International American Council

International American Council
Middle East and North Africa

About

 

International American Council provides a global and advisory analysis  which draws on a worldwide network of experts. It seeks to advise businesses and global leaders on political, economic, socio-cultural, strategic, and geopolitical landscapes of the Middle East, North Africa and the Islamic world. 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.

Staff


              

Research Director:  Mona Saghri, monasaghri@iaccouncil.org

Administrative Coordinator: Sarah Sorbon, ssorbon@iaccouncil.org

 

Research Assistant:  Laura Gates, lgates@iaccouncil.org

 

 

 

Policy Coordinator and Director: Arda Jooharian, ajooharian@iaccouncil.org

Zachary Tomlinson, Research Assistant

 

Editor

Sarah Jay Brown

President 


Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

 

“Our differences of ethnicity, race, color, and religion may strive to separate us, but all human beings share the same purpose, the same aspirations, and desires, to live a joyful, peaceful life. If we all made the choice to surrender greed for the sake of unity, then this journey could be pleasant for every creature on earth. ” Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh is a political scientist, Harvard University scholar, and president and director of the International American Council on the Middle East . Rafizadeh serves on the boards of Harvard International Review and US-Middle East Chamber of Business and Commerce.

He has obtained several graduate 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 ( concentration: English, Arabic, Persian).

Harvard-educated and best-selling author, Dr. Rafizadeh is also considered a policy analyst, Iran expert,  US foreign policy and Middle East specialist, public speaker, a business advisor, and he is an award-winning journalist and human rights defender. According to CNN, BBC, and multiple national and international outlets, several of Rafizadeh’s family members including his father were tortured or killed in a campaign to silence Rafizadeh.

He serves on the board of several national and international organization. He is a board member of Harvard International Review, a leading expert and TV commentator on US foreign policy and Middle East and the author of several political, novels, or non-fictional books including  “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“,   “The Renegade: A Memoir of struggle, hope and enlightenment“, “Why They Hate Women” advocating for women rights, and the upcoming book “Third World War: The Nuclear War” and “Quran”.

He is originally from the Islamic Republic of Iran and Syria. He 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 of the Islamic world and the Middle East. He recently came to the US by winning the Fulbright Teaching Scholarship, and he was the Iranian citizen of the year to receive the scholarship. He recently became a US citizen.

Dr. Rafizadeh is native speaker of several languages including Arabic and Persian. Rafizadeh speaks English and Dari fluently, and learned French and Hebrew as well. He is a board member of several significant and influential international, governmental or non-governmental institutions. He  is  a member of advisory board of Commission on Syrian Refugees, International advisory board member, International advisory board member of USAID Center for Energy studies, and a member of the Gulf 2000 Middle East Project of the Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, to name a few. 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.

Frequently called upon 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), Rafizadeh also testifies  as an expert for courts, advise foreign business corporations and companies ( including those seeking to start work in Iran and the Middle East). He has 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 1,000 policy briefs and articles.

A public speaker, he is regularly invited to speak at universities, academic, non-academic and diplomatic conferences including Austrian-American foundation, Total multinational energy (gas and oil) corporation, Milton Wolf Seminar on Diplomacy in Vienna, and conferences on foreign affairs. He has bee invited to speak at more than 300 conferences, seminars and gatherings. In comparison to majority of Americans and Westerners who have Middle eastern origins, Rafizadeh grew up, lived, and worked in the Middle East and Muslim countries most of his life till recently. His interviews and works have been translated to several languages including French, Spanish, Arabic, Persian and Russian. Dr. Rafizadeh’s objective and hope is having a world where all people and creatures regardless of their background could live next to each other in peace.

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

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