• NIAC Strongly Condemns Sentencing of Siamak and Baquer Namazi, Urges Their Release October 18, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    baqer-and-siamak-namaziWashington, D.C. – NIAC President Trita Parsi released released the following statement after Siamak and Baquer Namazi were reportedly sentenced to ten-year terms in prison: “The sentencing of Siamak and Baquer Namazi to ten-year prison terms is a gross injustice that should deeply embarrass the Iranian government. ...
  • NIAC Welcomes European Parliament’s Report on Diplomatic Engagement of Iran October 17, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    european-parliamentWashington, DC – The National Iranian American Council released the following statement on the report from the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs on EU strategy toward Iran in the wake of the nuclear deal: “The successful nuclear negotiations with Iran were a game changer and Europe is poised to make ...
  • Treasury Department’s FAQ Update Will Not Resolve Iran Sanctions Complications October 10, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    ofac-treasury-623x420Washington, DC – The United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) updated its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) regarding the lifting of sanctions under the nuclear accord with Iran this week. The revised FAQs are a simple restatement and clarification of existing U.S. sanctions laws ...
  • More Obama or Back to Bush? Experts Consider Next Administration’s Iran Policy October 4, 2016
    Roya Pourmand
    MoreObamaOrBackWashington, DC – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif viewed the nuclear negotiations and subsequent agreement “as a foundation to build on,” said Suzanne DiMaggio, Director & Senior Fellow at New American Foundation. “But they’re afraid that it is turning into a ceiling.”
  • 2016 Leadership Conference Remarks by Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes October 4, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-1-24-49-pmRemarks by Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes Annual Conference of the National Iranian American Council Washington DC September 25, 2016
  • Philip Gordon Previews Potential Clinton Presidency at NIAC Reception October 4, 2016
    Christian Jepsen
    screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-1-41-14-pmWashington, DC – According to Philip Gordon, former senior advisor to President Obama and current advisor to the Clinton campaign, Iran remains a major challenge to the United States, yet there are opportunities for more constructive relations following the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Gordon spoke at NIAC’s 2016 ...
  • Obama Advisor Ben Rhodes Keynotes NIAC 2016 Gala October 4, 2016
    Will Pierson
    screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-1-24-49-pmWashington, DC – “What we’ve learned over the past eight years is that it’s possible to make progress on something that once seemed intractable,” said Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor to the President, in his keynote address at the 2016 NIAC Leadership Conference. Reflecting on the Obama administration’s landmark ...
  • Leadership Conference 2016: Who’s Afraid of Hyphenated Americans? Confronting Misconceptions About Iranians and Muslims October 4, 2016
    Mitra Karami
    img_0640-2In the shadow of the Trump campaign, which has capitalized from and promoted xenophobic ideas and policies, an expert panel at NIAC’s 2016 Leadership Conference considered how to confront bigotry and racism toward Iranians and Muslims. None of the panelists expected Trump to win the Presidency, but author and foreign ...
  • Boeing License for Iran Sale Is Positive Step Forward September 22, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    airbus-and-boeing-are-bailing-iran-out-of-a-huge-problem-1NIAC welcomes news that the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has begun to issue licenses to Boeing and Airbus for the sale of civil passenger aircraft to Iran. This is a win-win that will save Iranian lives, create jobs for Americans, and ensure that ...
  • Lawmakers Trade Attacks Over American Prisoners Released From Iran September 13, 2016
    Roya Pourmand
    duffy The Congressional furor over a January prisoner exchange with Iran continued last week in the House of Representatives, with Republican lawmakers doubling down on allegations that the Obama Administration paid a “ransom” to free five Americans and Democrats calling the episode a political charade.
  • Omid Kokabee Granted Release August 30, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    991769-1461200117-wideWashington, DC – NIAC welcomes the release of Iranian physicist Omid Kokabee, who was granted parole by an Iranian court after serving five year in prison for charges of communication with a hostile government. NIAC remains deeply concerned about human rights violations in Iran, including the recent rise in detentions ...
  • State Department Warns Iranian Americans About Travel to Iran August 23, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC LogoThe State Department’s newest travel advisory highlights the continued risk of arrest and detention that Iranian Americans face when traveling to Iran, specifically advising U.S. citizens to weigh the risks and ‘consider postponing their travel’ to Iran. The advice to consider postponing travel is an addition to the State Department’s ...
  • Memo: The Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 and its Possible Extension August 8, 2016
    Ryan CostelloRyan Costello
    Screen Shot 2016-08-11 at 11.54.53 AMWith the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 (ISA) set to expire on December 31, 2016, several bills have been offered that would extend the legislation for a decade or more. Below, we answer key questions on the ISA and how its potential extension or expiration could impact existing sanctions authorities, ...
  • Policy Memo: Understanding U.S. Sanctions-Related Obligations Under the JCPOA August 8, 2016
    Tyler CullisTyler Cullis
    NIAC LogoIt is an elemental condition of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”) –- the nuclear accord between the United States, other major world powers, and Iran – that the U.S. ensure that Iran receives the full benefit of the lifting of sanctions under the nuclear agreement. Most U.S. observers, ...
  • NIAC Condemns Spate of Executions in Iran August 4, 2016
    NIAC Statement
    NIAC LogoWashington, DC – The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) released the following statement after the Iranian government carried out a spate of approximately twenty executions: “NIAC condemns the Iranian government’s recent spate of executions and reiterates its call for Iran to uphold its international human rights obligations. The execution of a teenager ...