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NIAC Conferences

Informing Policy MakersDiane Feinstein

NIAC holds major policy conferences on Capitol Hill to examine the most significant and timely issues facing the U.S. and Iran. We bring together the world’s foremost experts on Iranian politics, human rights, US-Iran relations, and nuclear weapons to answer the toughest questions that policy makers wrestle with everyday. All of this is part of NIAC’s continued mission to bring the Iranian-American perspective into the halls of power in Washington DC.

Here you will find information about our past and upcoming conferences, including videos, transcripts, and more.


 2012 Leadership Conference

  September 30 - October 2

    Sanctions Briefing: Are Iran Sanctions Worse than Iraq?

    Eric Ferrari, Washington-Based Sanctions Attorney and Expert
    Justin Logan, Director of Foreign Policy Studies at the Cato Institute
    Sanam Anderlini, International Civil society Action Network

    Briefing Summary

    U.S. and Iran: On the Path to War?

    Farideh Farhi, University of Hawaii Scholar
    Honorable Robert Hunter, Former US Ambassador to NATO
    Honorable Thomas Pickering, Former Ambassador to Israel and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs

    Panel Summary 

    The Iranian People's Quest for Democracy -
The Role of the Diaspora

    Maziar Bahari, Journalist and Filmmaker
    Nazila Fathi, Former Tehran-based Journalist for the NY Times
    Ramin Jahenbegloo, University of Toronto Professor, Author, Prominent Iran Scholar
    Bijan Khajehpour, Political and Economic Analyst, and Chairman of Atieh International

    Panel Video 

    Reinventing the Wheel? What Iranian Americans Can Learn from other Communities

    Tom Dine, Executive Director of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee
    James Zogby, President of the Arab American Institute
    Aram Suren Hamparian, Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee of America

    Panel Summary;Panel Video

  Highlight Video

  Media Coverage; The American Conservative: The Guardian


 The Day After Baghdad: Assessing the Iran Nuclear Talks

   May 23, 2012

    PJ Crowley, Former Assistant Secretary of State
    Bijan Khajehpour, Political and Economic Analyst, and Chairman of Atieh International
    Aaron David Miller, Distinguished Scholar at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
    George Perkovich, Director of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

  Summary and Video   

  Media Coverage 
LinkTV broadcast; 

 The Iranian Nuclear Dilemma: Risk of an Iraq Sequel?

   February 21, 2012

     Hans Blix, Former Director General of the IAEA
     Colin Kahl, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East
     Robert Kelley, Former Chief Inspector for the IAEA in Iraq

  Summary; Transcript

  Media Coverage
LinkTV broadcast;  WSJ; IPS; 

 2011 Leadership Conference

  October 2 - 4

    U.S.-Iran Relations: Opportunities and Set Backs from the
    Washington insider’s Perspective

    John Limbert, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iran Ambassador
    Ramin Asgard, VOA Persian News Network Director
    Dr. Jim Walsh, Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Security Studies Program
    Rouzbeh Parsi, European Union Institute for Security Studies

    Panel Summary

    The Iranian American Experience: Overcoming Obstacles and
    Celebrating Success

    Erich Ferrari, Sanctions Attorney and Expert
Darius Shahinfar, Former Congressional Candidate
    Reza Marashi, NIAC Research Director

    Panel Summary

    The Impact of Sanctions on Iran, the U.S., and the Global Economy

    Bijan Khajehpour, Managing Partner Atieh International
    Robert Pape, Political Scientist University of Chicago
Lucian Pugliaresi, President Energy Policy Research Foundation

     Panel Summary; Panel Video

  Highlight Video
  Alan Eyre Dinner Keynote Address

  Media Coverage
IIP Digital: Voice of America

 Answering the Iranian People’s Call for Human Rights

   March 15, 2011

   Congressional Remarks
   Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN)

    Suzanne Nossel, Deputy Assistant Secretary
     Jonas Hafström, Swedish Ambassador to U.S.
     Nazila Fathi, Former Iran-Based New York Times correspondent and Fellow at the Nieman Foundation
     Prof. Nader Hashemi, Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the Josef Korbel School of
         International Studies
     Alireza Nader, RAND International Policy Analyst
     Sarah Leah Whitson, Human Rights Watch MENA division

