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Naysan Rafati

Analyst, Iran
Washington DC

Crisis Group Role

Naysan Rafati is Crisis Group’s Iran Analyst. His research is focused on the Iran nuclear deal and Iran’s regional policies. He joined the organisation in October 2017 and is based in Washington.

Professional Background

Prior to joining Crisis Group, Naysan was a Transatlantic Postdoctoral Fellow in International Relations and Security (TAPIR) at the RAND Corporation, the United States Institute of Peace, and the Institut français des relations internationales.

He holds MSt and DPhil degrees in Oriental Studies from St Antony's College, Oxford, where he was awarded the Albert Hourani and Jenkins Memorial Scholarships and taught various courses on Middle East politics and history. He received his BA magna cum laude from Yale.


  • English
  • Persian
  • Arabic
  • Hebrew


Naysan has written for a variety of publications including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Le Monde Diplomatique (English), and the Financial Times.

In The News

26 Jan 2018
Internally, [Iran's Prensident] Rouhani has been trying to clip the wings of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), on their military moves but also economic influence. Business Insider

Naysan Rafati

Analyst, Iran
11 Jan 2018
Iranian government's opponents will focus on [Ayatollah] Khamenei's self-critical statements and appointment to what was intended to be a caretaker position, as evidence of inter-regime wheeling. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Naysan Rafati

Analyst, Iran
2 Jan 2018
The scale and scope of the [Iranian] unrest as well as the varied demands raised by the protesters make it more difficult to make tangible concessions that would address their grievances. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Naysan Rafati

Analyst, Iran