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Dr. Majid Rafizadeh
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Dr. Majid Rafizadeh, a Harvard-educated American political scientist, policy analyst, scholar at Harvard University, 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 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 Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

$6-$35 Billions Annually to Assad: Stronger Iran, Mightier Assad?

(5) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 4:36 PM

In the ongoing 4-year-long civil war, the Islamic Republic- one of the major bank-rollers for the Syrian government- has approximately spent between $6 and $35 billion a year in order to keep its staunchest regional ally, Bashar Al Assad in power.

This amount...

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Iran Nuclear Deal: Four Concentric Circles

(8) Comments | Posted July 18, 2015 | 3:44 PM

It is crucial not to raise our expectations when it comes to the recent nuclear agreement reached between the P5+1 (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States, plus Germany) and the Islamic Republic. To have a full and realistic view of the deal, it is imperative not...

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Iran, U.S., Obama, P5+1: Nuclear Deal, Win-Win Deal? What Next?

(2) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 6:30 PM

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Iran and P5+1 powers have reached a nuclear agreement at talks in Vienna. The agreement can bring sanctions relief to the Islamic Republic as early as first half of 2016. The economic sanctions have crippled Iran's economy and significantly...

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Obama Fears Nuclear Failure While Iran Seeks Political Opprtunism

(8) Comments | Posted July 11, 2015 | 7:21 PM

Iranian Leaders Want the Deal Both Ways

One of the lengthiest diplomatic negotiations, the Iranian Nuclear Deal, seems to be never-ending. Two deadlines have already been missed in the last month. In addition, the negotiators missed the target of Washington time set by the U.S. Congress. This would grant the...

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Iran-U.S. Nuclear Talks: What Absolute Deadlines?

(1) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 11:44 PM

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For yet another time, a deadline for Iran's nuclear talks has been missed. Other deadlines, including the ones set for July and November of 2014 were also missed and later extended. The six world powers and Iran also...

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Will P5+1 and Iran Clinch a Deal?

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2015 | 3:38 PM

After years of negotiations, the Islamic Republic and the six world powers, known as the P5+1; China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, plus Germany, are only a few days away from the June 30 deadline to seal a final nuclear deal.


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What if the Nuclear Deadline Is Missed? The Contended Standoff

(8) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 6:03 PM

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With less than two weeks remaining before the nuclear deadline of June 30th, the progress between the six world powers (known as the p5+1; the United States, United Kingdom, China, France, Russia, plus Germany) and the Islamic Republic appears to...

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Iran Welcomes Shell, BP, Total and American Oil Companies

(16) Comments | Posted June 14, 2015 | 8:09 PM

In an unprecedented move, Iranian leaders have welcomed American oil companies to enter Iran, upon the condition that sanctions are lifted. This move suggests that the Islamic Republic is putting its economic interests ahead of its revolutionary ideological interests. In return, the economic profits will definitely help Iran spread its...

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Iran Army Mastermind's Tactics and Strategies: Soleimani

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 4:49 AM

Qassem Soleimani, Iranian military leader, ideologue, and commander in chief of the Quds force- a branch of the Islamic Republic's Revolutionary Guard Corps that conducts extraterritorial military and clandestine operations- has been coming out of his shell and becoming more vocal in stating his opinions.

Recently, the general criticized the...

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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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