  Summary and Videos

  Media Coverage 
  Yahoo News: U.N. rights body votes to appoint Iran human rights monitor, Proposal at U.N. Body Puts Focus on Iran's Human Rights Record
  Ground Report: Iran Says No to Human Rights Investigator;
  State Dept: Holding Iran Accountable for its Human Rights Record


 Iran at a Crossroads: Assessing a Changing Landscape

  March 10, 2010

  Congressional Remarks
  Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA)
  Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN)

  Video of Congressional Remarks

A Century Old Struggle for Democracy

Prof. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, University of Maryland
Prof. Scott Lucas, University of Birmingham, UK
Prof. Muhammad Sahimi, University of Southern California
Moderator: Neil MacFarquhar, Author, The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday

Panel Summary; Panel Video

The US and Iran: Back to Confrontation?

Prof. Juan Cole, University of Michigan
Amb. Robert Hunter, RAND Corporation
Robert Malley, International Crisis Group
Moderator: Dr. Trita Parsi, NIAC President 

Panel Summary; Panel Video

  Conference Transcript

 The US & Iran: Human Rights, Diplomacy, & Sanctions   

  November 4, 2009

Human Rights and the Battle for Iran

Prof. Mehrzad Boroujerdi, Syracuse University
Geneive Abdo, The Century Foundation
Dr. Hadi Ghaemi, International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran

Panel Summary 

Assessing Obama’s Diplomacy

Amb. John Limbert, US Naval Academy 
Amb. Thomas Pickering, Former Undersecretary of State
Greg Thielmann, Arms Control Association

Panel Summary 

 Conference Video; Conference Transcript

 The US & Iran: Between Elections and Enrichment

  June 17, 2009

  Congressional Remarks
  Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY)
  Rep. John Tierney (D-MA) 

Reassessing Inspections and Verification

Dr. David Kay, Former Weapons Inspector, Iraq
Amb. François Nicoullaud, Former French Ambassador to Iran (2001-2005)
Bruno Pellaud, Former Head of IAEA Safeguards
Moderator: Glenn Kessler, The Washington Post

A Conversation on the Iranian Elections

Prof. Ali Akbar Mahdi, Ohio Wesleyan University
Hooman Majd, Author, The Ayatollah Begs to Differ
Dr. Suzanne Maloney, The Brookings Institution
Moderator: Nisid Hajari, Foreign Editor, Newsweek

   Conference Transcript

 Can Obama Untangle the Iranian Challenge?
 Prospects for a New Iran Policy

  November 18, 2008

  Congressional Remarks
  Senator Thomas Carper (D-DE)
  Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA)
  Rep. John Tierney (D-MA)

  The Future of US-Iran Policy: An Agenda for Change
  Amb. James Dobbins, Former Assistant Secretary of State
  Dr. Farideh Farhi, University of Hawaii
  Joseph Cirincione, The Ploughshares Fund 

  Summary; Transcript 


 Breaking the US-Iran Stalemate 

  April 8, 2008

  Congressional Remarks
  Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)


New Majles, New Challenges

Scott Peterson, Christian Science Monitor
Prof. Ahmad Sadri, Lake Forest College
Barbara Slavin, USIP/USA Today

Panel Summary; Panel Video 

Beyond Zero Enrichment: Finding the Nuclear Fix

Dr. Hans Blix, Former Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency
Amb. Thomas Pickering, Former Undersecretary of State
Dr. David Albright, Institute for Science and International Security

Panel Summary; Panel Video 

  Conference Transcript


 Human Rights In Iran and U.S. Policy Options

  July 26, 2007

  Congressional Remarks
  Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA)
  Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) 
  Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO)

    Alex Arriaga, Amnesty International
    Joe Stork, Human Rights Watch
    John Tirman, MIT
    Laura Secor, The New Yorker

  SummaryTranscript, Video


 US-Iran Relations: Collision, Stand-off, or Convergence?

  March 27, 2007

  Congressional Remarks
  Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA)

    Joseph Cirincione, Center for American Progress
    Bruno Pellaud, Former Deputy Chief of Safeguards at the IAEA to Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    Steve Clemons, American Strategy Program, New America Foundation
    Francis Fukuyama, Johns Hopkins University
    Flynt Leverett, Former National Security Council Official
    Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, General Colin Powell’s Chief of Staff
    The Honorable Matthew Levitt, Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for             Intelligence & Analysis
    Daniel Levy, New America Foundation; former advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak