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Iran Hardliners Nuclear Talks

Iran Army Mastermind's Tactics and Strategies: Soleimani

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 06.05.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

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.

Framework For Iran Nuclear Deal May Sideline Hard-Liners

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 04.06.2015 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — As Iran's nuclear negotiators returned home with the framework of a deal with world powers, joyous revelers joked that "still, t...

36th Anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution Victory

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Although not many experts, politicians and scholars held the belief that the Islamic revolution, its political system and the cleric rule would last long, the new system of governance which created upheaval in the socio-political system of Iran has survived for 36 years.

Iran's Geopoliticial, Strategic and Ideological Role in Iraq

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.17.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iran can replace American efforts in the region with informed and constructive policies that define Tehran as a benevolent regional power. The Islamic Republic can also take the path of investing in some religious and political groups while excluding others.

Iran 2015: Strategic, Geopolitical and Economic Priorities

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.08.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

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.

2014: P5+1 and Iran's Nuclear Negotiations

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Despite some of the diplomatic headways that President Rouhani and his negotiating team made and despite some of the limited sanction reliefs that Iran has received, the gaps between the six world powers and Iran remain to be deep to bridge.

Nuclear Extension: US and Iran's Domestic Politics

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The seven months extension of the nuclear negotiations between the six world power and Iran will likely lead to a more complicated process as well as negative consequences when it comes to domestic politics and reaching a final nuclear deal.

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

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.31.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Unlike the interim nuclear deal, the extension appears to lack any clear key terms upon which prospective nuclear talks would be anchored in, or a final nuclear would be reached. By extending the nuclear negotiations, the Obama administration can save face, add to its questionable Middle East achievements.

Iran: Syria and Iraq the Red Lines

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.16.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Currently, the US and Western allies' major campaign in the Middle East is fighting the Islamic State while ignoring to address Iran's military engagements in other countries, ignoring Tehran's determination for regional supremacy seriously.

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

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 12.28.2014 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

There have been rumors about Khamenei's health conditions for several years. Nevertheless, in the last few weeks, more and more images of Iran's Supreme Leader are emerging, reflecting his fragile and weak physical condition.

The Heightened Domestic Crack Down and Human Rights Violations

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

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 Republic mount up.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: A Supreme Autocrat Not a Shia Messiah

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

A recent tactical shift in Ayatollah Khamenei's policies indicate that he has increasingly become less powerful or "Supreme" as the mainstream media reveals or as his title indicates.

The Supreme Leader, Khamenei's Euphoria About Drones

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 07.23.2014 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iran's claim to have replicated the U.S. drone comes at a time when drone policy and the usage of drones by the Obama administration have become a crucially debated topic in Washington.

Women Rights and Gender Equality

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Many Iranian women activists who live in the Islamic Republic, and several of those campaigners whom I have interviewed, have shed light on the reality of women's rights under Rouhani's presidency.

Syria: High-Priced Economic Card for Iran?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Although the Syrian government and leaders of Hezbollah are offering differing signals from the Islamic Republic, Iranian leaders view the situation from another prism.

Surge in Executions and Human Rights Violations in Iran: Evidence of Rouhani's 'Moderate' Rule?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 06.04.2014 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

One of the most alarming trends indicating egregious human rights abuses has been the surge in executions, many conducted in public, under the presidency of the moderate Rouhani, particularly since the beginning of 2014.

Ukraine Crisis Bolstering Iran-Russia-China Axis

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The tensions between Russia and the West have further ratcheted up this week since the Crimean Peninsula's local government called for a referendum to secede from Ukraine. The current standoff between the West and Moscow concerning Ukraine might be viewed as the gravest instance of tension in the post-Cold War era.

Iranian-American Rapprochement: Iran's Shift Is Tactical, Not Strategic

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Kerry's recent speech and US foreign policy moves towards Tehran indicate that Washington views the current status of American-Iranian rapprochement as similar to the American-Chinese rapprochement in the early 1970s with President Nixon's trip to Beijing.

Human Rights: Iran's Crack Down on Arab Minority

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

In addition to the discriminatory laws practiced against the minorities, the ethnic Arab community has also been subjected to disproportionate exclusion from economic, social and political development.

Iranians Celebrated the 35th Anniversary of Islamic Republic

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Ceremonies in the Islamic Republic of Iran began two weeks ago, marking the 35th anniversary of the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, which deposed pro-West monarch Muhammad Reza Shah and brought in the Islamic Republic.

United Nations' Invitation and Irans Reversal

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Many nations attending the Geneva II conference, including the United States, appear to have been totally caught off guard by a recent hastily organized news conference and announcement issued by U.N Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

The Final Move to a Comprehensive Nuclear Accord?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The actual challenge is in the IAEA-Iran second phase, where the agency must confirm that the Islamic Republic has begun to take the promised actions, with no other clandestine activities continuing for military purposes.

Will Iran Use its Political Influence in Syria to Halt the Violence?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.12.2014 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

This month, Iranian leaders encounter a unique and distinct political opportunity to improve Tehran's political image. The "London 11" will hold a meeting in Europe next week and the subject of Iran's role in the resolution efforts of the Syrian civil war as well as delivery of humanitarian aid to the nation will be discussed.

Third Round of Nuclear Talks: Economic Recovery as Hardliners Strike Back

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.09.2014 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Intriguingly, the most immediate challenge to Iran's nuclear deal does not emanate from the six world powers (P5+1) but in making a deal with the hardliners who have made advances in their cause over the past few weeks. This trend is increasing across the country.