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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

22 June 2019 01:21 PM

Maximum pressure the right policy to confront Iran

America’s Iran policy has been heading in the right direction since President Donald Trump took office, as steadily escalating economic sanctions have inflicted serious damage on the regime’s economy.

17 June 2019 01:59 PM

Deaths in Iran’s notorious prisons on the rise

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani continues to project himself as a defender of human and women’s rights, while evidence on the ground points to the opposite being true.

09 June 2019 09:49 PM

Tehran regime has lost its legitimacy

Iran’s politicians and state-owned news outlets will dedicate significant coverage this week to the commemoration of the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who died on June 3, 1989

07 June 2019 12:52 PM

Threat from Iran is not military, but cyber war

The Iranian regime has ratcheted up its threats against the US and its rivals in the Middle East.

03 June 2019 03:45 PM

West can pressure Iranian regime by supporting the people

The theocratic regime ruling Iran is in trouble.

30 May 2019 03:18 PM

Talks with Iran’s discredited negotiators would prove fruitless

Some policy analysts and governments are calling on the US to pursue the negotiations path with the Iranian regime, while President Donald Trump has offered to open talks with the regime’s leaders on several occasions.

27 May 2019 11:25 AM

Iranian regime must act to de-escalate tensions with US

Tensions between the US and the Iranian regime have reached new heights.

23 May 2019 02:25 PM

World should be alarmed by Quds Force’s plan for Iraq

The Iranian regime is prepared to once again employ political opportunism and use Iraq as a proxy battleground to advance the ruling clerics’ revolutionary, strategic and geopolitical objectives.

20 May 2019 03:26 PM

Tehran to increase pressure on Gulf states and their oil

Some policy analysts and politicians doubted that the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal would have any impact on Tehran’s economy.

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.