Majid Rafizadeh / Majid Rafizadeh


Majid Rafizadeh, is an American political scientistscholarpolicy analyst, author, expert and commentator on US foreign policy and Middle East. Rafizadeh is president  and diector of the International American Council on the Middle East and serves on the board of the Harvard International ReviewRafizadeh is originally from the Islamic Republic of Iran and Syria. Rafizadeh is also a senior fellow at Nonviolence International and a member of the Gulf 2000 Middle East Project of the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. 

 Frequently called upon to brief U.S., EU, and Asian officials about US foreign policy and Middle Eastern affairs, Rafizadeh has been recepient of several fellowships and scholarships including from Oxford University, University of California Santa Barbara, Annenberg University, and Fulbright Teaching scholarship. His analysis and research are regularly used to brief various institutions and parliaments including the UK Parliament. Rafizadeh is a columnist, journalist and human rights activist. 

As a political scientist and scholar, Rafizadeh regularly appears on national and international outlets including CNN,BBC World TV and Radio, ABCAljazeeraFox NewsCTVRTCCTV America, Skynews, CTV, and France 24International. He is frequently quoted and writes for academic and non-academic publications such as New York Times International, Los Angeles Times, CNN, Fareed Zakaria GPSThe AtlanticForeign PolicyThe NationAljazeeraThe Daily BeastHuffington Post, The Nation, Jerusalem Post, The Economic Times, USA Today Yale Journal of International Affairs, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, and Harvard International Review, to name a few

As a public speaker, he is invited to speak at universities, academic, non-academic and diplomatic conferences such as Austrian-American foundation and Milton Wolf Seminar on Diplomacy in Vienna. 

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

His languages are: English, Arabic, Persian, French, Hebrew and Dari.

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Blog posts by Majid Rafizadeh

This article was first published on CNN.

As the crisis in Syria deepens, world powers have become more divided over how to resolve this crisis. The death toll exceeds 12,000, according to the United Nations. In an unprecedented move, the Arab League called for the UN Security Council to end the violence in Syria. However, the UN Security Council resolution embracing the Arab League’s proposal on Syria was vetoed by Russia and China. Considering the Syrian regime’s atrocities, the West along with the Arab League is pondering the reasons behind Beijing and Moscow’s reluctance vis-à-vis a change in Syria’s political structure.

By Majid Rafizadeh  |  October 5, 2012  | 

The world may have been able to pretend that it was not aware of the genocides taking place in Germany in the 1930s and '40s or in Rwanda in the 1990s. However, considering all the communication technology that exists today -- international news outlets, social media, YouTube etc. -- in the future we won't be able to claim that we didn't know about the massacre currently taking place in Syria. Will we continue to delude our collective human consciences into believing we didn't know? Are we collectively responsible?

By Majid Rafizadeh  |  July 28, 2012  | 

It is difficult to talk about this, but I think we should speak up to protect the lives of other human beings. Being the son of a man who was brutally tortured by Syrian security forces, al-mukhabarat, for standing up for his basic human rights and criticizing the regime, I found it very difficult to take the regime seriously when it denied engaging in acts of systematic torture. Some of the torture methods include "Falq haflat al-istiqbal or ''reception party'' that insult, harass and beat detainees on arrest, al-Kursi al-Almani or ''the German Chair', Sollom or "ladder", and keeping the prisoner in a room with no light for few days, then taking the person out and forcing him/her to look into the sun.

By Majid Rafizadeh  |  June 4, 2012  |