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Foreign Policy: How Iran Played the U.N. -- and Drove the U.S. Nuts

"The secretary-general miscalculated; The Syrian opposition freaked out much more ferociously than he expected. This ended up being a confidence depleting exercise between Iran and the secretary general, the U.S. and Iran, and the U.S. and the secretary general," said Trita Parsi.

CNN: Can New Iran Sanctions Scuttle Deal?

Research Director, National Iranian American Council (NIAC) , Reza Marashi, joins Connect the World to discusses nuclear talks with Iran, and the possible implication of U.S. Congress passing new sanctions: "It's not good cop - bad cop, what congress is doing is good cop - insane cop and this is why..."

Common Dreams: US Public: We Don't Want AIPAC's 'Path to War'

"Lawmakers are feeling the pressure," said Abdi, confirming that "calls and letters to lawmakers overwhelmingly oppose this bill." He added, "You have senators coming out who have co-sponsored this bill now saying they have second thoughts."

The New York Times: Lobbying Picks Up Over Bill to Toughen Antinuclear Sanctions Against Iran

"By foreclosing diplomatic prospects, new sanctions would set us on a path to war," read a letter sent Tuesday to senators as part of an effort led by the National Iranian American Council, a Washington group that opposes sanctions. "The American people have made it clear that they do not want another war in the Middle East and strongly support pursuing diplomatic prospects until they are exhausted."

Al Jazeera: US Concerned About Iran-Russia Oil Deal

"I think there is concern on the part of the United States because right now we feel we have Iran in a good place; meaning that were are in the diplomatic process in an effort to try and get a larger deal, a final deal, that solves all of the problems and there is concern that we can empower elements inside of Iran that are opposed to diplomacy if we go forward with this deal between Iran and Russia," Marashi said.

DW: US Lawmakers Pose Threat to Iran Deal

Parsi said President Obama should be commended for having shifted US policy away from sanctions and toward diplomacy. "To reach a final deal, however, even greater leadership is needed," he said. "The most valuable concessions from the Iranian side will only come when the US puts on the table the most valuable concession it can offer: the lifting of broad nuclear-related sanctions."

Huffington Post Live: Iran Talks: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?

"The White House itself has made it quite clear that if diplomatic talks breaks down, which they will if Congress passes sanctions, which would be a clear violation of the agreement... If talks breaks down as a result of this, the U.S. is essentially left with two options: 1) accept that Iran will have an undetectable breakout capability or 2) to take military action," says Trita Parsi.

Common Dreams: Eyes on Silent Dems as Hawks Push for War with Iran

"If the bill passes and goes into law, I think this will be read not just by Iran but also the U.S.'s partners, as violation of the interim agreement," said Abdi. "It's going to convey to the world that the U.S. actually dropped the ball on diplomacy. That will render the diplomatic process terminated."

Al Jazeera America: Could Report of Iran-Russia Oil-For-Goods Swap Impact Iran Nuclear Deal?

NIAC's Research Director, Reza Marashi, and David Rohde, a columnist for Reuters and The Atlantic and a Pulitzer Prize winner, join Consider This host Antonio Mora to discuss the difficulties in reaching a nuclear agreement with Iran.

Al Jazeera America: How Could an Oil-for-Goods Swap Between Iran and Russia Impact Iran Nuclear Sanction Deal?

"Iran has a similar mechanism in place with other countries, like China and India, and it hasn't proven to be very effective to date. So in the bigger scheme of things this is not a position you want to be in if you are the Iranian government; where you are trading your oil for random goods here and there. You want to be reintegrated into the fabric of the international society fully," said Reza Marashi

Al Jazeera: Extended interview: Reza Marashi

"Many of the things identified as the root are in fact symptoms of the larger problem. When the Iranian revolution happened in 1979, Iran went from a compliant client state of the US to one that rejected the US-led security and order in the Middle East," said Reza Marashi

Huffington Post Live: Which Iran Will We Choose?

