Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh, is a political scientist, Harvard University scholar, policy analyst, Iran expert, best selling author, US foreign policy and Middle East specialist, and public speaker. A business advisor, leading expert and TV commentator on US foreign policy and Middle East, Dr. Rafizadeh is president  and director of the International American Council on the Middle East and serves on the board of Harvard International Review. He is the author of several books including "Why They Hate Women" advocating for women rights, "US Foreign Policy: Understanding ISIS, the Middle East and the Complexity of the Syrian Civil War" introducing new theoretical and practical methods accessible to readers to analyze the Middle East, "Child Marriage", and the upcoming books  "The Renegade: A Memoir of struggle, hope and enlightenment" and "Third World War: The Nuclear War".  Rafizadeh is originally from the Islamic Republic of Iran and Syria, grew up, worked, and lived most of his life in both Shia and Sunni societies, the Arab and persian world giving him the first hand experience in understanding the socio-political, socio-economic, cultural and religious landscapes. He recently came to the US on Fulbright Teaching Scholarship, was the only Iranian who obtained the scholarship in that year, and later he became a US citizen.

Dr. Rafizadeh is a board member of several significant and influential international and governmental institutions, and he is native speaker of couple of languages including Arabic and Persian. Rafizadeh speaks English and Dari fluently, and can converse in French, Hebrew as well. He  is  a member of the Gulf 2000 Middle East Project of the Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs,  member of advisory board of Commission on Syrian Refugees, International advisory board member, International advisory board member of USAID Center for Energy studies, to name a few, and he served a senior fellow at Nonviolence International based in Washington DC, conducted research at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC, and served as an ambassador for the National Iranian American Council. Rafizadeh is also journalist and human rights activist.

Rafizadeh has been frequently called upon to testify in courts as an expert, to advise foreign business corporations and companies seeking to start work in Iran and the Middle East, and to brief U.S., EU, and Asian officials regarding US foreign policy and socio-economic, cultural and socio-political affairs of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). 

Dr. Rafizadeh has obtained several degrees including Doctorate (Ph.D) in Government and International Affairs,  Masters in Global and International Studies, Masters in Journalism and Communication,  Masters in Linguistic and teaching, and Bachelors degree in Linguistic and languages ( English, Arabic, Persian). 

Rafizadeh has also taught at several universities such as University of California Santa Barbara through Fulbright Teaching scholarship. He has been recipient of several fellowships and scholarships including from Oxford University, Annenberg, and University of California Santa Barbara. His analysis and research are regularly used to brief various institutions and parliaments including the UK Parliament. Previously he worked at the United Nations, International Committee for Red Cross, and conducted research at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Council on US-Arab Relations.  

As a political scientist and scholar, Rafizadeh regularly appears on national and international outlets including CNN, BBC World TV and Radio, ABC, Aljazeera, Fox News, CTV, RT, CCTV America, Skynews, CTV, and France 24 International, to name a few. He is frequently quoted on national and international outlets and  he writes for academic and non-academic publications, and contributes to several respected international news outlets, including New York Times International, Los Angeles Times, CNN, Farred zakaria GPS, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy,  The Nation, The National. Aljazeera, The Daily Beast, Huffington Post, The Nation, Jerusalem Post, The Economic Times, USA Today Yale Journal of International Affairs, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, and Harvard International Review.  Rafizadeh has written more than 300 articles and analysis. 

As a public speaker, he is regularly invited to speak at universities, academic, non-academic and diplomatic conferences such as Austrian-American foundation, Total multinational energy (gas and oil) corporation, Milton Wolf Seminar on Diplomacy in Vienna, and conferences on foreign affairs.

In comparison to many Americans and Westerners with Middle eastern origins, Rafizadeh grew up, lived, and worked in the Middle East most of his life till recently. He has the first hand experience of living in both the Persian and Arab world, both the Sunni and Shiite nations, and gained on-the-ground knowledge about the linked (modern and contemporary) social, socio-economic, socio-political, religious and cultural landscapes of these societies in comparison to the Western ones. 

His interviews and works have been translated to several languages including French, Spanish, Arabic, Persian and Russian. 

He can be reached at: Dr.rafizadeh@post.harvard.edu or majid_rafizadeh@hotmail.com

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