Publications

2017
YouGov-Arab News Poll: Many Americans Do Not View Qatar as ‘US friend or ally’
Poll: YouGov-Arab News. 8/6/2017. YouGov-Arab News Poll: Many Americans Do Not View Qatar as ‘US friend or ally’. Harvard Pub, Pp. 5. Cambridge. Also available at Academia.Harvard.Edu. Publisher's VersionAbstract

YouGov has recently conducted informative and intriguing public opinion poll among American citizens. The research was conducted in partnership with Arab News. The objectives of the poll were to explore American citizens’ perception of the Arab states, and their knowledge, familiarity and understanding of the current Gulf crisis between Qatar and four major Arab states, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain. In addition, the goal of the research was to examine Americans’ perception of Qatar, specifically aftermath the accusations regarding its support for terrorism. Intriguingly, only 27 percent of Americans viewed Qatar as an ally or partner of the US.  Qatar as an ally or partner of the US. The poll is considered the first of its kind. The overall result of the poll, which reveals a predominantly negative perception of Qatar among those who have knowledge about the issue, can be utilized in a number of ways including raising public awareness, further studies, as well as for political candidates, parties, and policy recommendations concerning Washington’s Qatar policy.

 

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Vision 2030 and Housing’s Success Story: Enhancing American and Saudi Arabian Business
Journal Article: DR. Majid Rafizadeh. 7/27/2017. Vision 2030 and Housing’s Success Story: Enhancing American and Saudi Arabian Business. Edited by. Harvard Pub, Pp. 5. Cambridge. Also available at Academia.Harvard.Edu. Publisher's VersionAbstract

Housing is a critical part of any healthy economy, and Saudi Arabia and U.S. economies are no exceptions.

Saudi Arabia’s Housing policy has become a model for the success of vision 2030. The Kingdom has been grabbing headlines over the past year ever since it announced its ambitious “Vision 2030”, which aims to diversify its economy away from dependence on oil. A key part of this plan is to take active steps towards providing affordable housing for Saudi citizens.

The Saudi Minister of Housing, Majed Al-Hogail has worked with great efforts in order to efficiently and successfully implement the affordable housing initiative of Vision 2030.

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Why is Qatar Unfit to Host FIFA World Cup 2022?
Report: SAPRAC, Salman Al Ansari. 6/2017. Why is Qatar Unfit to Host FIFA World Cup 2022?. Edited by Dr. Majid Rafizadeh. Harvard Pub, Pp. 9. Also SAPRAC, Cambridge- Washington DC. Also available at Academia.Harvard.Edu. Publisher's VersionAbstract

Qatar won the bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Qatar’s victory came amid controversies concerning bribery and corruption, which has led to the FBI's investigation and scrutiny according to Reuters.

A newly released report by the Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee (SAPRAC) sheds new light on why the authorities ought to reconsider allowing Qatar to host the World Cup. The report raises critical points about Qatar’s suitability to be the host of World cup 2022.

The first issue is linked to human rights violations. Qatar has been ranked in the top five countries in the world when it comes to the prevalence of modern day slavery, according to the Global Slavery Index 2016 by the Walk Free Foundation. According to Gulf Business, Qatar’s construction sector has been the “dominant form of slavery reflecting the demand of cheap labour to build infrastructure related to the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the country’s National Vision 2030.

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Saudi's New Direction Towards an Open Global Islamic Authority
Report: SAPRAC, Salman Al Ansari. 2/10/2017. Saudi's New Direction Towards an Open Global Islamic Authority. Edited by Dr. Majid Rafizadeh. Harvard Pub, Pp. 7. Also SAPRAC, Cambridge- Washington DC. Also available at Academia.Harvard.Edu. Publisher's VersionAbstract

 

It is no longer a secret that Saudi Arabia is undergoing a massive economic transformation. This transformation is so essential to Saudi Arabia’s security and stability, that it is taking every measure possible to make sure that it succeeds. What is not yet known, however, is that Saudi Arabia is also taking a new approach in its relentless efforts to combat strains of extremism that are continuously threatening both local, regional, and global stability. What makes this approach novel is that it confronts extremism to where it really matters: the ideological and intellectual battlefield. By examining the issue closely, and based on several reports, at the forefront of this effort appears to be a key figure, an up and coming star, in the Saudi religious establishment who is the current Secretary General of the Muslim World League and a member of the Saudi Council of Senior Scholars: Dr. Mohammed Al-Eissa. He also oversees the day-to-day operations of the Ideological Warfare Center (IWC), which aims to confront the roots of extremism and promote the true understanding of Islam.

