In 2014, Rafiq completed a grant-funded study on the resurgence of Sunni-Shiite sectarian violence in Pakistan. He is now conducting a grant-funded study on the economic, sociopolitical, 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 publications, including the Christian Science Monitor, CTC Sentinel, Daily Beast, Los Angeles Times, New Republic, and Politico Magazine.
Previously, Rafiq worked for the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution and leading public relations firms Burson-Marsteller and Ruder Finn. From 2011-2013, Rafiq was listed by Foreign Policy as one of the top 100 foreign affairs commentators on Twitter.
Rafiq received a Master of Arts in Arab studies from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.