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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

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.

06 April 2019 12:58 PM

How international community can curb Iran’s ambitions

The leaders of Iran remain defiant as they insist on pursuing the regime’s dark hegemonic ambitions in the Middle East.

01 April 2019 01:57 PM

Defiant Khamenei emphasizes Iranian regime’s aggressive policies

Every year, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei delivers a few speeches, with the annual address in Mashhad, a city in northeast Iran, considered to be the most important.

30 March 2019 03:05 PM

Nuclear inspectors must visit Iran’s military site at Parchin

The proponents of Iran’s nuclear deal are criticizing the new sanctions imposed on Iran’s nuclear program by the US last week.

25 March 2019 01:34 PM

On terrorism and Iran’s targets

Iran is gathering “target packages”, according to several former US intelligence officials.

21 March 2019 11:13 AM

Nowruz a time of resistance for many Iranians

Millions of Iranians, regardless of their religion, race, faith and ethnicity, will on Thursday celebrate the ancient and traditional Iranian festival of Nowruz, which means “new day” in Persian. Nowruz, which has been celebrated for nearly 4,000 years, also marks the first day of spring in Iran.

18 March 2019 10:44 AM

Iran’s embrace of Iraq shows US sanctions are working

Iran’s state-controlled news outlets and politicians have put significant emphasis on the relationship between Baghdad and Tehran after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani last week made a surprise trip to Iraq.

09 March 2019 12:57 PM

Hard-line clerics promoted as Khamenei consolidates power

This week’s changes in Iran’s judiciary system and the Expediency Council will have significant implications for Iran’s domestic political dynamics and foreign policy issues.

04 March 2019 03:21 PM

Hezbollah is a symptom, the Iranian regime is the disease

More countries are demonstrating an interest in taking a tougher stance against Hezbollah. The British government last week joined the likes of the US, Canada, the Arab League, the Gulf Cooperation Council and Israel in listing the Lebanon-based organization as a terrorist group.

27 February 2019 11:36 AM

Zarif’s resignation highlights Iranian regime’s fragility

In a sudden move, Iran’s top diplomat Mohammed Javad Zarif on Tuesday made the surprise announcement that he has offered his resignation from his post as foreign minister.

25 February 2019 03:38 PM

Tehran’s cyberattacks on foreign targets a growing threat

While the Iranian regime’s military adventurism and increasing efforts to ship advanced weaponries to militia and terror groups across the region have grabbed international headlines, Tehran’s decision to renew its cyberattacks against foreign entities is receiving less attention.

22 February 2019 11:15 AM

Iranian leaders can only blame themselves for deadly attacks

This week, one of the top stories in Iran’s state-controlled Persian outlets has been linked to the recent suicide attack on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in the volatile southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchistan.

16 February 2019 10:56 AM

Warsaw summit has Iranian regime worried

The US this week led a two-day summit on the Middle East in Warsaw, Poland. Although the official title was “Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East,” the main topic on the agenda was to chart a path toward confronting Iran’s destructive, militaristic and aggressive behavior in the region.

13 February 2019 11:16 AM

Iranians close to reviving the original intent of their uprising

Up until its final stages, the Iranian Revolution never intended to install an Islamist theocracy.

09 February 2019 11:35 AM

EU’s new Iran trade mechanism doomed to fail

The latest attempts by the EU to salvage the nuclear deal have made headlines among the state-controlled news outlets in Iran. Three European governments — Germany, France and the UK — have set up a new mechanism called the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX).

03 February 2019 11:33 PM

Rouhani deluded in blaming others for Iran’s economic woes

​The so-called moderate political party of Iran, the Moderation and Development Party, came to power by promising the people that it would be concentrating on the nation’s economic problems, as well as lifting restrictions on social and political liberties.