Arif Rafiq is president of Vizier Consulting, LLC, a political risk advisory company focused on the Middle East and South Asia, and a nonresident scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington.
He has written for numerous publications, including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Los Angeles Times, POLITICO Magazine, The New York Times and The New Republic, and is regularly quoted by major news outlets, including the Financial Times and The New York Times. He has appeared on broadcast outlets such as Al Jazeera English, the BBC World Service, and WNYC radio.
Previously, Rafiq worked for the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution and leading public relations firms Burson-Marsteller and Ruder Finn. He received a master’s degree in Arab Studies from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.