"My coming brought no profit to the sky, Nor does my going swell its majesty" Khayyam
“As far as you can avoid it, do not give grief to anyone. Never inflict your rage on another. If you hope for eternal rest, feel the pain yourself; but don’t hurt others.” Khayyam
“This world that was our home for a brief spell, never brought us anything but pain and grief; its a shame that not one of our problems was ever solved. We depart with a thousand regrets in our hearts.” Khayyam
“What is my true substance? What will remain of me after my death? Our life is as short as a raging fire: flames the passer-by soon forgets, ashes the wind blows away. A man's life.” Khayyam
As a businessman, public speaker and world-renowned political scientist, Dr. Majid Rafizadeh has been recipient of multiple scholarship and awards including from Oxford University, Annenberg, and University of California Santa Barbara. Frequently called upon to brief U.S. and EU officials, he has also been invited to teach at universities including University of California Santa Barbara through US State Department Fulbright Teaching scholarship, as well as, testify as an expert at U.S. governmental organizations such as the U.S. Federal Court. He is also the president of the International American Council, an author and sevres on the boards of several organziations including US-Middle East Chamber of Business and Commerce, Harvard International Review of Harvard International Relations Council at Harvard University, International advisory board member of USAID Center for Energy studies, and a memeber of the Gulf 2000 Middle East Project of the Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs. Dr. Rafizadeh has been called and listed as one of the most notable Iranian-Americans. His analyses and research are also utilized to brief governmental and non-governmental institutions including the UK Parliament and the United States Congress. He is named a leading expert member alongside former president and Nobel laureate F.W. de Klerk, former speaker of the US House of Representative and former senator, former state department official to John Kerry, former presiden of Latvia, Vaira Freiberga ,former UK ambassador, former vice president and prime minister of Iraq, Ayad Alawi, and former CIA deputy director of intelligence: https://raddingtonreport.com/our-experts/
Dr. Rafizadeh is frequently quoted in major national and international news outlets including CNN, BBC, Bloomberg News, Los Angeles Times, Aljazeera English, and he regularly writes for both academic and non- academic papers such as the New York Times International, Foreign Policy, Harvard International Review, Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Atlantic, Newsweek, Yale Journal of International Affairs, Aljazeera, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, and George Washington International Review, to name a few. He is also a regular political analyst and contributor for national and international outlets including CNN, BBC TV and radio, ABC, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, RT, CCTV and Aljazeera English.
He is regularly invited to speak at academic, diplomatic and foreign policy conferences including the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, the State Department's Leaders for Democracy Fellows, the France Institute of International Relations (IFRI), Institut français des relations internationales, Total multinational corporation, Milton Seminar for Diplomacy, and foreign affairs conferences.
According to CNN and BBC biographical features about Dr. Rafizadeh, he was born into poverty and became homeless in his childhood. He acquired several languages beside being a native speaker of both Arabic and Persian languages. During his childhood, his father was tortured by Assad’s forces in Syria and in Iran, for advocating for democracy, through various torture methods documented by Amnesty International including flogging, “al-Kursi al-Almani” the “German Torture Chair” and "the ladder" (sullam). According to CNN and France International , several of Rafizadeh’s family members, including children, have been killed in the ongoing civil war in Syria.
Quote from Dr. Majid Rafizadeh: "Our differences may strive to separate us, but most human beings share the same purpose, the same aspirations, and desires, to live a peaceful life. If we all made the choice to surrender self-interest and greed for the sake of unity, then this journey could be pleasant for every creature on earth.",
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