NIAC's Reza Marashi joins Huffington Post Live to discuss "Which Iran Will We Choose?" and the historic interim agreement between the permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany and Iran over its nuclear dispute is not just about enrichment, centrifuges and breakout capabilities.

NPR: West Can Use Science To Forge Ties With Iran

"Thanks to the elections, a group of people came to power who for a very long time believed that it's in the interest of Iran to have a better relationship with the West." Listen to NIAC's Trita Parsi on NPR discussing what the West can do to cultivate the resurgence of moderate forces in Iran.

Huffington Post: Iran Sanctions Bill From Sens. Bob Menendez And Mark Kirk Could Endanger U.S. Negotiations

"This would be a direct violation of the Geneva deal which would cause the collapse of the talks not due to Iranian sabotage, but American foul play," said Parsi, "America would be at fault in the eyes of the world, which then would help Iran significantly weaken the international sanctions regime - without Iran giving any nuclear concessions."

Foreign Policy: Top Senate Democrats Break with White House and Circulate New Iran Sanctions Bill

"It would kill the talks, invalidate the interim deal to freeze Iran's nuclear program, and pledge U.S. military and economic support for an Israel-led war on Iran," said Jamal Abdi, the policy director for the Washington-based National Iranian American Council.

The Huffington Post: The Iran Nuclear Deal: A New Beginning for the People of the Middle East

"Diplomacy is making some significant headway," Parsi explained introductorily, referencing the nuclear deal set up between six major powers of the international community and Iran, but without neglecting the fact that the current compromise is no more than an "interim agreement" -- albeit of historic proportion.

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"Having more of the most dangerous weapons in the history of mankind is never a good thing," Marashi responded. "It doesn't matter if it's Iran building (a nuclear bomb), the United States adding to its existing arsenal or anything in between. The more of them you have in the world, the greater the likelihood one gets used..."

Al Jazeera America: After Geneva, How Will the US and Iran Reach a Final Deal?

"Washington and Tehran are finally showing a willingness to take risks for peace, and that's largely because the remaining conflict-escalation measures available to both sides make war a near certainty," said Reza Marashi.

The Christian Science Monitor: Face Time and Pivoting Presidents Bring US and Iran a Little Closer

"I don't think either of them have a crystal clear idea of what they want the relationship to look like," says Reza Marashi, a former State Department researcher on Iran now with the National Iranian American Council. "I think right now the Iranians would be happy going from enemies to rivals, like a cold peace."

Washington Post: Iran's President Hassan Rouhani Delivers Optimistic 100-Day Progress Report

"A positive next step would be freeing political prisoners." Marashi pointed out that when Iran's foreign minister and lead nuclear negotiator, Mohammad Javad Zarif, returned from Geneva earlier this week, crowds that came to meet him chanted the names of Mousavi and Karroubi.

CTV: Iran Nuclear Deal

"Diplomacy is a lot like a minefield where you never really know where or if you will step on one. But because war should always be the last option, and because you should always exhaust all options before war. I think all parties at the negotiating table and all parties supporting those at the table should be commended," said Reza Marashi.

Huffington Post Live: WorldBrief: Iran, Middle East, and the World React.

Reza Marashi joins Rami Khouri, Ibrahim Gamal Eldin, and Bel Trew on Huffington Post Live, hosted by Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, to discuss the implications of the Iran deal and the reaction of the rest of the world.

Democracy Now: Historic Deal Curbs Iran's Nuclear Program While Easing U.S.-Led Devastating Economic Sanctions

"The language that was used in the agreement allows both sides to Walk away with a win/win scenario where the West can say, we are not acknowledging Iran's right to enrich, Iran can say they have acknowledge to our right to enrich, and that is what diplomacy is about at the end of the day, creating win/win outcomes," said Reza Marashi.

