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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

16 September 2020 10:14 PM

Iran regime’s paranoia over future widespread protests

Although Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has in the past admitted that people have the right to protest, the Iranian authorities have become

14 September 2020 12:09 PM

Iran regime fears the power of the resistance

The latest developments in Iran suggest that the country is likely on the verge of a historic change. The economic situation is abysmal, the

12 September 2020 02:39 PM

Iran’s growing arsenal of missiles a threat to region

While much of the international community has been focusing on maintaining the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal, Iran

06 September 2020 11:21 PM

Iran regime uses iron fist in times of stress

There appears to be a correlation between Iran’s increasing military adventurism in the region and the regime’s deployment of brute force inside

30 August 2020 11:17 PM

Iran’s influence in Iraq strong despite regime fears

Iran’s regime is concerned about the direction the Iraqi government is taking and the repercussions this shift might have on Tehran’s influence

20 August 2020 11:21 PM

Lifting Iran’s arms embargo a threat to regional stability

Iran’s leaders believe they scored a major political victory against the US, its allies and regional powers when the UN Security Council last week

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