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U.S.-Iran Analysis

Congress Urges President to Ensure Sanctions Do Not Block Medicine for Iranians

NIAC commends Rep. Moran and all twenty-one Members of Congress who sent a letter to President Obama today supporting necessary action to ensure medicine and humanitarian goods for the Iranian people are not unintentionally blocked for Iranians.

Policy Memo: Why are Sanctions Blocking Medicine for Iranians and How Can We Fix This?

Beginning in 2012, there have been widespread reports that U.S. and European sanctions on Iran have contributed to shortages of life-saving medicine in Iran, including drugs needed to treat cancer, hemophilia, multiple sclerosis, and other severe ailments.

Policy Memo: New Sanctions Would Kill the Interim Iran Nuclear Deal

With the U.S. and partners having secured an interim deal that would freeze and rollback Iran's nuclear program in exchange for modest sanctions relief, some are urging for additional sanctions that would violate the deal.

Policy Memo: Iran Deal is a Victory for U.S. and Regional Security

The interim agreement signed by Iran and the P5+1 is a major boost to American and regional security. For the first time in eight years, Iran's nuclear program will be frozen and key elements will be rolled back, all under enhanced IAEA inspections.

Nuclear Deal Offers Iranians Some Relief

The interim deal between Iran and the P5+1 and the European Union, which increases the transparency over Iran's nuclear program, allows Iranians who have long suffered under strict sanctions to breathe a sigh of relief.

Policy Memo: A Good Iran Deal - Spin vs Reality

In order to help convert this agreement into a final deal, Congress must have accurate information about the benefits of the interim deal and not allow spin to derail this opportunity to prevent war and prevent a nuclear-armed Iran.

NIAC Policy Memo: Positive Steps By Iran and the U.S.

Iran's new president has sent positive signals and undertaken actions that suggest a nuclear compromise is achievable, U.S.-Iran tensions can be resolved, and the human rights situation in Iran can significantly improve.

Legislative Update, July 24, 2013: Concerning Legislation Underway in Congress

Several bills are under consideration in Congress which seek to increase pressure on Iran. All would punish the Iranian people and risk undercutting the incoming Iranian President who has pledged "constructive interaction with the outside world."

NIAC Policy Memo: The Iran Export Embargo Act (S. 1001)

This bill, cosponsored by 19 Republican Senators, would remove the President's ability to waive sanctions, risk fracturing the international coalition, and worsen humanitarian shortages in Iran.

ABC Australia: Why do people leave Iran?

"The sanctions that have been put in place by the United States and other Western countries, Australia included, increasingly are the primary reason why life has become so much more difficult than it used to be even one or two years ago inside of Iran" said Reza Marashi.

NIAC Policy Memo: Why are U.S. sanctions blocking medicine for Iranians and how can we fix this?

Beginning in 2012, there have been widespread reports that U.S. and European sanctions on Iran, in addition to Iranian government mismanagement, have created shortages of life-saving medicine in Iran, including drugs needed to treat cancer, hemophilia, multiple sclerosis, thalassemia and some other severe ailments.

NIAC Policy Memo: Concerning Sanctions Bill Under Consideration in House

The House of Representatives is preparing to vote on a new bill, H.R.850, that could seriously harm U.S.-Iranian relations and prospects for reaching a peaceful solution to the present crisis, as well as disproportionately hurt ordinary citizens in Iran.

NIAC Policy Memo: How Congress Can Start the Iran War through Sanctions

Senator Mark Kirk is circulating sanctions legislation that would effectively end all avenues for diplomacy and significantly increase the risk of war by making "regime change" in Iran official US policy by requiring Iran to "move toward a free and democratically elected government" as a condition for lifting sanctions.

Parsing Rouhani's Victory

The election of Hassan Rouhani as Iran's next president has elicited different interpretations in Washington. To some, Iranian officials from both sides of the political spectrum are cut from the same cloth, so a pox on both of their houses! To others, a centrist Iranian president offers the best opportunity for finding a peaceful solution to the US-Iran standoff.

Al Jazeera: Iran: A victory of moderation?

"The election of Mr. Rouhani can go a long way towards empowering people in Washington that are more pro-diplomacy," said Reza Marashi.

Democracy Now: Iran Elects Moderate President Hassan Rouhani -- Will U.S. Respond by Easing Crippling Sanctions?

"Rouhani's win firmly puts the ball back in Washington's court. You say you want a moderate voice? Here you have a former nuclear negotiator that, by all accounts, is tough but fair, somebody that the West can do business with. Now we're going to see," Said Reza Marashi.

The Takeaway: Election Results Hint at New World For Iran

"Now you have a new face, somebody who's smiling and blowing kisses to people who voted for him, and it doesn't mean that things are going to get better over night because diplomacy in itself is not about talking to your friends, it's about talking to your enemies" said Reza Marashi.

Al Jazeera: Iran elections - Hassan Rouhani Wins

"Rouhani's victory represents the triumph of hope and change," Said Reza Marashi. "don't think it's a question of whether or not changes will come; I think it's a question of the degree to which changes will come and the speed at which they will come."

The Huffington Post: Is This Iran's Moment?

"I think the fact that the day went off relatively peacefully, there were no reports of any major kind of violence or disturbances taking place, that can generally be taken as positive," says Reza Marashi. "I think that's a testament for the Iranian people and their willingness to go to the poll at relatively high numbers."

NIAC's DC Spring Fundraiser Reception & Dinner

You Are Cordially Invited to NIAC's Spring Fundraiser Reception & Dinner: Strengthening Iranian Americans' Voice in Washington Amid Sanctions and the Threat of War Featuring Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, Fomer Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell

Foreign Policy: Our Myopic Approach to Iran

When historians of American foreign policy look back a few decades from now, they will shake their heads in wonder at the incompetence of the U.S. effort to deal with Iran. If you don't believe me, you should take a look at a new report from the National Iranian-American Council.

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.

BBC Persian: Who Beats the Drums of War?

BBC Persian interviews NIAC's President Trita Parsi on the threat of war from Israel and how the United States election plays a role.

HuffPost Live: Crying Wolf on War

Huff Post Live interviews NIAC's Policy Director, Jamal Abdi on the possibility of war with Iran.

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