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Policy Memo: Barriers to Lifting US Sanctions in a Final Deal with Iran

NIAC details the existing authorizations for the President to waive and terminate sanctions and discusses the problems these limited authorities may pose for a final deal.

NIAC's New York Gala and Fundraiser

Join us on Saturday, April 19 for an evening with Congressman Earl Blumenauer, President of Ploughshares Fund Joe Cirincione, and award-winning author Stephen Kinzer.

Report: How to Secure a Final Nuclear Deal with Iran

The West can weaken the hardline Iranian narrative of confrontation and resistance and facilitate a comprehensive nuclear deal by collaborating with Iran on scientific projects that carry no proliferation risk, according to a report from NIAC.

A Year in Review, and Goals for 2014

Looking back, it is clear that 2013 has been a year of major achievements. At NIAC, we are particularly proud of the goals we have reached for the Iranian-American community and for the cause of peace.

Watch NIAC's Trita Parsi on the Colbert Report: Iran Nuke Negotiations

The National Iranian American Council's Trita Parsi argues that sanctions aren't working, and that negotiating with Iran is good for American security.

Stop Congress from Considering Iran War Bill

Just as positive signals are being sent between Presidents Obama and Rouhani, Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have announced that they are introducing legislation to authorize war on Iran.

We, the Simorgh

Farid ud-Din Attar's famous 12th century epic poem, The Conference of the Birds, has much to teach Iranian Americans about collective leadership in civic life. A reflection on Simorgh is instructive in this high stakes historical moment for Iranian Americans.

Unprecedented: 131 in Congress Call for New Iran Diplomacy

The National Iranian American Council released the following statement regarding the Dent-Price letter sent by a 131 Members of Congress urging President Obama to reinvigorate Iran diplomacy.

NIAC Applauds Lifting of Communications Sanctions for Iranians

NIAC applauds the Obama Administration's anticipated decision to lift sanctions on consumer communication tools for the Iranian people tomorrow. This long sought action will help ensure sanctions do not block important consumer communication hardware, software, and services for ordinary Iranians.

Tell Obama to Lift Sanctions on Communications Tools

As Iran prepares for another election that is unlikely to be fair or free, it is time to end sanctions on personal communications devices that undermine the democratic aspirations of ordinary Iranians.

Washington Spectator: The Failed Neocon Attempt to Destroy an American Anti-war Organization

The war over war with Iran has many battlefronts. Inside Washington, the battle line is between a small coalition of peace and security, non-proliferation and religious groups opposing war and favoring a peaceful solution to the stand off with Iran, and a well-funded war machine comprising neoconservative organizations.

Report: Why Sanctions On Iran Aren't Working

Iran is currently facing the most severe and strictest sanctions ever imposed on a country. Though these measures seek to curb Iranian nuclear ambitions, a recent IAEA report suggests continued nuclear advances by Iran. This begs the question: are sanctions affecting Tehran's nuclear calculus?

NIAC Member Survey Shows Growing Concern about War and Sanctions

Concern about war with Iran has only intensified since our last member survey, and our members overwhelmingly chose to keep preventing war as NIAC's top priority.

NIAC Applauds Extension of Earthquake Sanctions Waiver

NIAC applauds the Treasury Department for extending a sanctions waiver to help enable ongoing earthquake relief efforts in northern Iran, and calls for additional steps to ensure sanctions do not continue to block transactions of food and medicine.

Iran Fact Check: Revoke Netanyahu's Free Pass to Sell War

Today NIAC is launching Iran Fact Check ( to provide the facts and tools to help the public hold the media and politicians accountable when they make false claims in support of another war.

Statement on Lawsuit Against Hassan Daieoleslam

The court ruling yesterday in NIAC's lawsuit against Seyyed Hassan Daieoleslam granted NIAC victory on its central demand, while falling short on other objectives.

NIAC Applauds General License for Earthquake Assistance

NIAC strongly applauds the White House for issuing a temporary general license authorizing charitable organizations to provide direct humanitarian and reconstruction assistance to the victims of the earthquakes in northwest Iran.

