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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

10 August 2020 02:29 PM

Iran-linked drug trafficking on rise amid financial crisis

Iran and its staunchest allies, the Syrian regime and Hezbollah, seem to be stepping up their drug trafficking activities, which span several

02 August 2020 06:34 PM

Iran has upper hand over Russia in Syria

On the surface, the Islamic Republic and Russia have been on the same side since the conflict in Syria erupted in March 2011. Both countries

30 July 2020 10:01 PM

Unrealistic to expect Iranian regime to change its behavior

The argument that the Iranian regime can be talked into changing its foreign policy, whether through diplomacy, negotiations or financial incentives

23 July 2020 08:43 PM

China the biggest winner as Iran’s economy collapses

The “maximum pressure” policy and sanctions imposed on Iran by the Trump administration have definitely achieved one of their main objectives

19 July 2020 04:13 PM

Iranian opposition figures unite to demand country’s freedom

The Iranian regime’s approaching demise became more apparent on Friday, as hundreds of thousands of Iranians and their international

13 July 2020 03:58 PM

Iranian regime betrays its principles with China deal

Iran’s politicians and state-owned Persian news outlets dedicated significant coverage last week to a secretive 25-year deal between Iran and

06 July 2020 03:02 PM

European powers key to extending Iran arms embargo

The US appears to be finding little support in the UN Security Council (UNSC) when it comes to extending the arms embargo on Iran, which stems

02 July 2020 03:09 PM

Iran must be held to account for global espionage, assassinations and terrorism plots

While it is important to examine what topics Iran’s state-owned Persian news outlets focus on, it is also critical to analyze what they decide

29 June 2020 03:37 PM

Iranian opposition’s fight for democracy deserves support

For more than 40 years, the desire for democracy in Iran has been channeled by the organized resistance movement. That movement reached an

25 June 2020 10:31 PM

International community must act on Iran’s nuclear defiance

Politicians and state-controlled news outlets in Iran this week paid significant attention to a recently released report by the International

22 June 2020 02:47 PM

Iranian opposition boosted by US lawmakers’ support

Bipartisan agreement in US politics is extremely rare these days. But support for democracy in Iran is one cause that effortlessly unites

20 June 2020 03:14 PM

Iran and Russia cannot afford to lose Syria’s Bashar Assad as an ally

The US sanctions against the Syrian government have tightened as the Caesar Act came into effect on Wednesday. Many Syrians have also been

15 June 2020 12:35 PM

E3 must extend Iran’s arms embargo for global security

As the expiration date for Iran’s arms embargo under the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal approaches, once again tensions among the P5+1 (the

04 June 2020 05:32 PM

Iran regime won’t negotiate with US until after 2020 presidential election

The Islamic Republic is experiencing one of its worst financial situations since its establishment more than four decades ago. This could bring

01 June 2020 03:04 PM

Hard-liners’ victory as ex-IRGC general Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf becomes Iran parliament speaker

For the first time since the establishment of the Islamic Republic, a former military general and member of the senior cadre of the Islamic

18 May 2020 03:01 PM

US needs help restricting Iran’s influence in Syria

US sanctions on Iran and the Trump administration’s maximum pressure policy are forcing Tehran to tactically shift its policy toward its

11 May 2020 02:44 PM

Iran eyes prisoner swap amid virus crisis

The Iranian regime frequently utilizes hostages as political pawns and leverage against other governments. It has been attempting to conduct

04 May 2020 02:59 PM

Ending of Iran weapons ban fraught with danger

The 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), aka the Iran nuclear deal, was significantly tilted in favor of the Islamic Republic, as