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Majid Rafizadeh
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Majid Rafizadeh is an American political scientist, scholar at Harvard University, policy analyst, expert and commentator on US foreign policy and Middle East. Rafizadeh is originally from the Islamic Republic of Iran and Syria. Rafizadeh is president of the International American Council on the Middle East and serves on the board of the Harvard International Review at Harvard University. He is a journalist and human rights activist. He was a member of the Gulf 2000 Middle East Project of the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and in the past he served as a senior fellow at Nonviolence International.

He completed his Fulbright Teaching scholarship in the United States where he taught in the religious studies department at University of California, Santa Barbara. Rafizadeh has previously taught at several universities including Damascus University, University of California, Santa Barbara, and Islamic Azad University. He is a former columnist for Al Arabiya English.

Majid Rafizadeh is a frequent guest policy analyst 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.

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

Twitter: @majidrafizadeh
Born: December 25, 1980

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

Entries by Majid Rafizadeh

Russian-Iranian Arms Sale: Repercussions of the Nuclear Talks

(6) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 10:27 PM

For the Islamic Republic of Iran, one of the most significant and beneficial byproducts of the ongoing nuclear talks with the P5+1 nations -- the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China -- is not solely linked to the prospects of Iran's nuclear program. In fact, the...

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36th Anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution Victory

(1) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 2:05 PM

The return of the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, to Tehran from exile in Paris on February 1, 1979 marks the beginning of Ten-Day Fajr (Dawn) ceremonies as well as the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

On January 16, 1979, Mohammad Reza...

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Escalation of Tensions: Israel and the Shiite Front (Iran-Hezbollah)

(4) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 1:01 PM

According to the official news agency of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, Sepah News, General Mohammad Ali Allahdadi, was killed in an Israeli airstrike in Syria. The Iranian commander was killed alongside another six fighters from the powerful Lebanese Shiite group, Hezbollah, in the Golan Heights.

The incidence highlights...

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Iran's Geopoliticial, Strategic and Ideological Role in Iraq

(1) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 4:48 PM

The instability and crisis in Iraq has provided two intriguing platforms for Iranian leaders. First of all, Tehran can utilize these developments as a means to establish itself as a legitimate, credible, regional power in assisting other conflict-inflicted states. In other words, Iran can replace American efforts in the region...

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Iran 2015: Strategic, Geopolitical and Economic Priorities

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 1:27 PM

2015 will bring about crucial and positive developments as well as challenges for the Iranian government. One of the tenets of the Iranian political system is unpredictability, nevertheless, projections can still be made.

Iran's economy will likely deteriorate and face an austere budget in 2015 in comparison to 2104,...

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2014: P5+1 and Iran's Nuclear Negotiations

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 4:23 PM

The 2014 nuclear negotiations marked one of the most contentious issues in Iran's domestic politics and foreign affairs alike. The partial diplomatic headways, two failures to meet the extended nuclear deadlines, and the possibility of the historic comprehensive nuclear deal highlighted progression and setbacks with respect to the nuclear negotiations...

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Nuclear Extension: US and Iran's Domestic Politics

(1) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 11:52 PM

The seven months extension of the nuclear negotiations between the six world power (the P5+1: China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) and Iran will likely lead to a more complicated process as well as negative consequences when it comes to domestic politics and reaching a...

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The Nuclear Game: Win-Win Extension for US and Iran

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 11:34 AM

After over a year of negotiations, which have crisscrossed the globe from Vienna, to Oman, and to New York, the negotiators (the P5+1:China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the Islamic Republic) planned to extend the nuclear talks for another seven months in order...

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Iran: Syria and Iraq the Red Lines

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2014 | 8:45 PM

The Islamic Republic has recently warned the Turkish government on its military presence in Syria and for "Turkey's dangerous policies" in Syria and Iraq. The head of the political bureau of the Army of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Brigadier General Yadollah Javani, pointed out that "the...

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If Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei Dies, What Next?

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 2:40 PM

Being the highest political, spiritual, religious and divine authority and leader, Ayatollah Khamenei has ruled the Islamic Republic for more than two decades, enjoying considerable power over the executive, legislative, and judiciary branches of the government as well as the economy and media.

The condition of Iran's Supreme Leader has...

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Israel Sounds Alarm on Threat of Islamic Republic

(108) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 5:11 PM

The political posturing between the Islamic Republic and Israel has been mounting in recent weeks. Speaking at the UN General Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu pointed out that if Iran is armed with a nuclear bomb, it would pose the "gravest threat to us all." Israel's prime...

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Will U.S. Anti-ISIL Air War Succeed?

(1) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 2:36 PM

The United States has shifted its longstanding reluctance to become militarily involved in the Syrian conflict. The U.S.-led strikes mark a partial tactical, military, and strategic shift in American foreign policy as well as in the foundation of President Obama's plan towards the Islamic State and Syria.

Despite the...

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Iran's Covert and Quiet Military Build Up and Operations

(10) Comments | Posted September 13, 2014 | 6:30 PM

The Islamic Republic has exercised a tactical shift with regards to its mass strategic signaling when it comes to its military and ballistic capabilities, development of nuclear technologies, covert operations, long-range missiles and ICBM capabilities.

In the past, Iranian leaders and Iran's state media outlets did...

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Will Israel Attack Iran's Nuclear Installation?

(3) Comments | Posted August 30, 2014 | 4:08 PM

Footage of an allegedly unmanned Israeli aerial drone was broadcasted on Iran's state media agency Tasnim this week. Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force claims that it has intercepted and shot down the Israeli stealth drone that was flying in Iranian airspace before it had reached the...

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One Year Under the Pragmatist Government Insider: Rouhani

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 11:09 AM

President Hassan Rouhani's approval to run for presidency by the constitutionally-mandated and appointed 12-members of the conservative Guardian Council, his endorsement of former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, his promises of bringing "dignity" to the nation, freeing political prisoners, promoting civil rights, normalcy, reintegrating Iran in the world economically...

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Iran Approves the New Iraqi PM: Death of Maliki's Political Life

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 12:26 PM

Iran, which bears tremendous political, social and economic influence in Iraq and is considered to be the most significant foreign force in Baghdad, has made a critical tactical shift with regards to its foreign policy towards the sectarian conflict, civil war, rise of the Islamic State, and other affiliated extremist...

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The Heightened Domestic Crack Down and Human Rights Violations

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2014 | 12:35 PM

History appears to be repeating itself in the Islamic Republic. Whenever many Iranians believe that there will be more socio-political, individual as well as socio-economic freedoms in the country, due to the rule of a moderate or reformist president, the domestic crack down and human rights violation in the Islamic...

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: A Supreme Autocrat Not a Shia Messiah

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 11:00 AM

Although the media, policy analysts and politicians have been depicting Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as the man who has the final say in Iran, the man who wields ultimate power in the Islamic Republic, the Supreme Leader, a recent tactical shift in Ayatollah Khamenei's policies indicate that he has...

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Iran and US: The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend

(8) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 11:41 AM

As the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), and other affiliated militant groups, have been making remarkably rapid military advances across Iraq, and as Iraqi cities appear to be falling into the control of ISIS, two countries and enemies have shown great concern regarding their national interest in...

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Heightened Moscow-Tehran Cooperation and Economic Deals

(1) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 8:36 PM

The economic, geopolitical and strategic ties between Tehran and Moscow have recently been on the rise, particularly after the Crimean crises and since Iranian President Hassan Rouhani participated in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Bishkek.

Several Iranian-Russian energy deals worth billions of dollars have inevitably raised concern in...

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