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"Our differences of ethnicity, race, color, and religion may strive to separate us, but all human beings share the same purpose, the same aspirations, and desires, to live a joyful, peaceful life. If we all made the choice to surrender greed for the sake of unity, then this journey could be pleasant for every creature on earth." Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh, a political scientist, Harvard University scholar and best selling author is the president and director of the International American Council on the Middle East .

Harvard-educated, Dr. Rafizadeh is also regarded as a policy analyst, Iran expert, US foreign policy and Middle East specialist, award winning journalist, public speaker, a business advisor and serves on the board of several national and international organization. He is a board member of Harvard International Review, a leading expert and TV commentator on US foreign policy and Middle East and the author of several books including "US Foreign Policy: Understanding ISIS, the Middle East and the Complexity of the Syrian Civil War" introducing new theoretical and practical methods accessible to readers to analyze the Middle East, "Child Marriage", "The Renegade: A Memoir of struggle, hope and enlightenment", "Why They Hate Women" advocating for women rights, and the upcoming book "Third World War: The Nuclear War" and "Quran".

Rafizadeh is originally from the Islamic Republic of Iran and Syria, grew up, worked, and lived most of his life in both Shia and Sunni societies, the Arab and persian world, giving him the first hand experience in understanding the socio-political, socio-economic, cultural and religious landscapes. He recently came to the US on Fulbright Teaching Scholarship, as the only Iranian citizen who received this scholarship in that year, and he recently became a US citizen.

Dr. Rafizadeh has obtained several graduate degrees including Doctorate (Ph.D) in Government and International Affairs, Masters in Global and International Studies, Masters in Journalism and Communication, Masters in Linguistic and teaching, and Bachelors degree in Linguistic and languages ( concentration: English, Arabic, Persian).

Dr. Rafizadeh is native speaker of couple of languages including Arabic and Persian. Rafizadeh speaks English and Dari fluently, and learned French and Hebrew as well. He is a board member of several significant and influential international and governmental institutions. He is a member of advisory board of Commission on Syrian Refugees, International advisory board member, International advisory board member of USAID Center for Energy studies, and a member of the Gulf 2000 Middle East Project of the Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, to name a few. He served a senior fellow at Nonviolence International based in Washington DC, conducted research at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC, and served as an ambassador for the National Iranian American Council. Rafizadeh is also considered a journalist and human rights activist.

Rafizadeh has been frequently called upon to testify as an expert for courts, advise foreign business corporations and companies ( including those seeking to start work in Iran and the Middle East), and 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).

Rafizadeh has 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.

As a political scientist and scholar, Rafizadeh regularly appears on national and international outlets including CNN, BBC World TV and Radio, ABC, Aljazeera, Fox News, CTV, RT, CCTV America, Skynews, CTV, and France 24 International, to name a few. He is frequently quoted on national and international outlets and he writes for academic and non-academic publications, and contributes to several respected international news outlets, including New York Times International, Los Angeles Times, CNN, Farred zakaria GPS, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, The Nation, The National. Aljazeera, The Daily Beast, Huffington Post, The Nation, Jerusalem Post, The Economic Times, USA Today Yale Journal of International Affairs, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, and Harvard International Review. Rafizadeh has written more than 300 articles and analysis.

A public speaker, he is regularly invited to speak at universities, academic, non-academic and diplomatic conferences such as Austrian-American foundation, Total multinational energy (gas and oil) corporation, Milton Wolf Seminar on Diplomacy in Vienna, and conferences on foreign affairs.

In contrast to many Americans and Westerners with Middle eastern origins, Rafizadeh grew up, lived, and worked in the Middle East and Muslim countries most of his life till recently. He has the first hand experience of living in both the Persian and Arab world, both the Sunni and Shiite nations, and gained on-the-ground knowledge about the linked (modern and contemporary) social, socio-economic, socio-political, religious and cultural landscapes of these societies in comparison to the Western ones.

His interviews and works have been translated to several languages including French, Spanish, Arabic, Persian and Russian.

Dr. Rafizadeh's main objective and hope is having a world where all people and creatures regardless of their background could live next to each other in peace.

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Entries by Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Free Iran: The Largest Iranian Opposition of Its Kind

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2016 | 4:15 AM

It is the world's largest gathering of those who advocate freedom and democracy in Iran. A mass "Free Iran" rally is being held in the French capital, Paris, on July 9. The event attracted more than 100,000 people who come together from around the world in...

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Iran Prefers Clinton -- Why Trump Is Better at Dealing With Iran and the Middle East

(4) Comments | Posted June 3, 2016 | 7:05 PM

Bernie Sanders would have been Iran's top preference to become the next American president. His speeches criticizing corporations, the widening gap between rich and poor in the US, and the size of American military and its involvement around the world, were even televised on Iran's state media outlets.

Sanders' foreign...

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Middle East- Six Reasons Why Iran Will Not Leave Yemen

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2016 | 1:47 AM

When a conflict erupts in a state, some countries which are not bordered with the conflict-affected state use political opportunism to direct the war in their interest.

Massoud Jazayiri, deputy head of Iran's Armed Forces, recently told Iran's Tasnim news agency, that Iran is ready to copycat the...

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How Iran Dominates the Middle East? Soft Power

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2016 | 12:26 AM

The mainstream media and politicians have emphasized Iran's hard power, military capacity and its army's role in the Middle East, which is part of Tehran's expansionist policies. The emphasis is warranted.

Nevertheless, focusing solely on Iran's hard power and military capacity is misplaced. By dedicating all their resources and concentrating...

