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  • 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 ...
  • Fair Weather Friend August 14, 2014
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    452652170cropFighting between Hamas and Israel in Gaza is usually a political cash cow for Iran’s leaders. But by their own standards, Iranian leaders have remained curiously quiet on the ongoing, month-long fight. Why?
  • NIAC Statement on Plane Crash in Tehran August 11, 2014
    NIAC Press Release
    Tehran Plane CrashNIAC expresses its condolences to the families of the victims of a plane crash yesterday near Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport that killed 39 people and injured an additional 9 passengers.
  • Senate Bill Would Cut off Iran Nuclear Inspections July 31, 2014
    Ryan CostelloRyan Costello
    Bob CorkerFor Congressional hawks claiming to take a tough line against Iran’s nuclear program, cutting off funding for enhanced International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections over that program seems like an odd approach. Yet a new bill introduced by the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee would threaten to ...
  • Administration Hears Skepticism, But Also Support, for Iran Negotiations on Capitol Hill July 31, 2014
    Nishaat Shaik
    Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman“In the past six months, significant and steady progress has been made,” said Wendy Sherman, lead negotiator in Iran nuclear talks, testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday. “We agreed to an extension because we see significant progress in negotiations and see a comprehensive plan forward.”
  • Steps Iranians Can Take to Avoid Unwarranted Bank Account Closures July 30, 2014
    Tyler CullisTyler Cullis
    NIAC-Banking-InfographicNIAC has and will continue to work with banks and the US government to fully resolve this issue. In the meantime, we would like to provide some precautionary measures that Iranians and Iranian Americans can take to help ensure they do not run into this problem.
  • Meet My Friend Imprisoned in Iran July 29, 2014
    Reza MarashiReza Marashi
    jason rezaianMy friend, Iranian-American journalist Jason Rezaian, was recently arrested in Iran. When his home was raided, Jason’s Iranian wife and two other dual nationals were also taken into custody.
  • NIAC Statement on Detention of Iranian-American Journalist July 25, 2014
    NIAC Press Release
    NIAC Logo           The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) released the following statement regarding the reported detention of Iranian-American journalist Jason Rezaian: We are deeply concerned by the detention of journalists Jason Rezaian, his wife, and two others in Iran. NIAC reiterates its call for Iranian authorities to uphold their international human rights obligations.    While ...
  • Peace Has No Price Tag July 24, 2014
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    us-iran-peaceOnly moments after Zarif and Kerry reached a deal to extend diplomacy, hawks nationwide launched the next phase of their campaign to destroy hopes for diplomacy altogether.
  • Why “Seal the Deal” Is Personal for Me July 24, 2014
    Camilia RazaviCamilia Razavi
    Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 9.56.49 AMThe outcome of the Iran nuclear talks is profoundly personal for me. Not only do I feel strong ties to the US, where I was born and raised, and Iran, the country of my ancestors – but my own family is suffering the crippling effect of Iran sanctions.
  • Stakes Could Not Be Higher for Iran Nuclear Negotiations Says Panel July 21, 2014
    Wright Smith
    A Good Deal is Better Than No Deal Washington, DC – “There is the impression that a ‘no deal’ scenario would be a continuation of the current status quo, and I think that is fundamentally erroneous,” said Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), speaking on an Atlantic Council panel with former White House Director ...
  • War lobby is outspending us July 18, 2014
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    NIAC LogoJust now, negotiators in Vienna confirmed that they could not reach an agreement by the July 20 deadline, and instead have agreed to a 4 month extension of the talks. This shows that the talks are tough – and that the negotiators are committed to get a deal, even if it may take a ...
  • NIAC Statement on Extension of Iran Nuclear Negotiations July 18, 2014
    NIAC Press Release
    NIAC Logo       The President of the National Iranian American Council, Dr. Trita Parsi, issued the following statement in response to the decision to extend negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program: For those that believe a diplomatic solution is better than a war, this extension is critically important. Extending the talks will keep the United ...
  • If Iran Negotiations Need to Continue, Let Them July 18, 2014
    Ryan CostelloRyan Costello
    KerryZarifSept2013Regardless of whether or not negotiators conclude a final Iran nuclear deal by Sunday, the United States and Iran have made steady progress toward resolving a crisis that is decades in the making. It appears that the key hurdle to a diplomatic breakthrough is a surmountable one: defining the size ...
  • NIAC Presents Sanctions Report on Capitol Hill July 18, 2014
    Kamyar Ghorbanebrahimi
    NIAC Sanctions Report Briefing Washington, DC —“The cost to the United States has been between 134.7 million and 175.3 million since 1995 to 2012,” said Dr. Trita Parsi, of the National Iranian American Council, speaking at a NIAC briefing on Capitol Hill this week.  NIAC provided a special preview of a new report, ...

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