Watch Parsi Debate Gingrich, Jones, and May on CNN's Crossfire

NIAC's Trita Parsi joins Cliff May, Van Jones, and Newt Gingrich on Crossfire to discuss the new deal between U.S. and Iran. Is the Iranian nuclear deal a step in the right or wrong direction? Watch this heated debate to find out.

BBC: Interview with Reza Marashi

"The only alternative to finding a peaceful diplomatic solution to this conflict is war." Said the Director of Research at the National Iranian American Council, Reza Marashi, on BBC World News discussing the successful nuclear negotiations in Geneva and what to expect in the months ahead.

Chicago Tribune: Iranian-Americans Cautiously Cheer News of Nuclear Deal with Tehran

"Diplomacy has delivered the U.S. and Iran from the brink of a disastrous war and placed the two countries at the beginning of a brighter, more sustainable path forward," Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, said in a statement after the deal was reached on early Sunday in Geneva.

BBC: Interview with Reza Marashi

National Iranian American Council's Research Director joins BBC World News to discuss the bombing of Iran's embassy in Lebanon and the upcoming nuclear negotiations in Geneva.

The Diplomat: The Geopolitics of a US-Iran Detente

In his pivotal book "Treacherous Alliances," Trita Parsi seeks to refute the conventional wisdom that ideology shapes U.S.-Iranian-Israeli relations. Tracing the trilateral relationship from Israel's creation through the middle of the last decade, Parsi argues convincingly that geopolitics has been the driving force in the trilateral relationship.

Le Monde: France's New Neocons

Reza Marashi, who was present in Geneva, said on his Twitter account that Fabius «just made Kerry's life a living hell,» and reported the words of a European diplomat who told him, «never mind the spin, we had a deal until the French threw a curveball. All day has been damage control.»

Business Day: Pressure Rises for Iran Nuclear Talks to Deliver

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani risks losing the backing of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei if the moderate's "charm offensive" with the West since taking office in August fails to bear fruit. "So far Iranian discipline in supporting Rouhani has been impressive and unprecedented," said Trita Parsi.

Washington Times: Obama Sees Beirut Terrorist Attack as Common Ground with Iran in Nuclear Talks

"I think from the side of the West, this was a way to show consistency and sympathy to the Iranians when they've been targeted by al Qaeda," said Trita Parsi, who heads the National Iranian American Council. "It's a way for the U.S. to repeat their claim or assertion that the U.S. is against terrorism, no matter who it targets."

Global Post: Putin Calls Rouhani as Powers Gear Up for Iran Talks

"If Rouhani is not getting anywhere, the conservatives are going to make a strong comeback," Trita Parsi, author and president of the National Iranian American Council, told AFP.

Russia Today: Israeli, Saudi Talk of Military Strike on Iran Doesn't Mean Attack is 'Being Planned'

"I think this is actually very concerning for Israelis to see their prime minister going out and lobbying against a deal that would actually be in the interest of everybody in the region who doesn't want to see Iran potentially have the ability to build nuclear weapon. That is what this deal does," said Jamal Abdi.

NDTV: US Ready to Risk Israel, Saudi Arabia Wrath to Seal Iran Deal

"Both the Israelis and the Saudis have indicated publicly they want the United States to go to war with Iran," said Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council. "If there is a deal, there will not be a war, that's why they are upset."

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.

Mondoweiss: 'The goal is to isolate Iran'Jamal Abdi breaks down Israel's opposition to the Geneva talks

"The idea behind these sanctions, supposedly, is to build leverage. The danger now is that, we're concerned the sanctions are never going to be lifted. That just like with Iraq, these are sanctions not put in place as leverage, but to prevent rapprochement and prevent diplomacy and build a well between the two countries to eventually get to a war."

The Jerusalem Post: Iran Unlikely to Accept Israel's Demands for Complete Uranium Enrichment Halt

"French and congressional intransigence, if it continues, will perfectly position Iran for its plan B: Pass the blame to the West, and cause the sanctions regime internationally to fall apart without Iran giving any concessions," said Trita Parsi.

