Issues

  • Omid Kokabee Granted Release August 30, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    991769-1461200117-wideWashington, DC – NIAC welcomes the release of Iranian physicist Omid Kokabee, who was granted parole by an Iranian court after serving five year in prison for charges of communication with a hostile government. NIAC remains deeply concerned about human rights violations in Iran, including the recent rise in detentions ...
  • State Department Warns Iranian Americans About Travel to Iran August 23, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC LogoThe State Department’s newest travel advisory highlights the continued risk of arrest and detention that Iranian Americans face when traveling to Iran, specifically advising U.S. citizens to weigh the risks and ‘consider postponing their travel’ to Iran. The advice to consider postponing travel is an addition to the State Department’s ...
  • Memo: The Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 and its Possible Extension August 8, 2016
    Ryan CostelloRyan Costello
    Screen Shot 2016-08-11 at 11.54.53 AMWith the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 (ISA) set to expire on December 31, 2016, several bills have been offered that would extend the legislation for a decade or more. Below, we answer key questions on the ISA and how its potential extension or expiration could impact existing sanctions authorities, ...
  • Policy Memo: Understanding U.S. Sanctions-Related Obligations Under the JCPOA August 8, 2016
    Tyler CullisTyler Cullis
    NIAC LogoIt is an elemental condition of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”) –- the nuclear accord between the United States, other major world powers, and Iran – that the U.S. ensure that Iran receives the full benefit of the lifting of sanctions under the nuclear agreement. Most U.S. observers, ...
  • NIAC Condemns Spate of Executions in Iran August 4, 2016
    NIAC Statement
    NIAC LogoWashington, DC – The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) released the following statement after the Iranian government carried out a spate of approximately twenty executions: “NIAC condemns the Iranian government’s recent spate of executions and reiterates its call for Iran to uphold its international human rights obligations. The execution of a teenager ...
  • Major Sanctions Renewal Risks Complicating Iran Deal July 29, 2016
    Roksana Borzouei
    Congress-SanctionsCongress is expected to consider legislation soon to renew the Iran Sanctions Act, the law that mandates many of the existing U.S. sanctions on Iran and which expires at the end of the year. Legislators from across the aisle have pledged to renew the bill but failed thus far to ...
  • The Republicans’ “Principled” Case for Killing the Iran Deal July 22, 2016
    Jamal AbdiJamal Abdi
    In this image from video provided by House Television, House Speaker Paul Ryan stands at the podium as he brings the House into session Wednesday night, June 22, 2016, in Washington. Rebellious Democrats staged an extraordinary all-day sit-in on the House floor to demand votes on gun-control bills, shouting down Ryan when he attempted to restore order as their protest stretched into the night. The sit-in was well into its 10th hour, with Democrats camped out on the floor stopping legislative business in the House, when Ryan stepped to the podium to gavel the House into session and hold votes on routine business. Angry Democrats chanted “No bill, no break!” and waved pieces of paper with the names of gun victims, continuing their protest in the well of the House even as the House voted on a previously scheduled and unrelated measure to overturn an Obama veto. (House Television via AP) As the nation takes stock of the bizarre fever dream that took place in Cleveland this past week, it’s easy to forget that the GOP actually unveiled its platform that translates the rhetoric – from “lock her up” to “kill the deal” – into actual policy proposals. On the Iran deal, ...
  • EU Decides Against Counter-Measures to Visa Waiver Restrictions July 21, 2016
    Sarah Sakha
    Washington, DC – The European Commission announced on July 13, 2016, that it would not reciprocate restrictions on American travelers in response to travel restrictions effected by the U.S. on European travelers. The EU was obligated to consider suspending the Visa Waiver Program, which enables visa-free travel between the U.S. and ...
  • NIAC Capitol Hill Briefing Assesses JCPOA Implementation and Complications July 15, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    BriefingThe briefing included remarks from legislators and analysis from Dimaggio, Lawrence Korb of the Center for American Progress, and Reza Marashi and Tyler Cullis from NIAC on the challenges and successes of the accord. Veteran journalist Indira Lakshamanan, who has written on the battle over implementation of the deal, served ...
  • Iran Deal Opponents in Congress Continue Efforts Against Boeing Sale July 15, 2016
    Roksana Borzouei
    boeingLawmakers opposed to the Iran nuclear agreement doubled down on efforts to block the sale of Boeing commercial jets to Iran on Wednesday as the House Financial Services Committee advanced three pieces of legislation attacking the deal.
  • Congress Marks Iran Deal Anniversary with Sharp Disagreements July 15, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Jan Schakowsky CongressCongress marked the one year anniversary of the nuclear deal with Iran with continued partisan attacks against the agreement, including House passage of three bills that would undermine or invalidate the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
  • NIAC Statement on First Anniversary of the Finalization of the Iran Nuclear Accord July 14, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC Logo       NIAC President Trita Parsi released the following statement on the one year anniversary of the finalization of the Iran nuclear accord: “Today marks a full year since the U.S. and Iran, along with world powers, concluded marathon negotiations in the historic Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The accord has succeeded ...
  • Why Black Lives Matter Is Important to Iranian Americans July 12, 2016
    Roksana Borzouei
    BLM-Farsi2A letter is circulating among minority communities, seeking to explain why the Black Lives Matter movement is important to many first- and second-generation immigrants, many of whom are not Black themselves. It seeks to show that the roots of problems affecting Black communities are the same roots of many of our ...
  • Trump: Using Ahmadinejad’s Playbook July 12, 2016
    Reza MarashiReza Marashi
    tf-marashi-trumpA growing chorus of voices warns of dire consequences should Republican Donald Trump win the presidency, but few beltway insiders give him a realistic chance of victory. Many Iranians around the world think differently.
  • It’s pointless to be the last country sanctioning Iran July 12, 2016
    Tyler CullisTyler CullisTrita ParsiTrita Parsi
    AP_iran_nuke_talks_jef_150331_16x9_992In 1971, President Richard Nixon lifted the United States’ trade embargo of China — a decisive turn in U.S.-China relations that was part of a broader rapprochement. In doing so, the Nixon administration bet that American interests were best served with a globally integrated China, rather than one that remained ...