• IAEA Report Shows Iranian Compliance with Nuclear Accord November 20, 2015
    Ryan CostelloRyan Costello
    Iran has taken the first steps to implement the nuclear accord struck with the U.S. and world powers in July, according to the latest quarterly report by the IAEA.
  • Lawmakers Address 2015 NIAC Leadership Conference November 13, 2015
    Alexander Kneib
    Representative Donna Edwards (D-MD)Members of the House and Senate discussed the importance of the Iran deal and the role of Iranian Americans in affecting policy at the 2015 NIAC Leadership Conference.
  • Iran’s Not-So-Radical Endgame in Syria November 13, 2015
    Reza MarashiReza Marashi
    cairoAs Syria peace talks reconvene in Vienna, most of the headlines downplay or ignore the positive momentum that was injected into the diplomatic effort. Given the magnitude of human calamity that has engulfed Syria, some skepticism and cynicism is understandable. However, we now have a process where all key foreign ...
  • 2015 NIAC Leadership Conference: News, Videos, and Photos November 7, 2015
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Melody Safavi, Mohammad Aghebati, and Guest“In truth, many look West… They pine for what we have: connectivity, travel, commerce, science, art, life. Six thousand years of civilization does not fall away easily, and in Iran, it has not. It stands tall amongst its neighbors, and is fascinatingly different from the Arab Sunni world that ...
  • Leadership Conference 2015 Review: U.S., Iran, and the Middle East A Decade after the Deal November 5, 2015
    Alexander Kneib
    12184203_10153804880198938_5071105066650334995_oWashington D.C. –  “If you think about what a world would have look like without the Iran deal, it would have been a far more dark and bleak world,” remarked Atlantic editor at large Steve Clemons, speaking on a NIAC Leadership Conference panel moderated by Al Jazeera’s Mehdi Hasan, Clemons discussed the increased opportunities for a ...
  • NIAC Welcomes Iranian-American Judge’s Victory in Discrimination Case November 4, 2015
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC LogoWashington, D.C. – Elham Khatami, National Outreach Director with the National Iranian American Council, released the following statement after the Justice Department settled a discrimination lawsuit filed by Iranian-American immigration judge Ashley Tabbador: “This decision is a victory that further protects the Iranian-American community’s right to civic engagement.
  • Shaheed in Washington to Discuss Human Rights in Iran After the Nuclear Deal November 4, 2015
    Carson WeaverCarson Weaver
    shaheed Washington, DC – As Iran begins to undertake its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Ahmed Shaheed – the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran – and other experts examined the challenges and opportunities for advancing human rights ...
  • Leadership Conference 2015 Review: Future of Arts in Iran November 3, 2015
    Carson WeaverCarson Weaver
    artsWashington, DC – Sanctions have taken a toll on Iranian artists, according to Melody Safavi, the lead singer of the Iranian Swedish alternative band Abjeez, speaking on an arts panel at the National Iranian American Council’s 2015 Leadership Conference. When people have less money to spend, Safavi observed, art is one ...
  • Leadership Conference 2015: Alan Eyre Keynote November 2, 2015
    Carson WeaverCarson Weaver
    IMG_4706Washington, DC – “NIAC played a crucial role in explaining the deal to the American people to our elected representatives,” said State Department Persian language spokesperson Alan Eyre, addressing the 2015 National Iranian American Council (NIAC) Leadership Conference.  He noted that NIAC’s Trita Parsi and Reza Marashi attended each round of ...
  • NIAC Troubled By Reports of Iran Detaining Iranian American Siamak Namazi October 29, 2015
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC LogoThe National Iranian American Council (NIAC) released the following statement regarding unconfirmed reports that an Iranian American, Siamak Namazi, has been detained in Iran: NIAC is deeply troubled by unconfirmed reports that Siamak Namazi, an Iranian American residing in Dubai, has been detained by Iranian authorities.
  • True Stories from Japan October 15, 2015
    Reza MarashiReza Marashi
    Iran_Japan_LocatorWorking at the State Department taught me about the importance of exchange programs and the incredible perspective they can bring to foreign policy issues. But it wasn’t until I made the pilgrimage to Japan that I actually experienced – and fully appreciated – the value of such programs. For the duration ...
  • Iranian American Groups Release Joint Statement Calling for Full Investigation Into Murder of College Student Falsely Accused of Being a Terrorist October 13, 2015
    Elham KhatamiElham Khatami
    unnamedA coalition of Iranian-American organizations, including Iranian Alliances Across Borders, Iranian American Bar Association, the National Iranian American Council, PARS Equality Center, and the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans, released the following statement calling for a full investigation into the brutal murder of 22-year-old Iranian-American student Shayan Mazroei by ...
  • U.S. Should Forge Economic Ties with Iran October 8, 2015
    Tyler CullisTyler CullisAmir Handjani
    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)Despite the resolution of the decade-long nuclear dispute, the Obama administration has declared that the United States will not seek economic ties with Iran, thwarting the hopes of the U.S. commercial sector and Iran’s young population. Instead of changing the paradigm that has existed in U.S. policy towards Iran – ...
  • After Review Period, Further Congressional Obstruction on Iran October 2, 2015
    Sahar KianSahar Kian
    congress imgWhile the Congressional Review Period for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) ended September 17 and the parties prepare to implement the nuclear deal, the debate in Congress has continued on. On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed one bill threatening the deal, which received a veto threat from ...
  • How Pope Francis US Visit Can Help Boost Diplomacy and Defeat Militarism September 25, 2015
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    US President Barack Obama (L) greets Pope Francis (R) upon his arrival  September 22, 2015 at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)Pope Francis’s visit to Washington DC could not have been better timed for the Obama administration. Relations with Cuba have been normalized and the Iran nuclear deal has survived the theatrics of the mandated Congressional review. Pope Francis has of course played an important role in many of these wins ...