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.

  • 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 ...
  • Memo: The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act and Its Implications for U.S. Sanctions Policy April 22, 2015
    Tyler CullisTyler Cullis
    NIAC LogoOn April 14th, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted an amended version of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, S. 615 (the “Corker-Menendez bill”) out of committee. The legislation, which provides for Congressional review and oversight of any comprehensive nuclear deal reached with Iran, will now head to the Senate ...
  • Truce: Iran, the U.S. and the Middle East After the Nuclear Deal April 22, 2015
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    tehrnThe recent framework agreement between Iran and the P5+1—the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China—removed a major hurdle toward resolving the standoff over Tehran’s nuclear program. Though a final deal between Iran and the West before the self-imposed June 30 deadline is far from guaranteed, it ...
  • Some news from NIAC’s Outreach Director April 22, 2015
    Yasmin RadjyYasmin Radjy
    YasDear NIAC family, I’m reaching out to share some news: I’m excited and humbled to have the opportunity to pursue my Masters in Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, beginning later this summer. While this means I will no longer be part of NIAC’s staff team, I can’t imagine ...
  • NIAC Hiring Outreach & Field Director April 21, 2015
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC LogoNIAC seeks to hire an Outreach & Field Director, effective immediately, to lead the organization’s grassroots mobilization efforts, serve as main point of contact for members and the public, and lead communications to NIAC’s membership and support base.
  • Memo: President’s Authorities to Relieve Sanctions Under Nuclear Deal with Iran April 16, 2015
    Tyler CullisTyler Cullis
    NIAC LogoOn April 2, 2015, the United States, its P5+1 partners (China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, and the United Kingdom), and Iran issued a Joint Statement, evidencing that the two sides “ taken a decisive step” and “reached solutions on key parameters of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.” As one ...
  • Summary of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, as Amended by Committee April 15, 2015
    Tyler CullisTyler Cullis
    congressUnder the amended version of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, S.615, most fundamental elements of the original Corker-Menendez bill remain intact. This includes the most problematic elements of the original legislation. As amended, S.615: Delays the implementation of a comprehensive nuclear deal reached with Iran by revoking the President’s authority ...
  • Statement Opposing the Corker-Menendez Bill Compromise April 14, 2015
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC LogoThe compromise amendment that was struck by Senators Corker and Cardin does not change the fundamental problems with this bill. It still threatens to derail the talks and kill a deal, and we remain opposed to it.
  • Organizations Call for Key Changes to Corker-Menendez Bill April 14, 2015
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Sens. Corker & MenendezPro-diplomacy organizations called for Senate Foreign Relations Committee members to make substantive changes or reject S.615, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, in its current form.
  • Memo – Don’t Let Congress Kill a Deal: Oppose the Corker-Menendez Bill April 9, 2015
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    View as PDF Senators Bob Corker (R-TN), and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) have introduced S.615 – the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which claims to provide Congressional oversight of an Iran nuclear agreement but in reality threatens to kill any deal. Congressional Veto: The bill enables Congress to veto any final deal. Delay: The ...
  • Arab American Institute, J Street and NIAC Welcome Iran Framework Agreement April 6, 2015
    NIAC Press Release
    Coalition-Meme-FBShareImageWe congratulate President Obama, Secretary Kerry, and the U.S. negotiating team for successfully reaching an historic agreement that provides a framework for preventing a nuclear-armed Iran and averts a disastrous war.
  • Confirmed: The Hawks Were Wrong on Iran April 3, 2015
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    kerry-zarif-handshakePeace won. War lost. It’s as simple as that. Make no mistake, the framework agreement that was announced yesterday is nothing short of historic. A cycle of escalation has been broken – for the first time, Iran’s nuclear program will roll back, as will the sanctions Iran has been subjected ...
  • Congressional Support for Iran Framework Agreement April 2, 2015
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    congressFollowing the announcement of a framework nuclear agreement with Iran, several key Members of Congress have voiced their support: Rep. Donald Beyer (D-VA) “I congratulate the American negotiators, led by Secretary Kerry, as well as our P5+1 partners on reaching this political framework agreement. More issues remain to be resolved, but this ...
  • NIAC Statement on Solutions Found in Iran Talks April 2, 2015
    NIAC Press Release
    LausanneNIAC President Trita Parsi issued the following statement regarding the announcement that the P5+1 and Iran reached solutions to the key parameters of a nuclear agreement today: Today, the U.S. and its partners secured a commitment from Iran to significantly constrain its nuclear program and subject it to intrusive inspections ...

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