Issues

  • Iranian-American Groups Urge Release of Siamak Namazi February 8, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    IA OrgsA coalition of Iranian-American organizations jointly sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry today urging for a redoubling of efforts to secure the release of Iranian American Siamak Namazi from detention in Iran. Namazi was detained while visiting Iran in October of last year and is being held ...
  • Iranians Support Nuclear Deal, but Enthusiasms Tempered Ahead of Election February 5, 2016
    Shervin Vahedi
    article-2341635-1A51B2C6000005DC-569_634x414With only three weeks remaining before Majlis and Assembly of Experts elections, a poll conducted by the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland provides insights into the views and attitudes of the Iranian public. Speaking at the Wilson Center this week, research scholar Ebrahim Mohseni ...
  • Can Iran Get Out of Its Own Way? February 1, 2016
    Reza MarashiReza Marashi
    Rouhani_0Iran wasted no time seizing its newfound diplomatic maneuverability. Two weeks after its nuclear deal with global powers was implemented, President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Italy and France with a clear message to the world: Iran is open for business. De-escalating tensions with the West facilitated $55 billion worth of ...
  • 3 Steps to Ensure U.S.-Iran Dialogue Continues Under Future Administrations January 20, 2016
    Trita ParsiTrita ParsiTyler CullisTyler Cullis
    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 27:  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the United Nations April 27, 2015, in New York City. The two were meeting at the opening of a UN conference on a global anti-nuclear weapons treaty, attempting to make progress in talks on a long-term nuclear deal.  (Photo by Jason DeCrow-Pool/Getty Images)Doubting the power of diplomacy is like doubting climate change at this point. Despite the skepticism Barack Obama faced in the 2008 elections for his willingness to talk to adversaries — including accusations of naiveté from Democratic and Republican rivals alike, Obama’s diplomacy has now both prevented a disastrous war ...
  • U.S. Sidelines Itself in the Rush to Iran January 19, 2016
    Tyler CullisTyler Cullis
    Iran Sanctions Apple The lifting of sanctions on Iran is an important milestone that has the potential to herald a new era in political and economic relations between Iran and the West. The big question on the table now, however, is whether the United States will be a part of this new era ...
  • The U.S.-Iran Prisoner Swap Is Yet Another Victory for Diplomacy and Human Rights January 16, 2016
    Reza MarashiReza Marashi
    WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 6: FILE,
The Washington Post via Getty Images's Jason Rezaian at The Washington Post via Getty Images in Washington, DC on November 6, 2013. 
(Photo by Zoeann Murphy/The Washington Post via Getty Images)Diplomacy’s great promise is that one can never predict where discussions will lead once they have begun. Serious, sustained negotiations first produced a historic nuclear deal between the U.S. and Iran. They continued working together to ensure that 10 American sailors were released from Iranian custody less than 24 hours ...
  • NIAC Applauds Implementation Day Milestone for Iran Nuclear Accord January 16, 2016
    Ryan CostelloRyan Costello
    handshake              Washington, DC – NIAC Policy Director Jamal Abdi issued the following statement ahead of the expected announcement that the parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) have reached “Implementation Day,” a major milestone in which Iran has completed key nuclear concessions and the international community eases nuclear-related sanctions ...
  • NIAC Applauds Release of Americans Imprisoned in Iran January 16, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Free3 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Reza Marashi Phone: 206-383-9173 Email: rmarashi@niacouncil.org   Washington, DC – NIAC President Trita Parsi released the following statement after high-level U.S.-Iran negotiations led to the release of Americans imprisoned in Iran, including Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian:   “The agreement to free Americans imprisoned in Iran* – Jason Rezaian, Amir Hekmati, Saeed ...
  • NIAC Condemns Iran’s Arrest of Poet Hila Sedighi January 11, 2016
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    maxresdefault“The arrest of Hila Sedighi is part of an outrageous ongoing campaign to attack free speech in Iran. Sedighi was reportedly sentenced in absentia on charges by the Culture and Media Court while she was living in the United Arab Emirates, and arrested upon arrival in Tehran. As has been ...
  • The Privilege Saudi Arabia Enjoyed Under U.S.-Led Order in the Mideast Is Over January 8, 2016
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    Screen Shot 2016-01-09 at 2.41.11 AMAt his first press conference after getting elected, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani singled out Saudi Arabia as the country his government would try particularly hard to build friendly relations with. He even referred to Saudis as Iran’s “brothers.” Things didn’t turn out quite as Rouhani had hoped. Middle Eastern geopolitics have changed ...
  • Why the Fight Between Iran and Saudi Arabia Isn’t About Religion January 8, 2016
    Reza MarashiReza Marashi
    Screen Shot 2016-01-09 at 2.33.58 AMWhen Saudi Arabia unexpectedly executed the prominent political dissident and Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr a week ago, the Sunni Kingdom may not have known how Iran’s Shia-dominated government would respond — but it certainly knew that Iran would. The subsequent storming of the Saudi embassy in Tehran and the ...
  • The Logic Behind Escalating Tensions in the Middle East January 6, 2016
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    RTX20VG3-614x400The escalating tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran is the story of a declining state desperately seeking to reverse the balance of power shifting in favor of its rising rival. History teaches us that it is not rising states that tend to be reckless, but declining powers. Rising states have ...
  • Saudi Arabia Is the George W. Bush of the Middle East January 5, 2016
    Reza MarashiReza Marashi
    FP Piece SaudiEven for the Middle East, the last few days qualify as a rough patch. Let’s recap: The Saudi government executed a prominent political dissident and religious minority, despite knowing in advance that it would spark domestic and international backlash. In doing so, it made a growing sectarian problem in the ...
  • Will the U.S. Fall for Saudi Arabia’s Deliberate Provocation in Killing of Shi’ite cleric? January 4, 2016
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    Reuters Saudi PieceThere should be little doubt that Saudi Arabia wanted to escalate regional tensions into a crisis by executing Shi’ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr. On the same day, Riyadh also unilaterally withdrew from the ceasefire agreement in Yemen. By allowing protestors to torch the Saudi embassy in Tehran in response, Iran seems ...
  • Can the Iran Accord Survive New Challenges? December 31, 2015
    Ryan CostelloRyan Costello
    iran_1436023194125_20803780_ver1.0_640_480 While Iran has swiftly moved to comply with the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the multilateral nuclear accord struck in July, hardliners in both Iran and the U.S. have already succeeded in provoking actions that threaten to poison the atmosphere for the deal’s implementation. As the agreement enters ...