Issues

  • Why Rouhani Could Walk Away September 18, 2014
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    President RouhaniWhile all indications show that the public supports a deal, a new poll by the University of Maryland may shed light on the thinking behind Iran’s negotiating position, but also explain why the Rouhani government may think it can live with a no-deal scenario. The poll shows that the Iranian public ...
  • A Win-Win Deal is Within Reach for the U.S. and Iran September 18, 2014
    NIAC Statement
    NIAC Logo“As political directors from the P5+1 and Iran reconvene in New York this week, now is the time for both sides to exhibit the political will and courage to reach the necessary compromises to get an agreement. Whatever the political costs of diplomatic compromise, they pale in comparison to the ...
  • Yahoo Reinstates Email for Iranians September 16, 2014
    Camilia RazaviCamilia Razavi
    Yahoo   Washington, DC – Beginning late last week, Yahoo made good on its May promise to reinstate the ability for Iranians to create email accounts.    Yahoo is the top email provider for Iranians; however, a policy change in late 2013 that required users to provide a phone number for new accounts barred ...
  • Kirk-Rubio Bill Would Undermine Human Rights in Iran, Torpedo Nuclear Talks September 10, 2014
    Tyler CullisTyler CullisJamal Abdi
    Rubio & Kirk A new Senate bill that purports to support human rights in Iran would actually ratchet up broad sanctions on the Iranian population, bolster Iranian hardliners, and even directly target some Iranian human rights defenders.  Following the thwarted effort to pass new sanctions that would have caused the U.S. to violate the ...
  • Recused Iranian American Judge Fights Back Against Discrimination September 10, 2014
    Camilia RazaviCamilia Razavi
    Afsaneh Ashley Tabaddor Does civic participation imply bias, or was a judge recused from cases involving Iranians because of her Iranian-American heritage? That seems to be the underlying question behind Judge A. Ashley Tabaddor lawsuit against the United States Department of Justice (DOJ).  According to AP News, Tabaddor filed a lawsuit on August 12, 2014 in federal court, claiming ...
  • U.S. and Iran Engage in Volleyball Diplomacy September 5, 2014
    Farshad FarahatFarshad Farahat
    volleyball Since the Iranian Revolution in 1979, the Iranian and American people have been isolated from one another due to long-standing disputes between their governments. Routine interactions, like sporting events between national clubs, and other cultural exchanges have been few and far between. However, recently thousands of fans across Southern California ...
  • Policy Memo: New Senate Bills Concerning Iran Nuclear Negotiations August 20, 2014
    Tyler CullisTyler CullisJamal Abdi
    NIAC LogoIn the last week of July, three separate pieces of legislation were introduced in the Senate that, if passed, would have a significant impact on nuclear negotiations with Iran. Each of the bills was introduced and co-sponsored exclusively by Republicans, and there is little expectation the partisan bills will move forward ...
  • Fair Weather Friend August 14, 2014
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    452652170cropFighting between Hamas and Israel in Gaza is usually a political cash cow for Iran’s leaders. But by their own standards, Iranian leaders have remained curiously quiet on the ongoing, month-long fight. Why?
  • NIAC Statement on Plane Crash in Tehran August 11, 2014
    NIAC Press Release
    Tehran Plane CrashNIAC expresses its condolences to the families of the victims of a plane crash yesterday near Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport that killed 39 people and injured an additional 9 passengers.
  • Senate Bill Would Cut off Iran Nuclear Inspections July 31, 2014
    Ryan CostelloRyan Costello
    Bob CorkerFor Congressional hawks claiming to take a tough line against Iran’s nuclear program, cutting off funding for enhanced International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections over that program seems like an odd approach. Yet a new bill introduced by the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee would threaten to ...
  • Administration Hears Skepticism, But Also Support, for Iran Negotiations on Capitol Hill July 31, 2014
    Nishaat Shaik
    Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman“In the past six months, significant and steady progress has been made,” said Wendy Sherman, lead negotiator in Iran nuclear talks, testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday. “We agreed to an extension because we see significant progress in negotiations and see a comprehensive plan forward.”
  • Steps Iranians Can Take to Avoid Unwarranted Bank Account Closures July 30, 2014
    Tyler CullisTyler Cullis
    NIAC-Banking-InfographicNIAC has and will continue to work with banks and the US government to fully resolve this issue. In the meantime, we would like to provide some precautionary measures that Iranians and Iranian Americans can take to help ensure they do not run into this problem.
  • Meet My Friend Imprisoned in Iran July 29, 2014
    Reza MarashiReza Marashi
    jason rezaianMy friend, Iranian-American journalist Jason Rezaian, was recently arrested in Iran. When his home was raided, Jason’s Iranian wife and two other dual nationals were also taken into custody.
  • NIAC Statement on Detention of Iranian-American Journalist July 25, 2014
    NIAC Press Release
    NIAC Logo           The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) released the following statement regarding the reported detention of Iranian-American journalist Jason Rezaian: We are deeply concerned by the detention of journalists Jason Rezaian, his wife, and two others in Iran. NIAC reiterates its call for Iranian authorities to uphold their international human rights obligations.    While ...
  • Peace Has No Price Tag July 24, 2014
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    us-iran-peaceOnly moments after Zarif and Kerry reached a deal to extend diplomacy, hawks nationwide launched the next phase of their campaign to destroy hopes for diplomacy altogether.

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