WSJ: Emerging Iran Deal Brings Jitters to Washington

Jamal Abdi, NIAC policy director, said some U.S. legislators are engaging in "fantasies" that the goal of negotiations is to strip Iran of its uranium enrichment capabilities. "If that was the goal from the beginning, then all of these legislators should have just come out and said they wanted war, because that's not going to happen," he said.

NPR: Iranian American Group: 'Do We Want A Deal Or A War?'

Negotiate a deal or we'll have another war in the Middle East -- that's what Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, says is at stake in the current negotiations with Iran over curbing its nuclear program.

Voice of Russia: Conservative Iranians Protest Rouhani Nuke Detente

"He's (The Supreme Leader) basically gone out and said we need to give Rouhani some time to show whether or not his approach can work. I'm going to give this guy a few months. If he succeeds, great. I look good by allowing him the space to do this. If he fails, I can pivot and say, 'see, I told you so; the West can't actually be compromised with,'" said Jamal Abdi.

AFP: Ultimate Goal of Nuclear Talks Is to Leave Iranians Helpless; UN, U.S. Begin Dismantling Syria's Chemical Weapons

"We're on the precipice of a historic shift in the relationship between the U.S. and Iran," Abdi began. "I hope that both sides are serious in their proposals and recognize the value of compromise. Each side needs to give up something."

The Guardian: US lead negotiator calls for delay in new Iran sanctions as nuclear talks continue

"That not only sends a message to Congress but it also sends a message I think to the Iranians as well. That shows a certain level of seriousness to make these kinds of statements publicly," said NIAC research director Reza Marashi.

JTA: Is a Common Fear of Iran driving Israel and Saudi Arabia together?

"Israel is kept out particularly as far as Saudi Arabia is concerned because it's keeping itself out," Prince Turki bin Faisal al Saud, the Saudi ambassador to Washington from 2005 to 2007, said this week at the annual conference of the National Iranian American Council.

An enriching dialogue with Iran -- with limits

As Trita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council pointed out, the proposal may resemble that offered by Mr. Zarif and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani when they last represented Iran in nuclear talks, in 2005.

Voice of Russia: Sitting in Front of a Mountain & Starting a Submarine: Iran & the P5+1 Talks

Trita Parsi, President of NIAC, opened one of the discussions by saying, "A Saudi Prince, a former American diplomat, a former Israeli intelligence officer, and a former Iranian diplomat walk into a room in Washington DC, and this is not a joke."

The Washington Post: Despite Reported Progress in Talks with Iran, Skepticism Persists Over Possible Nuclear Deal

"One would be mistaken to not take into account the resistance -- automatic resistance -- that some elements in Congress will put forward to any deal," said Trita Parsi, author of "A Single Roll of the Dice," a book about U.S. relations with Iran.

Lobe Log: Iran Nuclear Deal May Have its Beginnings in Geneva

According to Iran expert Trita Parsi, Iran started implementing the Protocol in 2003 as part of a negotiation with the so-called EU-3 while under the impression that "objective criteria would be put into place for Iran to have a nuclear enrichment program."

Foreign Policy: Rubio Pushes for More Iran Sanctions While U.S. Hails 'Positive' Talks with Tehran

"The Iranian proposal is more structured and clear than previous Western proposals because the previous Western proposals only included the first steps," said NIAC's Trita Parsi, who supports diplomacy.

CS Monitor:Claims of Progress as Iran Nuclear Talks Wrap Up

"The fact that they are on the same page about the structure of the process at this stage is a breakthrough," says Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, after hearing European, Iranian US comments on the talks in Geneva.

The Slate: The Shutdown Hasn't Been the Worst Thing for Iran Diplomacy

Analyst Trita Parsi also suspects, based on recent comments by Secretary of State John Kerry, that the "Obama administration is signaling that it will ultimately accept limited uranium enrichment in Iran under tighter scrutiny."