• How Clinton Can Woo Back Iranian Americans April 28, 2016
    Trita ParsiTrita ParsiRyan CostelloRyan Costello
    qkl4putt7c57nqaa5ufj4rggoyiok5zqLet the wooing begin. After her big win on Tuesday, Secretary Hillary Clinton has shifted her focus to the general election. And with that comes the task of uniting the party and wooing the Bernie Sanders supporters to her side. It won’t be easy – her pro-interventionist track record or ...
  • Iran Nuclear Deal at Risk April 25, 2016
    Tyler CullisTyler Cullis
    Screen Shot 2016-04-27 at 9.22.10 PMConcern has recently grown over the ultimate sustainability of the Iran nuclear accord. Having withstood the full-frontal attack of congressional hawks last summer, the Obama administration faces the challenge of securing the agreement’s viability beyond its own tenure in office.
  • 24 Organizations Call on Major Tech Companies to Refrain From Supporting Bigoted Political Party Conventions April 25, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC LogoMuslim Advocates led a coalition of 24 non-partisan advocacy, faith and civil rights groups to call on major technology companies, who have been vocal about championing diversity, fairness and inclusion, to withdraw from and decline any existing or future sponsorships, including in-kind contributions, to political party conventions where hateful and ...
  • NIAC and PayPal Take Steps to Address Payment Concerns Within Venmo April 19, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC-Paypal-StatementThe National Iranian American Council (“NIAC”) and PayPal Inc. issued the following joint statement regarding certain difficulties Iranian Americans were having using Venmo during the Persian New Year: During the recent Persian New Year (“Norooz”), some Iranian Americans ran into difficulties while trying to send certain ...
  • NIAC Calls for Release of Iranian Physicist April 18, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    OmidThe National Iranian American Council released the following statement amid reports that Iranian physicist Omid Kokabee, who has been imprisoned in Iran’s Evin Prison since 2011, is suffering from life-threatening kidney cancer: “NIAC calls on the Iranian authorities to immediately release Omid Kokabee and provide him with urgent medical attention so ...
  • US Should Facilitate Dialogue between Iran and Financial Action Task Force April 11, 2016
    Tyler CullisTyler Cullis
    IranMoneyEconomySanctionsRTR23LFX-400x400With the successful conclusion of the nuclear accord between the United States, other major world powers and Iran, it is worth exploring other areas in which dialogue between the two adversaries can help realize mutual interests and relax ongoing tensions. Lots of attention has focused on the potential for a broader ...
  • EU to Consider Visa Waiver Suspension for Americans April 8, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Washington, DC – Americans could be required to apply for a visa in order to visit European Union countries within a matter of months, with the EU set to consider suspending the Visa Waiver Program for the United States next Tuesday. The effort is the result of a reciprocity measure ...
  • Obama Administration Considers Further Step to Fulfill US Commitments Under Accord April 1, 2016
    Tyler CullisTyler Cullis
    US President Barack Obama speaks about race in the context of the not guilty ruling of George Zimmerman in the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin in February 2012, as he appears at the start of the Daily Press Briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC, July 19, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)Reports indicate that the Obama administration is considering the issuance of a general license to permit Iran limited and indirect access to certain dollar-clearing services. Under this proposed license, non-U.S., non-Iranian banks would be permitted to set up an offshore facility in order to facilitate currency exchanges in support ...
  • Obama Administration Puttering on Sanctions Relief Risks Derailing Iran Accord March 31, 2016
    Tyler CullisTyler Cullis
    unnamed-2Surprise, surprise — the nuclear accord between the U.S., other major world powers, and Iran is under threat. But the source of this risk might upset expectations: it is the Obama administration that has failed to resolve persistent ambiguities with the U.S. sanctions relief and, as a result, major foreign ...
  • Special Rapporteur Details Potential for Progress on Human Rights Abuses March 18, 2016
    Shervin Vahedi
    4bhd741a80d4c2d8i_800C450A UN human rights monitor reiterated concern for continued human right abuses in Iran in a new report, but also pointed to – for the first time – improvements in the Iranian government’s approach toward specific human rights concerns. Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation ...
  • Siamak Namazi Is a Good Man. Iran Should Release Him. March 16, 2016
    Reza MarashiReza Marashi
    Siamak-NamaziMy friend, Iranian-American consultant Siamak Namazi, has been in Tehran’s Evin prison for five months. His 80-year old father, Baquer Namazi – a former senior UNICEF official – was imprisoned three weeks ago. The motives behind these arrests have been lucidly explained, but news of detained Iranian Americans dies when ...
  • U.S. Officials: Visa Restrictions on Dual Nationals Don’t Make Us Safer March 16, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., speaks during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee hearing in November. 
Associated Press File PhotoWashington, DC – U.S. officials on Tuesday acknowledged that prohibitions barring dual nationals from visa-free travel to the U.S. do not make the country safer but could potentially take away travel privileges for American citizens of Iranian, Iraqi, Sudanese or Syrian descent.
  • Policy Memo – Iran Election: A Defeat for Hardliners March 11, 2016
    Jamal AbdiJamal AbdiRyan CostelloRyan Costello
    2013614135910526734_20On February 26, the Iranian people voted in elections to choose Iran’s next parliament (Majles) and the Assembly of Experts, the body charged with appointing the Supreme Leader. With 34 million Iranians participating— approximately 62 percent of eligible voters—hardliners in both bodies were dealt a significant defeat. Reformists, moderates, and ...
  • The Iran Deal After Obama March 7, 2016
    Tyler CullisTyler Cullis
    obamaOn March 21, U.S. President Barack Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Cuba since Calvin Coolidge. As Obama’s deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, explained in a conference after the trip was announced on February 18, “Our objective here is to do as much as we ...
  • Quick Thoughts on the Iranian Elections February 29, 2016
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    article-2341635-1A51B2C6000005DC-569_634x414· The stunning setback of the hardliners in the elections is precisely why they opposed the Iran nuclear deal. They knew that if successful, the Rouhani faction would benefit electorally from the significant achievement of resolving the nuclear issue and reducing tensions with United States. These benefits would not just ...