Issues

  • Has Washington’s Focusing on Iranian Nukes Distracted It from ISIL’s Rise? October 17, 2014
    Ryan CostelloRyan CostelloAli FatemiAli Fatemi
    OBIWith Netanyahu and hawks in Washington hyping the Iran threat, helping to amplify sanctions and diminish hopes for a diplomatic resolution, conditions in Iraq and Syria have been helping give rise to the ISIL resurgence. Moving forward, Iran’s continued status as a pariah state limits U.S. options in addressing ISIL.
  • Can U.S. Uphold Its End of an Iran Nuclear Deal? October 15, 2014
    Tyler CullisTyler Cullis
    Reza Marashi on CNNWith Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry set to meet in Vienna and the November 24 deadline to the P5+1 and Iran nuclear talks in sight, the White House’s ability to provide Iran with significant sanctions relief early in a nuclear deal remains unclear. ...
  • In Vienna, U.S. and Iran Working to Beat the Clock October 15, 2014
    Reza MarashiReza Marashi
    KerryZarifSept2013Thousands of miles away from the spin factories in Washington and Tehran, negotiators are working diligently to seal the deal.
  • Investors: Absent sanctions, “no emerging market has as much potential as Iran”  October 2, 2014
    Tyler CullisTyler Cullis
    Chris Schroeder  Washington, DC – “Iran is going from an emerging to a developing economy. What’s missing from Iran making that leap is connectivity with the West,” said Bijan Khajehpour, a strategic analyst and entrepreneur, while speaking on a panel regarding the business implications of a nuclear deal at NIAC’s 2014 ...
  • NIAC Members Take Action at 2014 Leadership Conference October 2, 2014
    Ryan CostelloRyan Costello
    EllisonWashington, DC – “Do not doubt your power, you can make a difference” said Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN), speaking at the National Iranian American Council’s 4th Annual Leadership Conference on a panel considering the role of Congress and grassroots organizations in sealing a nuclear deal with Iran.   Grassroots support was ...
  • The Role of Women in the Future of Iran October 2, 2014
    Tyler CullisTyler Cullis
    Sanam AnderliniWashington, DC – “In some societies, laws protecting women are beyond the culture of the people. In Iran, it is the opposite,” said Sanam Anderlini, Senior Fellow at MIT’s Center for International Studies and co-founder of the International Civil Action Network, speaking on a panel regarding the role of women ...
  • NIAC Details Concerns with New Congressional Letter September 23, 2014
    NIACNIAC
    engel royce Washington, DC – Last Thursday, a group of ten organizations including the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) led an organizational sign-on letter detailing concerns with a new Congressional letter being circulated for signature in the House by Representatives Ed Royce (R-CA) and Eliot Engel (D-NY).  The Royce-Engel letter outlines concerns with the recent missed deadline ...
  • Support for Nuclear Talks Strong Among Iranians, But Concerns Linger September 19, 2014
    Pupak MohebaliTyler CullisTyler Cullis
    Nuclear Talks Washington, DC – A new poll finds that 62% of respondents in Iran support oversight of the country’s nuclear program “beyond what is currently being undertaken” but would reject proposals to “dismantle half of existing centrifuges and…limits on nuclear research activities.” The latter is believed to be a key point ...
  • Why Rouhani Could Walk Away September 18, 2014
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    President RouhaniWhile all indications show that the public supports a deal, a new poll by the University of Maryland may shed light on the thinking behind Iran’s negotiating position, but also explain why the Rouhani government may think it can live with a no-deal scenario. The poll shows that the Iranian public ...
  • A Win-Win Deal is Within Reach for the U.S. and Iran September 18, 2014
    NIAC Statement
    NIAC Logo“As political directors from the P5+1 and Iran reconvene in New York this week, now is the time for both sides to exhibit the political will and courage to reach the necessary compromises to get an agreement. Whatever the political costs of diplomatic compromise, they pale in comparison to the ...
  • Yahoo Reinstates Email for Iranians September 16, 2014
    Camilia RazaviCamilia Razavi
    Yahoo   Washington, DC – Beginning late last week, Yahoo made good on its May promise to reinstate the ability for Iranians to create email accounts.    Yahoo is the top email provider for Iranians; however, a policy change in late 2013 that required users to provide a phone number for new accounts barred ...
  • Kirk-Rubio Bill Would Undermine Human Rights in Iran, Torpedo Nuclear Talks September 10, 2014
    Tyler CullisTyler CullisJamal Abdi
    Rubio & Kirk A new Senate bill that purports to support human rights in Iran would actually ratchet up broad sanctions on the Iranian population, bolster Iranian hardliners, and even directly target some Iranian human rights defenders.  Following the thwarted effort to pass new sanctions that would have caused the U.S. to violate the ...
  • Recused Iranian American Judge Fights Back Against Discrimination September 10, 2014
    Camilia RazaviCamilia Razavi
    Afsaneh Ashley Tabaddor Does civic participation imply bias, or was a judge recused from cases involving Iranians because of her Iranian-American heritage? That seems to be the underlying question behind Judge A. Ashley Tabaddor lawsuit against the United States Department of Justice (DOJ).  According to AP News, Tabaddor filed a lawsuit on August 12, 2014 in federal court, claiming ...
  • U.S. and Iran Engage in Volleyball Diplomacy September 5, 2014
    Farshad FarahatFarshad Farahat
    volleyball Since the Iranian Revolution in 1979, the Iranian and American people have been isolated from one another due to long-standing disputes between their governments. Routine interactions, like sporting events between national clubs, and other cultural exchanges have been few and far between. However, recently thousands of fans across Southern California ...
  • Policy Memo: New Senate Bills Concerning Iran Nuclear Negotiations August 20, 2014
    Tyler CullisTyler CullisJamal Abdi
    NIAC LogoIn the last week of July, three separate pieces of legislation were introduced in the Senate that, if passed, would have a significant impact on nuclear negotiations with Iran. Each of the bills was introduced and co-sponsored exclusively by Republicans, and there is little expectation the partisan bills will move forward ...

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