Issues

  • Obama’s Real Achievement With the Iran Deal September 2, 2015
    Trita ParsiTrita ParsiReza MarashiReza Marashi
    ObamaTalkingOne cannot help but feel sorry for President Barack Obama. After twenty months of painstaking negotiations with Iran and America’s coalition partners, hours of hearings on Capitol Hill, countless closed briefings for lawmakers, and scores of articles and opinion pieces about the nuclear deal, few if any have taken note ...
  • Iranian Human Rights Defenders Coming Out Massively in Support of the Iran Deal August 27, 2015
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    Iranian Human Rights Defenders Coming Out Massively in Support of the Iran DealAn unprecedented group of Iranian human rights defenders and pro-democracy activists have come out in a massive wave in support of the Iran nuclear agreement. Led by Mohamadreza Jalaeipour, who led the Green Movement’s youth campaign with half a million young supporters in Iran in 2009 and himself a former ...
  • 73 Prominent International Relations Scholars Say Iran Deal Will Help Stabilize Middle East August 27, 2015
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    Scholars 73 prominent International Relations and Middle East scholars have issued a letter in support of the Iran deal, arguing that it is a “strong and positive step toward stabilizing the Middle East,” and that a potential Congressional rejection of the agreement would further destabilize the region and “reignite Washington ...
  • What Iran Deal Critics Don’t Understand About Iran August 23, 2015
    Reza MarashiReza Marashi
    defense-largeIf there was any doubt that US president Barack Obama was all in on the Iran nuclear deal, he eliminated those doubts with his Aug. 5 speech at American University in Washington, DC. As I sat in the audience and watched Obama thunder away at critics of the deal, it was crystal clear what he ...
  • The Forward Discovers the Real Iran — Not Netanyahu’s Caricature August 20, 2015
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    Iranian womanOver the course of the past 25 years, the image of Iran presented by the Israeli government has become increasingly simplistic, one-dimensional, void of any nuance — in short, incomplete at best and inaccurate at worst. The Iranian government itself has contributed greatly in reducing the image of Iran to ...
  • Iranian Americans Firmly Support the Iran Nuclear Deal August 12, 2015
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    collage-of-iranian-americans The nuclear deal with Iran has brought to the surface — perhaps even caused — divisions within the Democratic Party and the Jewish American community. While most polls show that American Jews strongly support the nuclear deal, organized Jewish groups are more divided with AIPAC and J Street on the ...
  • Israel Must Accept a U.S.-Iran Entente in the Middle East or Risk Total Isolation August 6, 2015
    Reza MarashiReza Marashi
    Kerry Zarif WalkThe more things change, the more Israeli officials stay the same: As American and Iranian officials work to sell their nuclear deal at home, their Israeli counterparts are laboring to kill it. The Netanyahu government’s upcoming fight in the U.S. Congress reveals an inconvenient truth: Twenty-five years of Israeli policy ...
  • Policy Memo: Iranian Human Rights Defenders: Nuclear Deal is Good for Human Rights in Iran August 4, 2015
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    LOS ANGELES - APRIL 7: Dr. Shirin Ebadi  poses for a photo on April 7, 2006 in  Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan Tuffs/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Shirin EbadiThe Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreed to by UN powers and Iran is focused exclusively on trading constraints and verification over Iran’s nuclear program for the easing of nuclear-related sanctions. However, many Iranian human rights advocates and informed observers believe that the successfully negotiated nuclear accord can be an ...
  • House Opponents of Iran Deal Offer Outlandish Alternatives July 29, 2015
    Maria HardmanMaria HardmanBehbod Negahban
    19465609504_a0b74adc0e_kWashington, DC – Representative Mo Brooks (R-AL) wanted to know if the U.S. would consider using nukes against Iran. Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) suggested U.S. negotiators should have consulted on the talks with the Marxist-Islamist organization MEK, a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization until 2012.  But at a House Foreign Affairs Hearing on ...
  • Joint Statement of Iranian-American Organizations on the U.S.-Iran Nuclear Deal July 29, 2015
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    Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 11.30.52 AMBay Area Iranian-American Democrats * International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran * Iranian Alliances Across Borders * Iranian American Bar Association *Iranian-American Democrats of San Diego * National Iranian American Council * Network of Iranian-American Professionals of Orange County* Pars Equality Center * Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans As ...
  • 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
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    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 ...