Arif Rafiq is president of Vizier Consulting, LLC. He is also an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC, where he is conducting research on Sunni-Shia conflict in Pakistan and the reform of national security policy-making in the country.
A frequent contributor to print and web publications, he writes regularly for The Diplomat, Foreign Policy, and The National Interest. Rafiq has contributed to the Christian Science Monitor, Daily Beast, and the Los Angeles Times. Previously, he worked for the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution and public relations firms Burson-Marsteller and Ruder Finn.
From 2011-13, Rafiq was listed by Foreign Policy as one of its top 100 foreign affairs commentators on Twitter. He received an MA in Arab Studies from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.