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Iran Breaches the Nuclear Deal and UN Resolutions for Third Time

(271) Comments | Posted May 15, 2016 | 2:09 AM

Iranian leaders have breached both the resolutions and the nuclear agreement for the third time since the nuclear deal went into effect in January 2016. Iran has repeatedly test-fired, long-range ballistic missiles and laser-guided surface-to-surface missiles.

In October and November, just after the nuclear deal was reached, Iran tested a...

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Iran's Oil Policy Mixed With Politicization -- How Might It Affect Your Life Negatively?

(2) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 5:09 PM

The Islamic Republic of Iran has rejected proposals, from members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) as well as other major oil-producing countries, to discuss freezing of oil production in order to boost prices and tackle global oil surplus.

Many argued that Iran would become...

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How Obama is Benefiting Iran by the US-GCC Summit

(14) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 12:56 AM

Obama Benefits Iran by Visiting Saudi Arabia

"Reassuring" Saudi Arabia and other gulf nations about Iran's increasing presence was on the top of Obama's agenda visiting Saudi Arabia.

This is not the first time that President Obama is attempting to reassure Saudi Arabia and other countries in...

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Iran's Islamic-Persian Imperialism Manifesting Through Hard Power: You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

(9) Comments | Posted April 16, 2016 | 5:15 PM

Iran's major state-owned newspaper, Keyhan, in which its editor-in-chief is the representative of the Supreme Leader Khamenei, proudly outlined on its first page that Iran received the first delivery of the formerly-forbidden advanced missile defense system, the S-300 system, from Russia this week.

The Islamic Republic also...

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Khamenei Wants Western Businesses, but Lashes Out at the US

(1) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 8:43 PM

Many politicians and business advisors believed that companies and corporations would be pouring into the world largest untapped market at full speed. Although all major United Nations Security Council sanctions have been lifted, there has not been a considerable amount of businesses entering the Islamic Republic.

In his latest...

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Iran Attacks Americans On American Soil -- Cyber War, Cyberwarfare

(10) Comments | Posted April 9, 2016 | 6:52 PM

The Justice Department and federal prosecutors have portrayed that individuals linked to the Iranian government have attacked U.S. infrastructure, including a small dam 20 miles north of New York. Reportedly, this is not the first time that the Islamic Republic has been attempting to infiltrate the online infrastructure...

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Iran Threatens the US and the Middle East: Stay Away from Our Redlines. Obama's Response?

(181) Comments | Posted April 8, 2016 | 3:45 PM

There used to be a time when the Islamic Republic showed some discretion with regards to its regional hegemonic and ideological ambitions, or skirting and breaching international laws. At least the ruling clerics of Iran preferred soft power and were more covert about these issues.

But not anymore.

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Iran Reciprocates US's Favor by Increasing Anti-Americanism and Warmongering in the Middle East

(53) Comments | Posted April 3, 2016 | 5:38 PM

From the US government's perspective, the rules of the nation-state systems and existing international norms suggest that if the US does a favor for a country (in this case, the Islamic Republic), Tehran will absolutely reciprocate. But unfortunately what many so-called Iran policy makers, in the West, do not comprehend...

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Iran's Executions and Human Rights Abuses Hit 27-Year High

(389) Comments | Posted March 27, 2016 | 3:06 AM

The Islamic Republic hit the highest rate of executing people since 1989. The official number indicates that Iran executed nearly two times more people in 2015 in comparison to 2010 when the hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was in office, as well as roughly 10 times more...

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Iran's "Hardliners", "Moderates", "Reformists": Invasion and Intervention in Syria

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2016 | 8:37 AM

During recent political campaigns, Iranian candidates from various political parties discussed the economy, inflation, unemployment, engagement with the West and the nuclear deal. The candidates came from three political camps - reformist, hardliners (including the principalists), the moderates, and some independents.

Nevertheless, there was one crucial issue missing from the...

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Memoir:Islam, Quran, Muhammad, Allah (god) Hate Women and Non-Muslims?

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2016 | 6:53 PM

With the rise of the Islamic State and similar groups, there exist fundamental questions, regarding the religion of Islam, that I attempt to address adequately in my recently published book, a memoir, on here; why they hate, or Allah (god) who Hates Women.

Is there anything intrinsic...

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Iran's Elections: The Fallacy, Hype, and Oversimplification

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2016 | 9:26 PM

Democratic elections?

The media, primarily the Western mainstream outlets, have been carried away with their characterization of Iran's elections. Vital, crucial, the most significant, dynamic, critical, and decisive are some example of words being used to characterize Iran's elections for the parliament (Majlis) and the Assembly of Experts.

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A Defiant Iran Defies the UN and International Laws Again

(65) Comments | Posted February 20, 2016 | 9:50 PM

The world powers' view of Iran has significantly shifted. Those days in which Iran was being punished for violating the law seem to have gone. For many, it is baffling that Iran is now capable of getting away with breaking international laws, particularly in the last few months after the...

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Iran Plays and Backstabs the US: Iran Dumps Dollar in Trade

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2016 | 6:19 PM

The Islamic Republic declared that it is moving away from the US dollar for use in trades and that Tehran welcomes replacing dollar with other currencies.

According to Shana, Iran's official news agency, Safar-Ali Karamati, Deputy director of International Affairs for Marketing and Crude Oil...

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Iran: Back in Business and The New Best Friends

(2) Comments | Posted February 7, 2016 | 10:14 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 24, 2016 | 11:00 PM

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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