Policy Positions

Preventing War:
NIAC opposes war with Iran because military conflict would imperil a democratic future for Iran, devastate Iran’s pro-democracy and human rights movements, undermine U.S. national security, and strengthen hardliners in Iran’s government.

Ending Indiscriminate Sanctions:
NIAC opposes broad sanctions that hurt the Iranian people rather than the government. NIAC supports a comprehensive nuclear deal that would remove the threat of proliferation, war, and the economic burden of sanctions on the Iranian people and in turn facilitate the growth of Iran’s pro-democracy and human rights movements.

Supporting Human Rights:
NIAC stands with human rights defenders in Iran and around the world and calls on the Iranian government to respect its existing international obligations and to ratify international human rights treaties.

Fighting Discrimination & Easing Burdens on Iranian Students:
NIAC fights discrimination against our community and opposes negative, inaccurate portrayals of Iranian Americans. We support expanding the number and types of US visas available to Iranians, including multiple entry visas for Iranian students.

Empowering Our Community & Preserving Our Heritage:
NIAC is proud to honor, celebrate, and protect its heritage in America on behalf of Iranian-Americans, whether this means delivering the first-ever Congressional recognition of Norooz, the Iranian New Year; waging a full-scale defense to protect ancient Iranian antiquities; or educating policymakers about the proud heritage of Americans of Iranian descent.

  • The Iran Talks Game Changer: An Israeli-Hezbollah War? May 27, 2015
    Trita ParsiTrita ParsiPaul PillarPaul Pillar
    Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a speech during a state memorial ceremony for late Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon on January 29, 2015 at the family's Sycamore ranch, near the Israeli city of Sderot in the southern Negev desert. Sharon died on January 11, 2014 at the age of 85, after spending eight years in a coma that struck him at the height of a decades-long career which saw him lauded as a military hero and statesman, but also reviled as a warmongering criminal.    AFP PHOTO / GIL COHEN MAGENThere are signs Israel may be at war again this summer. This time, not with Hamas in Gaza but with Hezbollah in Lebanon. Such a war may be the result not only of spillover from the Syrian war or ongoing Israeli-Hezbollah tensions. The deciding factor may be an Israeli calculation ...
  • Joint Statement of Iranian-American Organizations on Lindsey Graham’s Remarks May 27, 2015
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    statement logoMay 27, 2015  Joint Statement by: Aftab Committee * International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran * Iranian Alliances Across Borders * Iranian American Bar Association * National Iranian American Council * Pars Equality Center * Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans As organizations that represent the Iranian-American community, we are deeply concerned ...
  • NIAC Condemns Senator Graham’s Racist Statement, Demands Apology May 24, 2015
    NIAC Statement
    Senator Lindsey GrahamNIAC strongly condemns Senator Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) comments that “Iranians are liars” and demands an apology to the Iranian-American community.
  • DC Fundraiser a Success! May 21, 2015
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    may19THANK YOU to all who helped make NIAC’s May 19th DC fundraiser a huge success, for the sake of peace and diplomacy with Iran! Thanks to our generous DMV area supporters, we beat our $60K fundraising goal — and enjoyed a wonderful evening of inspiring words and delicious food!
  • Much More Is Needed From Iran Hawks to Oppose a Nuclear Deal May 19, 2015
    Ryan CostelloRyan Costello
    Senate hawks like Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) do not like diplomacy with Iran. Graham has repeatedly threatened war with Iran, whereas Kirk prefers to starve the Iranian people. Yet, given that most Americans do not want another military adventure in the Middle East, and largely support a negotiated nuclear deal with ...
  • NIAC Statement on Passage of Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act May 14, 2015
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC Logo“With the final passage of this bill, the onus is now on every member of Congress to evaluate a final nuclear deal its merits, compare it against the alternatives, and decide between war and peace with Iran.”
  • Obama is on a Quest to Rebalance American Power in the Middle East May 14, 2015
    Reza MarashiReza Marashi
    rtx1ct80-e1431551147118As President Obama hosts leaders from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, and the UAE on May 13 and 14, he will surely hear a push from them for a White House plan to contain Iran. However, recent candid remarks from Admiral Mike Mullen should cause America to think twice. ...
  • The Summer of War or Peace With Iran May 13, 2015
    Trita ParsiTrita ParsiJamal AbdiJamal Abdi
    551d9d1aafa48This summer, the US Senate will choose between war and peace with Iran. If the right decision is made, Obama’s pending nuclear deal with Iran will be sustained and both a war and an Iranian nuclear bomb will be avoided. If the wrong vote is cast, diplomacy will collapse and ...
  • The White House’s Sanctions Relief Toolbox May 13, 2015
    Tyler CullisTyler Cullis
    F041306PM-0035.JPGWhen Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif visited New York two weeks ago for the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, he was asked at an NYU forum whether Iran feared that Congress would force the President to abrogate US commitments under a nuclear deal. Zarif answered clearly, stating, “The responsibility of bringing ...
  • Nuclear Deal or Not, Dark Years Await the Middle East May 8, 2015
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    Kerry Zarif HandshakeThe regional impact of the world powers and Iran making a deal over Tehran’s nuclear program will be significant to say the least. It will mark a new era in the Middle East; one in which the US and Iran no longer will seek to undermine each other at every ...
  • Did Your Lawmaker Sign the Pro-Diplomacy Letter? May 7, 2015
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC-Historic-Letter150 members of the House of Representatives have sent President Obama the strongest Congressional endorsement of Iran diplomacy to date! These Representatives signed a letter, authored by Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) and David Price (D-NC), that endorses the framework agreement, urges that negotiations be given time and space to ...
  • NIAC Welcomes Schakowsky-Doggett-Price Letter May 7, 2015
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Washington, DC – NIAC commends Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Rep. David Price (D-NC), and all 150 members of the House of Representatives who sent a letter to President Obama today providing the strongest Congressional endorsement of nuclear negotiations with Iran to date. “This letter reflects the views ...
  • Chicago Fundraiser a Success! May 7, 2015
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    THANK YOU to all who helped make NIAC’s May 3rd Chicago fundraiser a huge success, for the sake of peace and diplomacy with Iran! Thanks to our generous Chicago supporters, we beat our $45K fundraising goal — and enjoyed a wonderful evening of inspiring words and delicious food! During this special event, ...
  • NIAC Seeking Development Director April 29, 2015
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC hiringNIAC is seeking a Development Director for immediate hire. The Development Director will spearhead fundraising efforts as NIAC continues to grow.
  • Congress Changes Rules on Iran: Opposing View April 23, 2015
    Jamal AbdiJamal Abdi
    kerry-zarif-mogheriniCongress should play an appropriate oversight role over a nuclear deal with Iran. Unfortunately, the proposed Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act is not oversight but instead an extraordinary effort to undermine the president’s ability to conduct diplomacy and change the rules of the game on our negotiators in the middle ...

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