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  • Stakes Could Not Be Higher for Iran Nuclear Negotiations Says Panel July 21, 2014
    Wright Smith
    A Good Deal is Better Than No Deal Washington, DC – “There is the impression that a ‘no deal’ scenario would be a continuation of the current status quo, and I think that is fundamentally erroneous,” said Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), speaking on an Atlantic Council panel with former White House Director ...
  • War lobby is outspending us July 18, 2014
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    NIAC LogoJust now, negotiators in Vienna confirmed that they could not reach an agreement by the July 20 deadline, and instead have agreed to a 4 month extension of the talks. This shows that the talks are tough – and that the negotiators are committed to get a deal, even if it may take a ...
  • NIAC Statement on Extension of Iran Nuclear Negotiations July 18, 2014
    NIAC Press Release
          The President of the National Iranian American Council, Dr. Trita Parsi, issued the following statement in response to the decision to extend negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program: For those that believe a diplomatic solution is better than a war, this extension is critically important. Extending the talks will keep the United ...
  • If Iran Negotiations Need to Continue, Let Them July 18, 2014
    Ryan CostelloRyan Costello
    (Special to Huffington Post) Regardless of whether or not negotiators conclude a final Iran nuclear deal by Sunday, the United States and Iran have made steady progress toward resolving a crisis that is decades in the making. It appears that the key hurdle to a diplomatic breakthrough is a surmountable one: ...
  • NIAC Presents Sanctions Report on Capitol Hill July 18, 2014
    Kamyar Ghorbanebrahimi
    Washington, DC —“The cost to the United States has been between 134.7 million and 175.3 million since 1995 to 2012,” said Dr. Trita Parsi, of the National Iranian American Council, speaking at a NIAC briefing on Capitol Hill this week.  NIAC provided a special preview of a new report, ...
  • Policy Memo: A Good Deal Is Better Than No Deal July 17, 2014
    NIAC Press Release
    A Good Deal is Better Than No DealFailure to reach a nuclear deal with Iran will lead to a deterioration of the situation with severe military, economic and security consequences, according to a new NIAC Policy Memo.
  • Sanctions on Iran ‘cost West billions’ July 16, 2014
    Trita ParsiTrita ParsiReza MarashiReza MarashiJonathan Leslie
    3According to our study, the United States is by far the biggest loser of all nations enforcing sanctions on Iran. From 1995 to 2012, the U.S. sacrificed between $134.7 and $175.3 billion in potential export revenue to Iran.
  • Menendez-Graham Iran Letter Could Derail Iran Nuclear Deal, Box-in Senate July 15, 2014
    Jamal Abdi
    Lindsey Graham and Robert MenendezNIAC sent the following letter urging Senators to refrain from signing the Menendez-Graham letter to President Obama regarding nuclear negotiations with Iran.
  • Report: Iran Sanctions Cost US Economy up to $175 Billion July 14, 2014
    NIAC Press Release
    Losing Billions ReportNew report details massive lost US job opportunities due to Iran sanctions Washington, DC – U.S. sanctions on Iran have carried a significant cost to the U.S. economy, a new report published by the National Iranian American Council today finds. Losing Billions – The Cost of Iran Sanctions to the U.S. ...
  • Historic Opportunity July 14, 2014
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    Seal-the-Deal-Video In just a few days, we may have a groundbreaking diplomatic agreement resolving the conflict over Iran’s nuclear program.   So much is at stake. The difference between success and failure could not be starker. With a deal, we can finally take the threat of war off the table, end the economic ...
  • Save the Date: 2014 Leadership Conference July 11, 2014
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Leadership-Conference-2014-Save-Date.In these changing times for our community, don’t just witness a new beginning… help forge it. This past year has been momentous for the Iranian-American community. With historic engagement between the United States and Iran, the role our community can play in democracy has changed drastically – and your involvement can only mean ...
  • Sanctions Experts Visualize Smart Sanctions Relief July 11, 2014
    Nishaat Shaik
    IMG_2878 Washington, DC – With a potential Iran nuclear deal a little more than a week away, expertise on the issue of sanctions relief is in high demand on Capitol Hill. This week, the National Iranian American Council held a briefing on the issue with three leading experts who helped Congressional ...
  • NIAC Statement on Royce-Engel Iran Letter July 10, 2014
    Jamal Abdi
    NIAC Logo       Washington, DC – National Iranian American Council (NIAC) Policy Director Jamal Abdi released the following statement regarding the “Royce-Engel letter” that was sent to the President today concerning nuclear negotiations with Iran:   The United States is closer than ever to securing an agreement that prevents war and limits Iran’s nuclear ...
  • Iranian-American Profile: Ramin Serry’s Film, Maryam, Available on Amazon Streaming July 10, 2014
    Nishaat Shaik
    maryam Iranian Americans’ rich political and personal experiences often involve true tales of turmoil, struggle, and perseverance. Such stories, while familiar among Iranian Americans, too often remain unexposed to the wider public. For this reason, growing numbers of Iranian-American leaders of various sectors increasingly engage in efforts to expose broader audiences ...
  • You’ll Never Believe What I Heard July 10, 2014
    Yasmin RadjyYasmin Radjy
    Seal-the-Deal-Countdown-Clock-10-DaysI heard one of the most hair-raising statements in my years of involvement with the Iranian-American community during a meeting with a Congressional staffer in the San Francisco Bay Area a few weeks ago. The Congressional aide and I were having what felt like a substantive and positive discussion about the ...

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