Issues

  • Nasrin Sotoudeh Won’t Appeal Sentence March 22, 2019
    Sina ToossiSina Toossi
    In this week’s Iran Unfiltered, research associate Sina Toossi discusses Reza Khandan’s statement that his wife Nasrin Sotoudeh will not be appealing her sentence and Khamenei’s New Year address in Mashhad, which dismissed EU efforts to salvage the JCPOA.
  • Rouhani’s Iraq Trip Highlights His High Ambitions March 15, 2019
    Sina ToossiSina Toossi
    In this week’s Iran Unfiltered, research associate Sina Toossi discusses the sentencing of prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh to 12 years of imprisonment, President Rouhani’s trip to Iraq, Ebrahim Raisi’s election to the Assembly of Experts, and more.
  • NIAC Condemns Horrific Attacks on Christchurch Mosques March 15, 2019
    NIACNIAC
    We are shocked and outraged by the unconscionable terrorist attacks on the al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch yesterday, which claimed the lives of 49 and injured dozens more. We relay our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of those taken in this tragedy, and mourn alongside the ...
  • Betraying Democracy: How Trump Abandoned The JCPOA And The Iranian People March 8, 2019
    Assal Rad
    The resignation by Iranian foreign minister, Javad Zarif, and the public response that hastened Iran’s political elites to demand he stay in office, strengthened the hand of the architect of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Iran nuclear deal. But this incident also reinforces an important point: the ...
  • Khatami Says People May No Longer Turnout to Vote March 8, 2019
    Sina ToossiSina Toossi
    In this week’s Iran Unfiltered, research associate Sina Toossi discusses the sentencing of prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, the appointment of Ebrahim Raisi as Judiciary Chief, and more.
  • Appointment of Ebrahim Raisi to Head Iran’s Judiciary Signals Resurgence of Hardline Elements March 7, 2019
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    The appointment of Ebrahim Raisi today to head Iran’s Judiciary—a tremendously powerful institution that has overseen countless miscarriages of justice—is deeply concerning.
  • NIAC Statement on Politically Motivated Sentencing of Prominent Human Rights Lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh March 6, 2019
    NIACNIAC
    NIAC unequivocally condemns the Iranian government for its arbitrary and politically motivated detentions in contravention of Iran’s human rights obligations, and reiterates its call for the immediate and unconditional release of Sotoudeh, along with all prisoners of conscience.
  • Memo on Subcommittee Hearing “The Status of American Hostages in Iran” March 6, 2019
    NIACNIAC
    On Thursday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on the Middle East will hear from family members of individuals unjustly detained in Iran. This is an important opportunity to highlight and condemn the Iranian government’s unconscionable imprisonment of Americans and other politically motivated detentions that violate Iran’s human rights obligations.
  • Former Officials Defend the JCPOA at Washington Forums March 4, 2019
    Brandon Handy
    Malley is among several former U.S. officials who have warned that President Trump undermined U.S. diplomacy by withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but that if the deal was salvaged, it could serve as a paradigm for a future administration ...
  • Soleimani’s support boosts Zarif, isolates Iran’s hard-liners March 1, 2019
    Sina ToossiSina Toossi
    If past is prologue, it appears that despite their setback with Zarif’s return as foreign minister, the Endurance Front and other conservative factions are poised to make gains in Iran’s next parliamentary and presidential elections in 2020 and 2021 — unless Europe stands up to US pressure and provides the ...
  • Zarif’s Resignation Saga March 1, 2019
    Sina ToossiSina Toossi
    In this week’s Iran Unfiltered, research associate Sina Toossi explores Zarif’s resignation saga, Qassem Soleimani’s continued resistance to further negotiations with the United States, the status of Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant, and more.
  • State Department Responds to Congressional Sanctions Concerns February 28, 2019
    NIACNIAC
    Last December, NIAC worked with Rep. Jared Huffman and a group of 13 lawmakers who sent a letter to the the State Department regarding the dire humanitarian impact of U.S. sanctions on the Iranian people. Read the full text of the State Department’s response.
  • The Slender Path Back to the Iran Nuke Deal — and Away from War February 27, 2019
    Ryan CostelloRyan Costello
    U.S. policymakers outside the administration must speak up about the need to rejoin the JCPOA, and so pave the way for Trump’s successor to do so.
  • NIAC Hiring Advancement Officer February 26, 2019
    David ElliottDavid Elliott
    NIAC seeks an aggressive and energetic advancement professional. The Advancement Officer will develop, strategize, implement and coordinate fundraising and donor relations & engagement programs.
  • Zarif Resignation May Bolster Iran’s Hardliners and Trump’s Hawkish Policies [updated] February 25, 2019
    NIACNIAC
    Javad Zarif’s pending resignation as Foreign Minister reflects a hardening posture in Iran following the U.S. withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). President Rouhani now has to decide whether or not to accept the resignation—and it remains entirely unclear if he will do so.