Campaign 2012: Are you Registered to Vote?

Voter registration deadlines are fast approaching in many states. Register to vote and encourage others to do the same with the tools on this page so that our community's voice is represented at the ballot box on November 6.

FAQ: How You Can Help the Earthquake Victims [Updated]

NIAC has received a flurry of emails over the past weekend with questions about how Iranian Americans can help in assisting with relief efforts of the earthquake aftermath in northern Iran.

Humanitarian Relief Requires Sanctions Waiver Following Earthquakes in Iran

Yesterday, earthquakes struck Iran, killing at least 250 people and injuring over 2,000. Given current U.S. sanctions on Iran, there are serious concerns that humanitarian relief will be hindered.

Beyond Apple: NIAC Calls on Tech Companies To Lift Internet Communications Blockade

The National Iranian American Council and a broad coalition of organizations called today on tech companies including Google, Yahoo, and Go Daddy to stop blocking the Iranian people from accessing Internet communications tools.

Stop Apple's Discrimination Against Iranian Americans

Take action and learn more about how to put a stop to discrimination against Iranian Americans at Apple stores on the basis of sanctions.

Watch: Experts Assess Baghdad Talks at NIAC Panel

As nuclear negotiations between Iran, the U.S., and the other permanent members of the UN Security Council concluded in Baghdad on Thursday, top experts and former U.S. officials convened at a panel hosted by the National Iranian American Council to assess the outcomes.

Watch: Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson Addresses NIAC Members

NIAC Members, Ambassadors, and Board Members in Irvine, California met with Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell at a NIAC Fundraiser Gala held on May 5, 2012 to help prevent war.

NIAC Celebrates 10th Anniversary: Education and Advocacy for the Iranian-American Community

"I've watched our community mature into a group that is no longer afraid to voice their opinion and make change," said Trita Parsi, NIAC President.

The Iranians Count Census Coalition Releases the Special Tabulation Results from the 2010 U.S. Census

The Iranians Count 2010 Census Coalition ("ICCC") has received results from special tabulation report on the number of individuals who identified themselves as Iranian, Iranian American, Persian, or Persian American in the 2010 Census.

Say No To War and Lift the "No Contact" Policy with Iran!

A new push is underway in Congress to support diplomacy, prevent war, and effectively address human rights. Learn more about this critical effort and how you can help make it a success.

Iranian Americans Gather to Give Back This Norooz

On Saturday, March 3, 2012, over 300 Iranian-American volunteers in 26 cities across the nation participated in the 2nd Annual National Iranian American Day of Service.

Jon Stewart Interviews NIAC President Trita Parsi on The Daily Show

Watch Jon Stewart's full interview with NIAC President Trita Parsi as he discusses U.S.-Iranian diplomacy during the Bush and the Obama administrations on The Daily Show.

Stop Congress' New Pro-War Resolution

Tell your Members of Congress to oppose a dangerous new resolution that would change U.S. the "red line" on Iran and significantly lower the threshold for going to war.

Top Military, Intelligence Officials Join NIAC in Warning Against Iran War in Full-Page Washington Post Ad

If you open the Washington Post this morning, you will find an ad featuring top former military and intelligence officials urging President Obama to resist the pressure for a war of choice with Iran.

Thirty-Seven Members of Congress Urge Obama to Redouble Iran Diplomacy, Warn Against War

Members of Congress sent a letter to President Obama on Friday calling for direct, sustained diplomacy with Iran to resolve the nuclear issue and to prevent war.

George Kennan in Tehran? The Scenario for a Genuine Containment of Iran

Ambassador Roberto Toscano, former Italian Ambassador to Iran (2003-2008), argues that the rationale of containment is not the rationale of (cold) war, but rather the premise for an amenability to negotiate.

