Issues

  • NIAC Policy Memo: Dispelling Myths of Sanctions Relief Under Iran Nuclear Deal June 30, 2015
    Tyler CullisTyler Cullis
    NIAC LogoUnder the April 2nd Joint Statement issued by the United States, its P5+1 partners, and Iran in Lausanne, Switzerland, the parties agreed that the principle of ‘simultaneity’ would govern each party’s implementation of a final nuclear deal. In effect, at the same time that Iran takes certain steps to constrain ...
  • New Poll finds Strong Iranian Support for a Nuclear Deal June 30, 2015
    Erin PollErin Poll
    Washington, D.C.—Almost six out of ten Iranians said they support Iran pursuing a deal based on the Lausanne framework agreement, according to a recent study from Ebrahim Mohsen, Nancy Gallagher, and Clay Ramsay, which was presented at the Carnegie Institute for Peace on June 23, 2015.  The study, which was ...
  • Iran’s nuclear talks: Five reasons why a deal would be good for the U.S. June 30, 2015
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    Iran NegotiationsThe criticism of the pending nuclear deal between Iran and world powers is intensifying. Opponents of the deal will spend millions of dollars on ads pushing the U.S. public and Congress to kill the deal in the next few days. But while a fortune already has been spent on nit-picking ...
  • Five Myths About the Iran Deal June 28, 2015
    Reza MarashiReza Marashi
    Kerry Zarif WalkAs the final round of nuclear negotiations begins here in Vienna, opponents of a deal have become schizophrenic in their efforts to torpedo it. Unable to base their objections on science or the technical facts currently being drafted, they have instead resorted to a loose mélange of poorly constructed straw ...
  • Beyond Centrifuges: The Geopolitical Implications of an Iran Deal June 26, 2015
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Briefing-Still2How can a deal provide new options for the U.S. to resolve some of the most important challenges in the region? Watch this timely NIAC panel with Peter Beinart, contributing editor for The Atlantic and National Journal; Fred Kaplan, columnist for Slate; Trita Parsi, President of NIAC; and moderator Barbara ...
  • The Iran Deal Proves That Peace Is Possible June 24, 2015
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    US Secretary of State John Kerry (L), US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz (2nd L), the head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi (2nd R) and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (R) wait with others for a meeting at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel March 28, 2015 in Lausanne. Iranian officials are in Switzerland to continue negotiations on their nuclear program with other world powers. AFP PHOTO / POOL / BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)We need to recognize that this is an unprecedented diplomatic effort. It is difficult to maintain much hope in humanity these days. The Islamic State is on a rampage in Iraq and Syria; Bashar al-Assad’s government continues to massacre its own people; the war in eastern Ukraine grinds on; even in the ...
  • Iran Nuclear Talks: Clearing the Final Hurdles June 24, 2015
    Reza MarashiReza Marashi
    16092482017_9479390b81_bAs officials from Iran and the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) negotiate around the clock in Vienna, the self-imposed June 30 deadline steadily approaches to seal a comprehensive nuclear deal. The Obama and Rouhani administrations should be commended: The amount of progress made in ...
  • House Resolution Calling for Release of US Detainees in Iran Passes Unanimously June 18, 2015
    Ala Hashami-Haeri
    houseA resolution calling for the return of all Americans imprisoned or missing in Iran unanimously passed the House of Representatives on Monday. Sponsored by Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI), the resolution highlights the cases of Former Marine Sgt. Amir Hekmati and Pastor Saeed Abedini, who have been detained in Iran for ...
  • Massachusetts Vote4Peace Picnic a Success! June 18, 2015
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    MA-Picnic Thank you all for attending our Vote for Peace Potluck Picnic that NIAC co-hosted with Massachusetts Peace Action and Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment in Watertown, MA on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Also a big thank you to our Massachusetts Congressional Captain, Mojgan Haji, for organizing the event! The turnout was great, including supporters from all across ...
  • Ending the Iranian-Saudi Cold War June 18, 2015
    Reza MarashiReza Marashi
    Rouhani 600x290Rouhani 600x290While unprecedented diplomacy has changed the face of United States-Iran relations over the past two years, the opposite has plagued Iranian-Saudi Arabian relations. A diplomacy deficit between the two regional powers has exacerbated volatility across the Middle East. According to a well-connected Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) analyst, President Barack ...
  • NYC Vote4Peace Picnic a Success! June 17, 2015
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NY-Picnic Thank you all for attending our Vote for Peace Potluck Picnic in Central Park on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Also a big thank you to our New York Congressional Captain, Ali Ashrafi and all star NIAC volunteer, Matin Hekmat for organizing the event. The turnout was great, including supporters from as far away as ...
  • NIAC Condemns Human Rights Violations in Iran June 12, 2015
    NIAC Press Release
    anthony-bourdain-rezaianNIAC condemns the Iranian government’s recent violations of its international human rights obligations, including the closed trial of Iranian-American journalist Jason Rezaian and the recent actions against social media activists.
  • Will Iranian Military Sites be Stumbling Block for Nuke Talks? June 12, 2015
    Ryan CostelloRyan Costello
    Kerry Zarif WalkWith a June 30 deadline for a comprehensive nuclear agreement between the P5+1 and Iran fast approaching, the question of whether international inspectors will have access to military sites in Iran is being presented as a major stumbling block. However, while some work remains, the parties are closer to a ...
  • Deal or No Deal, Iran’s Economy Will Continue to Grow June 11, 2015
    Ala Hashami-Haeri
    unnamed“The official response of to sanctions has been framed as the Economy of Resistance, but essentially, it is a blueprint for economic reform,” said Dr. Bijan Khajehpour, Managing Partner at the Vienna-based Atieh International Consultancy, speaking at the Wilson Center last week on the economic significance of a nuclear ...
  • Iran Deal Can Help Disentangle Regional Conflicts June 10, 2015
    Erin PollErin Poll
    Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 12.38.09 PMWashington, D.C.— A successful nuclear deal with Iran would enable the US to begin to adopt a more balanced foreign policy approach in the Middle East, helping it to finally disentangle itself from the ever-widening conflicts of the region. That was the according to Mark Fitzpatrick, the director of the ...

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