• Senate Fragmenting over Iran Sanctions, Surge of Alternative Legislation January 23, 2015
    Jacqueline Shrag
    kirk-graham--638x425-1Washington, DC – As negotiations with the P5+1 and Iran continue, Congress has grown increasingly divided whether to take action before the July 1 extended deadline for a deal. Despite an effort by Senate hawks to introduce legislation that would impose new sanctions on Iran, support for new sanctions has ...
  • Congressional Role in Iran Talks Debated in Senate Hearings January 23, 2015
    Lauren Pierce
    o-TONY-BLINKEN-facebookWASHINGTON, D.C. – “The more I hear from the Administration and its quotes, the more it sounds like talking points that come straight out of Tehran,” exclaimed the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Robert Menendez (D-NJ), accosting Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Undersecretary of ...
  • Analysis of New Sanctions Legislation: Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2015 January 23, 2015
    Tyler CullisTyler Cullis
    congress_sessionAs written, the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2015 would impose an escalating series of economic sanctions, culminating in a de facto economic embargo on Iran by December 2015.
  • Allies, Lawmakers and Officials Warn Against New Iran Sanctions January 22, 2015
    Ryan CostelloRyan Costello
    congressKey allies, policymakers and members of Congress have recently warned about the impact that new Iran sanctions legislation would have on efforts to reach a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran.   Europe/NATO Allies: David Cameron – UK Prime Minister:  “It’s the opinion of the United Kingdom that further sanctions or further threat of sanctions at ...
  • A Portal Between Tehran & NYC January 22, 2015
    Mahsa PayestehMahsa Payesteh
    Portal2 Without a doubt, the lack of diplomatic relations between the US and Iran creates a serious hurdle for Iranians and Americans to meet one another. But artists in NYC and Tehran launched a project, known as Portals, that solves that problem.   In December 2014, Shared Studios launched an initiative led by a team of Americans and ...
  • Obama’s State of the Union Sanctions Veto January 21, 2015
    Yasmin RadjyYasmin Radjy
    10525647_10153089987993938_4625895597107820689_n-1Wow – what a night! If a couple years ago, you had told me that President Obama would threaten Congress with a sanctions veto in the State of the Union — his most important speech of the year — I would have thought you were crazy.  But last night, the President issued another stern ...
  • NIAC Welcomes President Obama’s Iran Sanctions Veto Threat January 16, 2015
    Jamal Abdi
    NIAC Logo       Washington, DC – The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) released the following statement regarding the announcement that President Obama would veto new Iran sanctions legislation:  “NIAC welcomes the President’s promise to veto new proposed sanctions on Iran that would violate U.S. commitments under the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) and scuttle the potential ...
  • The Senate’s Gift to ISIS: Sanctions on Iran January 15, 2015
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    SWITZERLAND-IRAN-US-NUCLEARThe Islamic State has many enemies and very few friends. But sometimes, even declared enemies of the Caliphate (or ISIS) can lend it a helping hand. That is essentially what is happening now as Senators Mark Kirk and Bob Menendez push to undermine the nuclear talks with Iran — a ...
  • TEDxKish 2015: Tipping Point January 15, 2015
    Yasmin RadjyYasmin Radjy
    Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 1.57.19 PMNIAC is excited to announce to its members that the producers of the highly acclaimed TEDxOrangeCoast, a top ten TED conference globally, are currently planning the first globally attended TEDx in Iran: TEDxKish. NIAC’s very own Lily Sarafan is on the organizing committee and several NIAC members have already made plans to attend the ...
  • NIAC Warns Against Diplomacy-Killing Senate Sanctions January 14, 2015
    NIAC Press Release
    NIAC Logo       Washington, DC – The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) is deeply concerned by reports that the Senate will begin considering new Iran sanctions next week and warns that passage of new Iran sanctions into law would violate the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) and dramatically reduce, if not eliminate, the ...
  • Iran Nuclear Talks 101 January 8, 2015
    Ryan CostelloRyan Costello
    OMAN-US-IRAN-EU-NUCLEAROne of the most consequential decisions that the 114th Congress will make is how to approach ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran.  Negotiators from Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) could strike a historic nuclear deal in the months ahead.  However, the negotiations ...
  • What Iran Wants December 31, 2014
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    rouhaniAfter Havana, does Tehran want to be next? Does it seek to end the enmity with America, or just lower its intensity?
  • If It’s True on Cuba, It’s True on Iran December 17, 2014
    Ryan CostelloRyan CostelloTrita ParsiTrita Parsi
    Obama-CubaAmerica’s Cuba policy has long been an open joke in international circles. Seldom has a country pursued such a futile policy for so long while clearly recognizing its senselessness. It’s probably the foremost example of how American domestic politics can take its foreign policy hostage, leaving everyone a loser.  Today, President ...
  • A Message From Reza Aslan December 17, 2014
    Reza AslanReza Aslan
    As an Iranian American, I could not be more proud of how far our community has come, thanks in large part to NIAC’s tireless efforts to represent our community in Washington and in the halls of Congress.  Just two years ago, war seemed inevitable between the U.S. and Iran. Last year, ...
  • Congress to Establish Reporting Requirements on Iran Talks, Sidestep Sanctions December 11, 2014
    Ryan CostelloRyan Costello
    Capitol_Building_Full_ViewTwo “must pass” bills that Congress will consider this week before adjourning for the year would provide formalized oversight for Congress to monitor the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran.

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