Introducing our 2012 Ambassadors

In an effort to better serve our members, NIAC created the Ambassador Program last year. With a successful 2011 under our belts, we look to 2012 with excitement and enthusiasm. We have a terrific team of new and returning Ambassadors in place to help us better serve you - the Iranian-American community.

What Happens When We Come Together?

2011 has been a year of growth and important victories on critical issues, and there are many great things on the horizon in 2012! Help us ring in the New Year by expanding our network and strengthening our community's voice in D.C.

Has War With Iran Already Begun?

As we close 2011, the risk of a U.S.-Iran war is on the rise once more. Extremists on all sides are feeding off of each other, laying the blame and groundwork to push for military action.

NIAC Launches Sanctions Campaign Page

As new broad sanctions efforts ratchet up in Congress and the Obama Administration, NIAC has launched a sanctions campaign page to provide the latest news and information, as well as tools you can use to contact your elected officials to stop indiscriminate sanctions that will hurt ordinary people.

Khamenei's Power Consolidation Gambit

Iran's Supreme Leader has embarked upon a sustained strategy of eliminating political opposition; decreasing turbulence during his reign, and shaping Iran's long-term political development around his rule.

New York Times: America's Real Iran Problem

NIAC Research Director Reza Marashi writes in the New York Times about why an American diplomatic presence in Tehran is critical to ensuring that Washington avoids repeating the mistakes of its recent past.

Take Action: Tell Congress and President Obama - No More Indiscriminate Sanctions!

Take action to stop new indiscriminate sanctions moving forward in Congress and the White House that punish ordinary Iranians and Iranian Americans for the actions of the Iranian regime.

Obama Fixes Visa Policy for Iranian Students

NIAC applauds the Obama Administration's decision to repeal the Single-Entry Visa policy for Iranian students. The decision will expand opportunities for Iranians to study in the US at a time when record numbers of Iranian youth seek to escape repression in Iran.

NIAC Hosts Shirin Ebadi for Discussion on Human Rights, Engagement, and War

Speaking before an audience of NIAC members this past Saturday, Dr. Shirin Ebadi encouraged international focus on the human rights situation in Iran and warned that war, or threats of an attack on Iran, would be devastating for the country's indigenous human rights and democracy movement.

Stop Congress from Targeting Iranian Passenger Planes

Take action to oppose new legislation that would strip President Obama's authority to allow civilian aircraft parts and repairs to be sent into Iran to prevent humanitarian tragedy.

NIAC Launches Student Initiative: NIACampus

NIAC believes in giving Iranian-American students the support they need to succeed. For the first time, these students will have a one-stop-shop for information as well as a way to connect with their peers on campuses across the country.

The Atlantic: A New Opportunity for the U.S. to Promote Human Rights in Iran

NIAC's Reza Marashi and Trita Parsi present three ideas for how President Obama can support human rights in Iran and leverage the Arab uprising in The Atlantic.

US and Swedish Officials Outline Human Rights Initiative at NIAC Conference

"This effort is not about grandstanding or showdown, but about action on a practical step that we hope will lead to change over time," declared U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Suzanne Nossel, discussing efforts now underway at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) to establish a human rights monitor on Iran.

Give Back this Norooz

NIAC is proud to announce the first of what promises to be an annual tradition of unity, community and giving back the National Iranian-American Day of Service.

NIAC Applauds Senate Call for Human Rights Monitor

NIAC applauds Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) and 23 other Senators who today called for the Obama Administration to work with the international community to establish an independent UN human rights monitor on Iran when the UN Human Rights Council convenes this March.

Take Action to Help Stop Human Rights Abuses in Iran

The threats, abuses, and political killings in Iran must stop. The UN has a chance to finally take serious measures to help stop these horrific abuses. Take action now and you add your voice to the call for serious action on human rights in Iran at the UN.

Leading Diplomats, Experts and Organizations Call on Obama to Reinvigorate Diplomacy with Iran

On the eve of talks between the P5+1 and Iran in Istanbul, a diverse group of leading diplomats, experts, and organizations have called on the Obama Administration to reinvigorate diplomacy with Iran.