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Dr. Majid Rafizadeh, Harvard-educated American political scientist, Iran expert, specialist in foreign policy and Middle East, policy analyst and business advisor, is president of the International American Council on the Middle East. He is a 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, recently moved to the US and became a US citizen, board member of several significant and influential international and governmental institutions, and he is native speaker of couple of languages including Arabic and Persian. He also speaks English and Dari, and can converse in French, Hebrew. 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", "US Foreign Policy: Understanding ISIS, the Middle East and the Complexity of the Syrian Civil War", and the upcoming books "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.

Unlike many Americans and Westerners with Middle Eastern origins, Rafizadeh grew up, lived, and worked in the Middle East most of his life till recently. He has the first hand experience of living in both the Persian and Arab world; he came to the US recently and became a US citizen.

Languages: Dr. Rafizadeh is a native speaker of couple of languages including Arabic and Persian. He also speaks English and Dari, and can converse in French, Hebrew.

Entries by Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

How Obama is Benefiting Iran by the US-GCC Summit

(16) 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

(10) 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

(11) 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?

(191) 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

(54) 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

(398) 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

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

(4) Comments | Posted January 17, 2016 | 12:07 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 | 4:20 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 | 7:25 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 | 1:35 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 | 1:34 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 | 7:51 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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