International American Council

International American Council
Middle East and North Africa



International American Council provides a global and advisory analysis  which draws on a worldwide network of experts. It seeks to  advise its clients for political, economic, cultural,  business, and  strategic landscapes. These policies, strategies and insight have enabled many people around the world to succeed in a world where the intersection of politics, culture economics, and business is critical.

International American Council on Middle East and North Africa (IAC) attempts to offer policies and news focusing on essential issues regarding the advancement of the politico-economic relationships between the United States, the Middle East, North Africa, and other Muslim countries. It seeks to promote political and economic relations, social justice, democracy, rule of law, equal rights, and freedom of speech, press, and assembly in the Middle East and North Africa. It provides  policies, strategies, insights and events from Israel, Turkey, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Morocco, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Egypt.

International American Council has appeared in writings and interviews on national and international outlets including the New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Huffington Post, BBC, and France 24 International, to name a few.
IAC is accessible in four languages: Arabic, English, Hebrew and Persian.



Research Director:  Mona Saghri,

Administrative Coordinator: Sarah Sorbon,


Research Assistant:  Laura Gates,







Policy Coordinator and Director: Arda Jooharian,


Zachary Tomlinson, Research Assistant


Sarah Jay Brown


Majid Rafizadeh

Majid Rafizadeh, an Iranian-Syrian,  is a leading and award-winning author, scholar, Middle East expert,  US foreign policy specialist, political analyst and human rights activist. He is regularly being consulted by major governmental institutions, NGOs, non-profit organizations, national and international media outlets as well as being quoted on outlets including CNN, Aljazeera English, France 24 English International, BBC, Russia Today, and Voice of America. He is on the board of Harvard International Review at Harvard University. Previously, he served as ambassador to the National Iranian-American Council based in Washington DC and conducted research at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

He has been recipient of several major scholarships including Fulbright Teaching Scholarship through which he taught at University of California Santa Barbara, Religious Studies Department. He has previously taught at several other universities in U.S. and abroad. He attended Harvard and has also received fellowships from several universities including Oxford University and Annenberg University.

Rafizadeh is a regular commentator and political analyst on various news outlets including CNN, ABC, BBC, Foxnews, Aljazeera, CTV, CCTV, France 24 English, RT (Russia Today), ETV, ENEWS, Sky News, NTN International News, Voice of America (VOA), and public radios over topics related to U.S foreign policy, democratization, human rights, the Middle East, Iran and Syria.

As a note speaker, he speaks at diplomatic centers, panel discussions, universities, institutions, interfaith seminars in the United States, Europe, Middle East, and other regions on U.S. foreign policy, democratization, human rights, religions, and Middle East politics.

Rafizadeh has previously taught at several universities including Damascus University, University of California, Santa Barbara, and Islamic Azad University, and Sheikh Bahaee University.  Rafizadeh is a member of the advisory board of Commission on Syrian Refugees and Gulf 2000 project of the Columbia University School of School of International and Public Affairs. As a project manager, Rafizadeh was formerly employed by the International Committee for Red Cross with regards to Afghanistan and Darfur, Sudan. Rafizadeh is contributing editor, writes columns for Harvard International Review, and he is guest editor for Voice of America (Middle East Voices project). He came to the United States on Fulbright Teaching Scholarship where he taught in the religious studies department at University of California Santa Barbara.

His works regularly appears on national and international magazines and journals including  CNN, Fareed Zakaria GPS,  The New York Times, The New York Times International, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, Foxnews, Aljazeera, Huffington Post, The Nation, Jerusalem Post, The Economic Times, USA Today, Harvard International Review, Yale Journal of International Affairs, Independent, George Washington Journal of International Affairs Review, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Haaretz, Foreign Policy Association, Jadaliyya, and Alarabiya, to name a few. His interviews and works have been translated to several languages including French, Spanish, Arabic, Persian and Russian.

Twitter: @majidrafizadeh





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