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Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh is a Harvard-educated, Iranian-American political scientist. He is a leading expert on Iran and US foreign policy, a businessman and president of the International American Council. He serves on the boards of the Harvard International Review, the Harvard International Relations Council and the US-Middle East Chamber for Commerce and Business. Twitter: @Dr_Rafizadeh

13 May 2019 03:47 AM

More proof of cooperation between Iran, Al-Qaeda

It is a common misconception that since Iran’s theocratic establishment is Shiite, it will not cooperate with non-Shiite terrorist groups and militias. For example, some policy analysts, scholars and politicians continue to promote the argument that Tehran and Al-Qaeda are not natural allies due to their religious differences. Analyses that view the Iranian regime solely through the prism of religion are extremely simplistic.

10 May 2019 10:10 PM

Iran faces crisis if oil exports reduced to zero

When it comes to the Trump administration’s policies on Iran, one of the core objectives is to reduce Tehran’s oil exports. In fact, the White House is planning to drive Iran’s crude exports to zero. This idea was first publicly announced last month by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who emphasized that the US had “made clear our seriousness of purpose: We are going to zero"

06 May 2019 12:50 PM

Maximum pressure on Iran is driving internal change

Only two weeks after designating Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a foreign terrorist organization, the Trump administration also announced that it would no longer allow waivers for the purchase of Iranian oil after the current ones expire in May.

27 April 2019 01:16 PM

Iran’s investments in Syria in jeopardy thanks to US sanctions

Sanctions leveled by the US on the Iranian government’s military institution — the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its affiliates — as well as the banking system and the oil sector are placing significant pressure on the Islamic Republic.

22 April 2019 10:23 AM

Regime corruption to cause further decline in Iran’s economy

Iran’s leaders have been underplaying the country’s economic crisis, despite many Iranian people continuing to suffer financially.

19 April 2019 08:22 PM

Iran’s social media smear campaign against Arab states

Since the establishment of the Iranian regime in 1979, one of its most consistent foreign policies has been anchored in projecting the US as its major adversary.

14 April 2019 11:36 PM

After the deluge: Iran’s paramilitary looting takes a deadly toll

The official death toll from recent massive flooding in Iran stands at around 77, but it is more likely that well over 250 people have been killed by the disaster and as a result of bungled relief efforts.

11 April 2019 09:41 PM

US tightens noose on Iran regime with IRGC designation

This is the first time that the US has officially designated another country’s military organization as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.

08 April 2019 11:08 AM

Flooding crisis highlights Iranian regime’s incompetence

One important indicator that can show whether a political establishment is competent and efficient in governing a country is to examine the way it responds to, manages and controls domestic emergencies and crises.

06 April 2019 12:58 PM

How international community can curb Iran’s ambitions

The leaders of Iran remain defiant as they insist on pursuing the regime’s dark hegemonic ambitions in the Middle East.

01 April 2019 01:57 PM

Defiant Khamenei emphasizes Iranian regime’s aggressive policies

Every year, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei delivers a few speeches, with the annual address in Mashhad, a city in northeast Iran, considered to be the most important.

30 March 2019 03:05 PM

Nuclear inspectors must visit Iran’s military site at Parchin

The proponents of Iran’s nuclear deal are criticizing the new sanctions imposed on Iran’s nuclear program by the US last week.

25 March 2019 01:34 PM

On terrorism and Iran’s targets

Iran is gathering “target packages”, according to several former US intelligence officials.

21 March 2019 11:13 AM

Nowruz a time of resistance for many Iranians

Millions of Iranians, regardless of their religion, race, faith and ethnicity, will on Thursday celebrate the ancient and traditional Iranian festival of Nowruz, which means “new day” in Persian. Nowruz, which has been celebrated for nearly 4,000 years, also marks the first day of spring in Iran.

18 March 2019 10:44 AM

Iran’s embrace of Iraq shows US sanctions are working

Iran’s state-controlled news outlets and politicians have put significant emphasis on the relationship between Baghdad and Tehran after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani last week made a surprise trip to Iraq.

09 March 2019 12:57 PM

Hard-line clerics promoted as Khamenei consolidates power

This week’s changes in Iran’s judiciary system and the Expediency Council will have significant implications for Iran’s domestic political dynamics and foreign policy issues.

04 March 2019 03:21 PM

Hezbollah is a symptom, the Iranian regime is the disease

More countries are demonstrating an interest in taking a tougher stance against Hezbollah. The British government last week joined the likes of the US, Canada, the Arab League, the Gulf Cooperation Council and Israel in listing the Lebanon-based organization as a terrorist group.

27 February 2019 11:36 AM

Zarif’s resignation highlights Iranian regime’s fragility

In a sudden move, Iran’s top diplomat Mohammed Javad Zarif on Tuesday made the surprise announcement that he has offered his resignation from his post as foreign minister.