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Will Trump be Prosecuted for War Crimes?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.29.2017 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Consequences for President Donald Trump's rhetoric differ substantively from those of Candidate Trump as such may affect his personal culpability over...

What Syria Needs Is A Real Political Solution

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 12.15.2016 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

The reconquest of Aleppo is a significant victory for the Syrian regime over the armed opposition which has now been confined to a few pockets in the east of the city. But this victory is drenched in the bitter taste of defeat.

Iran to Trump: "Death to America" Will Continue

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 12.14.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Ideologically speaking, Iran's hardliners, primarily Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and senior officials of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Cor...

On Trump's Presidential Victory: Losing Graciously and Winning Humbly

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.27.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

If politics were like sports, the losers would take their losses graciously; but Washington politics are not like sports. Some still appear to have ...

Iran: US is "Great Satan" With or Without Trump

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.21.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei said that the result of the US election made "no difference" to the Islamic republic despite president-elect Donald...

Assad Skeptical Of Trump But Says Syria Could Be 'Natural Ally'

Reuters | Paige Lavender | Posted 11.16.2016 | World

AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al Assad said on Tuesday Damascus would have to “wait and see” if U.S. President-elect Donald Trump woul...

Trump Administration: Iran and Middle East Policy

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.13.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

When it comes to the Middle East, the Islamic Republic of Iran is the linchpin and epicenter of many tensions and conflicts across the region. As an I...

Middle East: Iran on US Elections, Trump and Clinton

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.12.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Surprisingly, Iran's moderates, who use "softer" tone, have joined other Iranian leaders including the hardliners to criticize US elections and both t...

Countering Terrorism: A Comprehensive Conceptual Framework, Case of Intellectuals and Mass Media

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 10.30.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

In order to country terrorism more efficiently, it is critical to develop a conceptual framework for understanding and countering terrorism that encom...

Syria's Civil War Claims The Lives Of More Schoolchildren

Reuters | Alana Horowitz | Posted 10.28.2016 | World

By Ellen Francis and Angus McDowall BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels began a counter-attack in Aleppo on Friday with heavy shelling of government-held...

Iran Will Never Abandon Assad's State, Worst Humanitarian Tragedy

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 10.12.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Syria is one of the worst catastrophic humanitarian tragedies of our generation. Iran's role in Syria has significantly impacted the direction, magnit...

Rebels In Aleppo Reject Assad’s Amnesty Offer

Reuters | Paul Vale | Posted 10.06.2016 | World

Rebels holed up in Aleppo can leave with their families if they lay down their arms, President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday, vowing to press on wi...

Iran Buying Syria Lands, Territories, And Properties

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 10.02.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

A considerable amount of analysis has been dedicated to Iran's geopolitical, strategic, and military relationships with Syria. Nevertheless, the shift...

Iran's Rouhani Lashes Out at The US and Its Allies

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 10.01.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

As I predicted in a previous article, Rouhani conducted his tactical shift moving towards Iran's hardline spectrum, after Iran achieved its objectives...

US Congress Resolution Condemns Iran's Mass Executions And Calls For Action

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 09.27.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

A resolution (H.Res. 159) was recently introduced in the U.S. Congress in reference to one of the worst mass executions of political prisoners since WWII by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

How To Tackle Terrorism: Iran's Rouhani V. Prince Muhammad Bin Nayef

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 09.23.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

A constructive, multilateral and modern approach is needed to battle modern methods of terrorism conducted by state or non-state actors.

How Syria's Civil War Ends

David L. Phillips | Posted 09.23.2016 | World
David L. Phillips

All wars end. Syria's violent conflict will stop when combatants have realized an end-state that preserves their core interests. The United States can...

A Response To Mr. Zarif: Creating Another Imagined "Great Satan" Will Not Absolve Iran

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 09.21.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The more the west and the world reaches out to Iran in an attempt to reintroduce it to the international community, the more Iran finds itself under p...

Part IV. A Clinical Perspective: Why Does Trump Admire Brutal Dictators?

Michael J. Tansey | Posted 09.19.2016 | Politics
Michael J. Tansey

Thomas Jefferson insisted that an "informed citizenry" is the best protection for democracy. It is therefore extremely disconcerting that a staggering percentage of Americans cannot name our vice president or the country we fought for our independence.

In Russia-U.S. Deal, West Leaves Syrian Islamist Mess

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 09.15.2016 | World
Anhvinh Doanvo

With no official documentation publicly available, latest cease-fire negotiated by the US and Russia has been criticized as unusually vague, nontransparent, and weak.

Syria Ceasefire Deal Put To The Test As Government Forces Block Aid To Aleppo

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 09.15.2016 | World

BEIRUT/GENEVA, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Syrian government forces and rebels had yet to withdraw from a road needed to deliver aid to the city of Aleppo on ...

Middle East: Iran, is Khamenei a Monafegh and Fitna?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.12.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who enjoys the final say on Iran's domestic and foreign policies, has repeatedly labeled any opposition...

Prince Muhammad Bin Salman Three-Pronged Approach to Counter-Terrorism: AlAnsari

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 09.09.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who according to the New York Times "has moved quickly to revolutionize his coun...

To America: Sorry, The Islamic Republic Of Iran Will Never Be Your Friend

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 09.04.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

If you take this revolutionary value (anti-Americanism) away from the Islamic Republic of Iran, the system will crumble like a house of sand. That is why whenever leaders think that the U.S. and Iran are getting closer, Iranian top gilded leaders reassert the message that America is the enemy number one: The "Great Satan."

Russia First Foreign Military to Use Iran's Soil Since WWll

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.27.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iran Constitution's article 146 stipulates "The establishment of any kind of foreign military base in Iran, even for peaceful purposes, is forbidden."...