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  • Will Iranian Americans Get Sanctions Relief? July 27, 2015
    Tyler CullisTyler Cullis
    niac logoDespite the nuclear deal between the U.S. and Iran, the U.S. trade embargo with Iran will not be among the sanctions to be lifted. This means that Iranian Americans will continue to be prohibited from engaging in most trade-related transactions with Iran or Iranian parties.
  • Iran Sanctions After the JCPOA: Terrorism, Human Rights, Conventional Weapons and Ballistic Missiles Sanctions July 22, 2015
    Tyler CullisTyler Cullis
    niac logoView as PDF I. Introduction            Under the Joint Plan of Action the United States, its P5+1 partners, and Iran agreed to in November 2013, the U.S. committed to lift all “nuclear-related” sanctions on a “step-by-step reciprocal basis” in return for concessions on Iran’s nuclear program should a final deal be reached.  With ...
  • Will Congress Snatch Defeat From the Jaws of Victory? July 22, 2015
    Reza MarashiReza Marashi
    TF-Marashi-IranCongress 600x290It’s not often that you get to witness history being made. Even more rare: Watching the process of history unfold. Over the past two years, I’ve had the good fortune of experiencing both. After attending nearly every round of nuclear negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran since 2013, I watched ...
  • House Republicans Fire Opening Salvo to Block Iran Deal July 17, 2015
    Ala Hashami-Haeri
    maxresdefaultWashington, DC – In what is surely the first of what will be several competing attempts to try and block the nuclear deal negotiated with Iran, 166 House Republicans have introduced a resolution to block the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), even before President Obama has formally submitted the ...
  • Policy Memo: Summary of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action July 17, 2015
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC LogoOn July 14, 2015, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was secured by the P5+1 (United States, Britain, China, France, Germany, and Russia) and Iran. The negotiated agreement will lift nuclear-related sanctions on Iran in exchange for constraints and inspections over Iran’s nuclear program to provide verifiable assurance that ...
  • Foreign Affairs Committee Democrats Show Some Fight in Defense of Nuclear Deal July 16, 2015
    Behbod Negahban
    FILE - In this March 25, 2014 file photo, Rep.  Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., disagrees with his colleague on the other side Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., who spoke against H.R. 4278, the Ukraine Support Act, during the House Foreign Affairs Committee markup of the bill on Capitol Hill in Washington.  Conservatives say they are happier, but liberals show more cheer in smiles, word choice and even emoticon use, claims a new scientific study that is already being questioned by other researchers.  For a laughing Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Virginia, this rings true: “A lot of what seems to fuel Republican energy is anger-based. They’re angry about Iran. They’re angry about Obama...And you hear that on the floor constantly.” (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Washington, DC – At a hearing at the House Committee on Foreign Affairs this Tuesday, Congressional Democrats began to do what they had largely neglected to for months: they defended the Iran nuclear agreement, stood by its merits, and took its hardline opponents to task. The hearing, which came just hours ...
  • NIAC Applauds Historic Iran Deal July 14, 2015
    NIAC Statement
    NIAC LogoWashington, D.C. – National Iranian American Council (“NIAC”) President Trita Parsi issued the following statement regarding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”) agreed to by the United States, its P5+1 partners, and Iran today: Two years ago, diplomacy was at a standstill and war looked inevitable. Negotiations had broken down, ...
  • The Myth of the Iranian Military Giant July 13, 2015
    Trita ParsiTrita ParsiTyler CullisTyler Cullis
    gettyimages-485438539_960You’d be forgiven for thinking that Iran, unshackled from economic sanctions, would have free rein to domineer its vulnerable Persian Gulf Arab neighbors and cause trouble for Israel. As the fearful refrain goes, if an Iran restrained by crippling sanctions has managed to assert its influence over four Arab capitals ...
  • Dignity: The Hidden Factor in the Iran Nuclear Talks July 2, 2015
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    nucleartalksThere are few concepts as important yet as misunderstood and unaccounted for in explaining international affairs as dignity. Explaining what is happening in Vienna right now in the nuclear talks between Iran and the permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany is virtually impossible unless this critical variable ...
  • 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
    zarifWashington, D.C.—A recent study shows that almost six out of ten Iranians said they support Iran pursuing a deal based on the Lausanne framework agreement.  The study, which was written by Ebrahim Mohseni, Nancy Gallagher, and Clay Ramsay, and published by the University of Maryland, the University of Tehran, and ...
  • 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 ...

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