iran and Syria. Dr. Rafizadeh serves on the board of the Harvard International Review at Harvard University. He is the author of "A God Who Hate Women", "Child Marriage", and the upcoming books "Foreign Policy, Understanding the Complexity of the Syrian Civil War", "The Renegade: A Memoir of struggle, hope and enlightenment" and "Third World War: The Nuclear War". Rafizadeh is a member of the Gulf 2000 Middle East Project of the Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, served a senior fellow at Nonviolence International based in Washington DC and ambassador for the National Iranian American Council . Rafizadeh is also journalist and human rights activist.

Dr. Rafizadeh has been frequently called upon to testify in courts as an expert, to advise foreign business corporations and companies seeking to start work in Iran and the Middle East, and to brief U.S., EU, and Asian officials regarding US foreign policy and socio-economic, cultural and socio-political affairs of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). He speaks English, Arabic, Persian, and Dari fluently, and he can converse in French and Hebrew.

Rafizadeh has also taught at several universities such as University of California Santa Barbara through Fulbright Teaching scholarship. He has been recipient of several fellowships and scholarships including from Oxford University, Annenberg, and University of California Santa Barbara. His analysis and research are regularly used to brief various institutions and parliaments including the UK Parliament. Previously he worked at the United Nations, International Committee for Red Cross, and conducted research at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Council on US-Arab Relations.

Majid Rafizadeh is a frequent guest policy analyst and political scientist on international and U.S. news shows. He also speaks at panel discussions, universities, and interfaith gathering on human rights, democratization and reforms. He has conducted research at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and has participated in a National Council on US-Arab Relations program. As a trilingual media commentator -- in English, Arabic, and Persian -- Majid Rafizadeh is a regular commentator and political analyst on various news outlets including CNN, BBC World News, ABC, BBC World Have Your Say, Al Jazeera, France 24 English, BBC English 5, Russian International English TV, ETV, ENEWS, Sky News, BBC English 4, NTN International News, Voice of America (VOA), and public radio on topics related to Syria, Iran, U.S foreign policy, democratization, human rights and the Middle East.

His works have appeared on the New York Times, New York Times International Weekly, Los Angeles Times, CNN, Fareed Zakaria GPS, Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera, Harvard International Review, Foxnews, Huffington Post, The Nation, USA Today, Jerusalem Post, Yale Journal of International Affairs, Independent, George Washington Journal of International Affairs Review, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Haaretz, Foreign Policy Association, Jadaliyya, and Alarabiya. He can speak English, Arabic, Persian, French, Hebrew and Dari. His interviews and works have been translated to several languages including French, Arabic, Turkish, Persian and Spanish.

He has been interviewed by, and quoted in, some of the world's most major print and television outlets. His analysis is sought by government agencies and the private sector. He serves as reviewer for several academic journals. Rafizadeh is a member of the advisory board of Commission on Syrian Refugees.

Languages: English, Arabic, Persian, French, Hebrew and Dari.

Entries by Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iran: Back in Business and The New Best Friends

(2) Comments | Posted February 7, 2016 | 11:14 PM

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani has been on a shopping spree in Europe to reap benefits from business deals worth billions of dollars. The red carpet was rolled out for him, and he was invited to some of the most esteemed locations on the continent to meet with business and political...

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U.S. Lifted Sanctions Against Iran -- Ordinary People's Reaction?

(7) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 12:00 AM

When the nuclear deal was reached in July 2015, Iranians celebrated on the streets. One would have imagined greater celebration when the deal was actually implemented this week, but the streets have been quiet, and Iranian media have downplayed the lifting of sanctions.

"Do you think I'm going to see...

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Iran's Nuclear Deal: Sanctions are Lifted, What is Next?

(4) Comments | Posted January 17, 2016 | 1:07 AM

Iranian leaders have long been yearning for this implementation day. The country's dream, the lifting of economic sanctions, has come true after almost 20 years.

According to the terms of the nuclear agreement, which was reached in July between Iran and the P5+1 group -- Britain, China, France, Russia and...

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Companies Are Lining Up to Do Business with Iran. Are You Falling Behind?

(1) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 5:20 PM

The United Nations Security Council and Western sanctions on Iran are set to be lifted as soon as early next week.

No only Asian, European and Russian firms are lining up, but also American giant corporations including Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDSA), General Electric (NYSE:GE), Boeing (NYSE:BA), and Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB)...

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Will Iran and Saudi Arabia Go Into War?

(8) Comments | Posted January 9, 2016 | 8:25 PM

First, it was the Egyptian embassy, second the American embassy, later Denmark, then the British embassy was ransacked by mostly Basijis, and now, it is the turn of Saudi Arabia's embassy to be attacked by crowds of Iranians. What kind of diplomacy is Rowhani's government referring to?

These kinds...

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Iran, Middle East, and ISIS in 2016: Re-entering the Global Market Politico-Economic

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2016 | 2:35 PM

The coming year is vital for Iran, specifically regarding the economy, due to the nuclear deal. The "Implementation Day" of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which is in early 2016, will give Iran tremendous sanctions relief. After Implementation Day, Iran's global legitimacy will rise, and foreign businesses will...

