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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

21 January 2019 09:41 AM

How Iran punishes dual nationals

The Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, whose administration is characterized as a moderate one, has frequently called for improving ties with the West, as well as encouraging skilled Iranians abroad to return to Iran.

19 January 2019 11:32 AM

Pompeo’s tour provokes differing reactions inside Iran

Many Iranian politicians, state-controlled TV outlets and Persian newspapers dedicated a significant amount of time to covering or commentating on the recent Middle Eastern tour by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which included visits to Egypt, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Oman.

16 January 2019 10:42 AM

Iranians still seeking democracy 40 years on from revolution

The 40th anniversary of the departure of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi from Iran is marked on Wednesday. When the last king of Iran, his family and loyalists fled the country on Jan. 16, 1979, it not only marked the end of the Pahlavi dynasty.

14 January 2019 10:27 AM

Iran’s proposed budget betrays economic crisis

At the end of each year, the Iranian government proposes a budget bill in the country’s parliament (Majlis). After the bill is passed there, a clerical body also has to approve the legislation.

11 January 2019 03:53 PM

EU sanctions on Iranian regime long overdue

While some politicians continue to advocate in favor of the Islamic Republic, it has become clear that the Iranian regime has in recent years been putting significant efforts into plotting assassinations and attacks on foreign soil.

07 January 2019 09:49 AM

Iranian opposition needs widespread support in 2019

For most of us, the New Year may mean going to a party and perhaps committing to a ridiculous diet or unsustainable workout plan.

05 January 2019 09:39 AM

Has Tehran achieved victory in Syria?

This week, Iran’s state-controlled Persian news outlets dedicated significant coverage to the latest developments in Syria.

17 December 2018 09:19 AM

Iran is meddling in Lebanon again

Iran’s current efforts to increase its influence in Lebanon have not been adequately addressed by the international community and some media outlets. For almost seven months, Lebanon has been struggling to form a government. The political deadlock forced Lebanese President Michel Aoun to intervene.

07 December 2018 04:22 PM

Missile launch shows Iran’s determination to increase tensions

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his team, including Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, continue to boast that the Islamic Republic is not in favor of hard power.

03 December 2018 08:30 AM

Iran must be held accountable for cyberattacks

Iran’s expansionist policies have attracted significant attention from some media outlets, politicians and scholars. The regime’s military adventurism in the region has been mainly carried out by the senior cadre of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), its elite branch the Quds Force and Tehran’s proxies, militias and terrors groups across the Middle East.

26 November 2018 11:46 AM

Iranian regime’s fourth pillar: Antagonism toward Saudi Arabia

When Iran’s mullahs set up the Islamic Republic in 1979, the pillars of its foreign policy were opposition to the West (particularly the US), anti-Semitism, and asymmetrical warfare by funding, training and arming terrorist groups and militias to act as proxies.

19 November 2018 09:40 AM

West should beware Iranian regime’s opposition smear campaign

For whatever reason, or however unreasonably, there are apparently some circles that are still prepared to close their eyes to the Islamic Republic of Iran’s human rights abuses, aggressive military expansionism, sponsorship of terrorism and cyber warfare in favor of “constructive dialogue.”

12 November 2018 02:01 PM

Iranian human rights violations show up Rouhani’s empty promises

The human rights situation has been deteriorating to an unprecedented level in the Islamic Republic of Iran. This highlights the empowerment of the hard-line judiciary system and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) under the so-called moderate administration of President Hassan Rouhani.

26 October 2018 07:28 PM

Iranian propaganda seeks to create discord and influence elections

The 2018 midterm elections in the US will be held in less than two weeks.

19 October 2018 10:59 PM

Opportunistic Iran regime supports Al-Qaeda-linked terror group

UN experts have recently shared a report with the organization’s Security Council that describes in detail how the Iranian regime has been cooperating with and assisting an Al-Qaeda-affiliated terror group.

15 October 2018 02:21 AM

International community must try to push Iran out of Syria

Iran is turning Syria into another Iraq. This means that, even after Bashar Assad regains control of the remaining territories, and even after the Syrian civil war comes to an end, the senior cadre of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its elite group, the Quds Force, which carries out covert and overt operations beyond Iran’s borders, will continue to have a decisive role in Syria’s military operations.

02 September 2018 01:30 PM

Does an organized opposition to Tehran regime exist?

When it comes to Iran’s opposition and dissidents, the regime has long been investing significant political and financial capital in running covert disinformation campaigns, propagating fake news, and misleading the public, both domestically and globally.

26 August 2018 08:36 PM

Iran’s hypocritical espionage activities must be stopped

Last week, two Iranians were arrested and indicted in the US for allegedly spying for the Iranian regime. The United States Federal Court charged Ahmadreza Mohammadi Doostdar, 38, in Chicago and, Majid Ghorbani, 59, in California.