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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

20 January 2020 12:36 PM

Khamenei struggling to prove regime has legitimacy in Iran

Iran’s paramount leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say on Iran’s domestic and foreign policies, is facing one of the most

06 January 2020 05:30 PM

Qaani will employ same brutal tactics as Soleimani

Qassem Soleimani’s death has undoubtedly created fear among Iran’s proxies and terror groups. As a result, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei appointed

22 December 2019 11:14 PM

Reform or perish — the brutal choice facing Iran’s regime

As Iran’s theocratic regime enters its fourth decade of rule, internal divisions within its own government institutions are growing at an

13 December 2019 12:09 AM

Europe must act on Iran’s nuclear defiance

The European powers appear to be changing their position toward Iran, as they last week warned that Iran is developing nuclear-capable ballistic

09 December 2019 11:30 AM

Iranian protesters need protection from the regime

Thanks to the tireless efforts of human rights activists and opposition-linked intelligence networks, the world has acquired at least a partial

24 November 2019 11:34 PM

Popular resistance against Iranian regime will not die

The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani recently claimed victory and said that the protests have been defeated after a wave of demonstrations swept

26 August 2019 11:23 AM

Why Europe is wrong on Iran

As G7 leaders meet in France, what policies should they pursue toward Tehran and what should be done about the crisis in the Strait of Hormuz?

23 August 2019 09:51 PM

Desperate Iran boosts ties with Russian military

Iran’s state-controlled news outlets have this week dedicated significant coverage to the latest rapprochement between Tehran and Moscow.

19 August 2019 10:06 AM

UK must punish Iran for taking its citizens hostage

Another British citizen has reportedly been arrested in Tehran by the Iranian security forces.

16 August 2019 04:40 PM

Iran’s leaders anxiously watching US presidential debates

Of the 20 Democrat US presidential candidates who recently participated in the first two rounds of debates on CNN, nine so far have qualified for the next stage.

02 August 2019 05:35 PM

Iran’s leaders to blame for country’s financial crisis

Iran’s economy is in a much worse situation than international financial institutions predicted just a few weeks ago.

28 July 2019 03:18 PM

Iran’s harsh treatment of ethnic minorities

An increasing number of Arabs are being arbitrarily arrested, tortured and found dead in Iranian prisons in suspicious circumstances.

27 July 2019 03:35 PM

Iran’s blatant violations of international maritime laws

Iran appears determined to ratchet up its aggressive policies and subversive behavior in the region, particularly in the Strait of Hormuz.

19 July 2019 05:29 PM

Why the Islamist regime is so unpopular with Iranians

As the regime accumulated wealth and monopolized the economy, they saw no need to create jobs or improve people’s living standards.

15 July 2019 03:28 PM

Iran has a history of violating nuclear deal’s terms

Iran’s state-controlled Persian newspapers last week propagated the idea that Tehran has not violated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal.

12 July 2019 08:03 PM

Desperate Iran speeding up nuclear weapons bid

The Iranian leaders have become extremely desperate both economically and geopolitically as the US continues to tighten the screws on Tehran’s major sources of revenue.

08 July 2019 03:28 PM

Europe should pull the plug on Iran nuclear deal

Iran is blatantly violating the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal.

06 July 2019 03:38 PM

Iran’s tanker attacks a threat to the world, not just the US

Some government officials around the world may believe that Iran’s recent threats are solely directed toward the US and that the Iranian regime does not pose a national security risk to their countries.