 

 

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2016
Report: Salman Al Ansari. 2016. Germany and Saudi Arabia: Alliance in Counter-Terrorism. Edited by Dr. Majid Rafizadeh. Harvard Publications, Pp. 23. Also Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee (SAPRAC), Washington DC. Also available at Academia.Harvard.Edu. Publisher's VersionAbstract

The following report highlights and illustrates the most significant operations in which Saudi Intelligence has collaborated with international security agencies to thwart a number of terrorist operations, according to several credible sources. Additionally, the report reveals some of the most important commentary made by world leaders in reaction to the Kingdom's tireless efforts in the fight against terrorism. 

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Dr. Majid Rafizadeh. 9/23/2016. Battling Terrorism: Iran’s Rouhani vs. Prince Muhammad Bin Nayef. Harvard Pub, Pp. 4. Publisher's VersionAbstract

The top priority of world leaders gathered at the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 71), was combating global terrorism. The United Nations is a platform that can rally global and multi-lateral support, cooperation and efforts for counterterrorism. Although other topics were discussed, the critical question of the day shared by many nations was, as a global community, how could we battle terrorism? A constructive, multilateral and modern approach is needed to battle modern methods of terrorism conducted by state or non-state actors.

 

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Dr. Majid Rafizadeh. 9/21/2016. Creating Another Imagined “Great Satan” will not Absolve Iran Mr. Zarif. Harvard Pub, Pp. 3. Publisher's VersionAbstract

The more the west and the world reaches out to Iran in an attempt to reintroduce it to the international community, the more Iran finds itself under pressure at home to sustain its revolutionary ideals. 

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Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s Three-Pronged Approach to Counter-Terrorism
Report: Salman Al Ansari. 9/9/2016. Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s Three-Pronged Approach to Counter-Terrorism. Edited by Dr. Majid Rafizadeh. Harvard Pub, Pp. 5. Also SAPRAC, Cambridge- Washington DC. Also available at Academia.Harvard.Edu. Publisher's VersionAbstract

Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who according to the New York Times "has moved quickly to revolutionize his country’s economy in ways that offer tantalizing hints at even broader reforms", is now  establishing and spearheading  a new comprehensive, locally and internationally coordinated counter-terrorism strategy.  President Obama hosted Mohammed bin Salman in June, 2016 and discussed U.S.-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) as well as expressed appreciation for Saudi Arabia's efforts in combatting ISIS and contributing to the campaign against ISIS. While the strategy is centered around conventional methods of countering terrorism, such as monitoring, tracking down and eliminating terrorist threats, it will do so by focusing on eradicating any terrorist cyber-presence, combatting extremist ideologies, and establishing a coalition of countries. the Deputy Crown Prince pushed for three main directions towards the strategy that focus on tackling terrorism through multiple fronts that include (but are not limited to) digital, ideological and military fronts. Three centers have been established that take on each respective front. 

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Conceptual Framework of Saudi Arabia's Efforts in Countering Terrorism: The Case of Intellectuals and Mass Media
Hamza A. Baitalmal. 2016. Conceptual Framework of Saudi Arabia's Efforts in Countering Terrorism: The Case of Intellectuals and Mass Media. Harvard Pub, Pp. 17-18. Cambridge, MA: Also available at Academia.Harvard.Edu. Publisher's VersionAbstract

 

Although, the Saudi battle with terrorism is a security matter, it had been recognized from the beginning, that terrorist acts are an expression of a complex extremist ideology; a multi dimensional phenomenon . As a result the effort to fight terror can also be seen as complex and multi dimensional. In this study we develop a conceptual framework to help identify the Saudi effort to fight terrorism. This framework encompasses six elements: Security, Executive, Legislative, Judicial, Media and Intellectual Efforts. The framework could be useful to understand this case specifically, but can also apply to other more simpler cases, i.e. more direct efforts to fight terrorism.

 

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