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Iran Prefers Bernie Sanders for President in 2016

(0) Comments | Posted December 27, 2015 | 2:34 PM

Although Tehran would prefer a totally different political establishment in the United States, it prefers one American presidential candidate to the others: Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders. It bases its preference on candidates' view of the nuclear deal, and their policies toward the Middle East, particularly Syria, Israel, Iraq and the...

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Iran Breached the Nuclear Deal -- Iran's Largest Ballistic Arsenal in the Middle East

(75) Comments | Posted December 24, 2015 | 8:51 AM

The Joint Plan of Action Agreement (JCPOA) between six world powers and Iran hints at "addressing UN Security council resolutions" regarding Tehran. However, the JCPOA (UNSCR 2231 Annex II, paragraph three) states, that Iran should not undertake any ballistic missiles activity "until the date eight years after the...

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Media Has Symbiotic Ties With ISIS? Ignoring Other Terrorist Groups

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2015 | 8:13 PM

Some terrorist groups attract a significant amount of media attention while others receive little or no coverage.

For example, the predominant Western media outlets devote much of their news and analysis to ISIS, an extremist Sunni group, while failing to raise public awareness about other terrorist groups.


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Iran's Fighters Are Dying in Syria -- Will it Change Anything?

(36) Comments | Posted December 6, 2015 | 9:26 PM

The number of Iranian fighters dying in Syria has reportedly risen in recent weeks. Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency reported that several members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) were among the fighters killed in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo over just a few...

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Iran-Russia: Khamenei and Putin's Courtship

(3) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei rarely meets with world leaders, but this week he hosted Russian President Vladimir Putin, who made his first visit to Iran since 2007. Putin held talks with Khamenei and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani.

Moscow and Tehran are attempting to build a closer relationship. As...

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Paris Attacks: Iran Criticizes the West, ISIS 'Bit the Leg of Its Owners'

(2) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 3:50 PM

The reaction of the Iranian political establishment in regards to the shootings and bombings in Paris has been intriguing and contradicting.

President Rowhani and his foreign minister, Javad Zarif, sent a message of condolence to French President Francois Hollande. Rouhani pointed out "In the name of the...

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Iran's Divided Domestic Politics -- Hardliners Reassert Leadership

(2) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 4:50 PM

The smiles of Iranian President Hassan Rowhani and his American-educated Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif appear to be fading as the hardliners take back the driver's seat. Rowhani spent all his political capital on the nuclear deal, to which the hardliners are reacting harshly.

Iran has halted the dismantling of...

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Islamic Republic: "Death to America" Will Remain

(3) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 3:46 PM

Improving Western-Iran diplomatic relationships, the nuclear agreement, as well as new venues of direct diplomatic communications between Iranian and U.S. high-level officials, have all raised expectations that perhaps the two countries considered enemies for so long have put their mistrust aside and have embarked on a new path.

But these...

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Khamenei's New Nuclear Conditions -- Khamenei Playing the U.S.

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2015 | 3:25 PM

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has masterfully sniffed out the weaknesses of President Obama and his administration, and the revelation of his new conditions on the nuclear deal suggests that Khamenei is ready to milk the administration more and obtain more concessions.

A flimsy deal has been signed by six...

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Iran's Corruption and Human Rights Overlooked

(4) Comments | Posted October 25, 2015 | 12:42 AM

While Iran's nuclear deal continues to hold the spotlight, two other critical issues demand much more attention than they are receiving. Despite President Hassan Rowhani's pledges to the contrary, corruption and human rights continue to pose a huge challenge.

According to Transparency International, Iran ranks 136 out of...

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Iran and U.S. to Intensify Tactical Cooperation

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2015 | 11:14 PM

President Hassan Rouhani contradicted Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's remarks about the potential rapprochement between the US and the Islamic republic.

Although, Mr. Khamenei continues to reject the idea that there would be any additional detente between Tehran and Washington, Iran's latest tactical shift in its foreign policies...

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Iran is Offering to Resolve Yemen's War; The Agenda?

(7) Comments | Posted September 26, 2015 | 2:14 PM

Iranian officials' rhetoric and tone on the Yemen crisis has slightly changed some recently for tactical reasons, not strategic ones. This change was initiated because of the shift in Iran's foreign policy regarding how to use "diplomacy" and the appropriate wording in order to achieve Tehran's ideological, geopolitical and economic...

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Business: EU and Its Comanies Helping IRGC Terror

(2) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 10:12 PM

There is a noticeable surge in the number of foreign companies desiring to conduct business with the Islamic Republic. This surge comes primarily from many European countries and EU companies.

These short-sighted and business-driven moves by European countries and companies might bring short term benefit and profit for them,...

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Iran Married to Both Assad and the Alawite State

(2) Comments | Posted September 13, 2015 | 5:58 PM

The Iran-U.S. rapprochement, the improving ties between the Islamic Republic and European countries as well as the nuclear deal between the six world powers ( known as P5+1) and Tehran, have raised a considerable amount of expectations in regards to Iran. Some of those expectations are that Iran is going...

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