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  • 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_View   Two “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. While there have been calls from some in Congress to pass new sanctions that would violate the interim nuclear agreement with Iran ...
  • Iran Deal More Than a Nuclear Issue December 8, 2014
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    Kerry, Zarif, AshtonThe dispute over Iran’s nuclear programme was never just about centrifuges or breakout capabilities. It has always been a symptom of a larger geopolitical contest between the West (primarily the United States) and Iran, with roots that predate the 1979 Iranian revolution.
  • Unexpected Backlash to New Iran Sanctions in Senate Committee December 4, 2014
    Ryan CostelloRyan Costello
    menendez_395A new Iran sanctions bill being floated by Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) would force the P5+1 into a weaker deal or backfire by leading to Iranian nuclear expansion, according to experts handpicked by Menendez to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday. The witnesses’ criticism of the “trigger” sanctions ...
  • NIAC Policy Memo: Additional Iranian Concessions Under Extended Nuclear Deal December 3, 2014
    Jamal AbdiRyan CostelloRyan Costello
    New information has been released outlining significant new nuclear concessions by Iran under the extended Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) secured on November 24, 2014.
  • Update from Vienna November 24, 2014
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    Deal-SliderBeing in Vienna, I can tell you that the U.S. and Iran have never come this close to turning the page on the nuclear issue. As Secretary Kerry just said, “progress has been made on some of the most vexing issues.”
  • Strong Congressional Support for Extension to Iran Negotiations November 24, 2014
    Ryan CostelloRyan Costello
    Several key voices on Capitol Hill have already weighed in with their support of an extension to nuclear negotiations with Iran, including eight members of the House of Representatives that issued a strong joint statement. Below is a list of quotes from lawmakers that favor an extension: Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), Ranking Member of the House ...
  • NIAC Welcomes Extension, Urges Compromise to Secure Iran Nuclear Deal November 24, 2014
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    John-Kerry-and-Mohammad-ZarifNIAC President Trita Parsi issued the following statement in response to the decision to extend negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program: “For those who favor a peaceful resolution to the nuclear dispute, it is critically important these negotiations will continue.”
  • The Day After a Nuclear Deal November 20, 2014
    Tyler CullisTyler Cullis
    Iran-Apple-PeopleThe White House worked hard to fence Iran off from the world. But in the wake of a nuclear deal, will the US end up fencing only itself off from Iran? Iran might re-open for business soon, but don’t expect the Americans to be knocking on the door. With the U.S. and ...
  • Iran Nuclear Deal Could Spell End of the War That Never Was November 19, 2014
    Tyler CullisTyler Cullis
    Barak ObamaIn less than a week, the outcome of the nuclear talks with Iran will be clear. According to one P5+1 diplomat, the possibilities — ranging from most to least likely — are an extension of the talks, a comprehensive agreement, or an agreement in principle.
  • NIAC Statement on Congressional Human Rights Resolution November 18, 2014
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC LogoThe National Iranian American Council issued the following statement on H.Res.754, a non-binding resolution introduced in the House of Representatives condemning the government of Iran for its gross human rights violations:
  • How Close is Close? November 18, 2014
    Reza MarashiReza Marashi
    ZarifAs negotiations reconvene here in Vienna, Iran and its six counterparts in the P5+1 are close to finalizing a comprehensive nuclear deal that would end over a decade of conflict. How close is close? Some P5+1 negotiators say the deal is 95 percent done – but the remaining five percent ...
  • NIAC Urges President Obama to Establish U.S.-Iran Banking Channel November 12, 2014
    Tyler CullisTyler CullisJamal Abdi
    NIAC LogoWith a potential nuclear deal only weeks away, the National Iranian American Council is urging that a direct banking channel be established between the U.S. and Iran.
  • Pen-Palling With the Ayatollah November 10, 2014
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    khamenei1Only ideologues and the ignorant don’t understand that Obama’s letter to Khamenei is just pragmatic politics. If wearing a tan suit at a press conference is enough to bring on a deluge of criticism , President Barack Obama probably shouldn’t be surprised that sending a letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has made ...

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