Arif Rafiq is president of Vizier Consulting, LLC, which provides strategic guidance on Middle East and South Asian political and security issues. He is also a non-resident fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC, where he studies political reform, sectarianism, and terrorism in Pakistan. In 2014, he completed a grant-funded study on the resurgence of Sunni-Shia sectarian violence in Pakistan. He is now conducting a grant-funded study on the economic, political, security, and strategic implications of the $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
A frequent contributor to print and web publications, Rafiq writes regularly for The Diplomat, Foreign Policy, and The National Interest. He has contributed to numerous other publication, including the Christian Science Monitor, Daily Beast, Los Angeles Times, New Republic, and POLITICO Magazine.
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.
From 2011-13, Rafiq was listed by Foreign Policy as one of the top 100 foreign affairs commentators on Twitter. He received an MA in Arab Studies from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.