Issues

  • Trump and Israel Must Not Conflate North Korea Nuclear Threat With Iran August 17, 2017
    Reza MarashiReza Marashi
    “How can dictatorships be deterred from developing operational nuclear arsenals?” This is a good question posed in an August 10 Haaretz op-ed about North Korea and its potential lessons for Iran. The subsequent answers, however, demonstrate either misdirection or a misunderstanding.
  • Iranian American Organizations Condemn Violence and Bigotry Displayed by Hate Groups in Charlottesville, Virginia August 16, 2017
    NIAC Statement
    As organizations representing the Iranian-American community, we stand united in condemning – in the strongest possible terms – the violence and bigotry displayed by hate groups in Charlottesville, Virginia on Friday and Saturday.
  • NIAC: ‘Trump’s Violations of the Iran Deal Begets Unfortunate But Predictable Iranian Response’ August 15, 2017
    NIAC Statement
    “It should now be clear that Donald Trump’s moves to violate and hold certification of the Iran nuclear deal in doubt are actively destabilizing the accord.
  • NIAC Condemns Nazi Violence in Charlottesville and Trump’s Tolerance of White Supremacists August 13, 2017
    NIAC Statement
    The ‘Unite the Right’ neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia is both a national tragedy and a wake-up call to all who believe in a pluralistic, tolerant, and hate-free society.
  • For Netanyahu and the Saudis, Opposing Diplomacy With Iran Was Never About Enrichment August 11, 2017
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    “This was never about enrichment.” The academics and officials in the room were taken aback. For a former senior Israeli official to deny the importance of the nuclear issue was unusual, to say the least. The conversations, attended by American civilian and military officials and other Western representatives, as well ...
  • Trump Only Has Two Options on the Iran Nuclear Deal August 8, 2017
    Ryan CostelloRyan Costello
    Ideological opponents of the JCPOA, such as Senators Tom Cotton (R-AK), Marco Rubio (R-FL), David Perdue (R-GA) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) as well as the Foundation for Defense of Democracy’s Mark Dubowitz are urging Trump to withhold certification that Iran is in compliance with the JCPOA and that U.S. compliance ...
  • It’s Up to Europe to Save the Iran Deal August 8, 2017
    Tyler CullisTyler CullisReza MarashiReza Marashi
    This is not a drill, folks. Following a fight inside the White House over recertifying Iran’s compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — the nuclear accord between Iran and six major world powers, including the United States — President Donald Trump has signaled his intent to refuse ...
  • NIAC Hiring Office Administrator August 8, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC is looking for a highly motivated and dedicated Office Administrator to join our team in early September.
  • Memo: How Might Trump Undermine and Break the Provisions of the JCPOA July 31, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    On July 17, 2017, President Trump reluctantly certified that Iran has complied with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement implemented by the Obama Administration. Following the certification, the Trump Administration then placed sanctions on Iran citing its testing of ballistic missiles and support for Syrian President Bashar ...
  • Bernie’s Vote on Sanctions Was About Protecting the Iran Deal from Trump July 30, 2017
    Ida Adibi
    This week, when the Senate voted 98-2 to pass new sanctions against Russia, Iran, and North Korea, the only Senators to vote against the measure were Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rand Paul (R-KY). While the Russia sanctions were the focus of nearly every big media outlet’s headlines, it is the ...
  • The Mask Is Off: Trump Is Seeking War with Iran July 28, 2017
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    Something extraordinary has happened in Washington. President Donald Trump has made it clear, in no uncertain terms and with no effort to disguise his duplicity, that he will claim that Tehran is cheating on the nuclear deal by October—the facts be damned. In short, the fix is in. Trump will ...
  • Trump Seeks to Abuse Inspections in the Iran Deal to Fabricate Crisis July 27, 2017
    NIAC Statement
    Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council and author of Losing an Enemy – Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy, issued the following statement in response to reports that the Trump administration is planning to abuse the inspections mechanism of the Iran nuclear deal in order to ...
  • Democrats, So Focused on Russia, Risk Pushing Trump to War With Iran July 25, 2017
    Jamal AbdiJamal Abdi
    In Congress today, Democrats plan to slap Donald Trump on Russia while giving him a green light to do serious damage to the Iran deal — perhaps even setting the stage for military confrontation. It’s easy to forget that, less than five years ago, the top foreign policy concern for the ...
  • Iranian-American Community Advisory: Know Your Rights at the Airport and the Border July 24, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Given the recent “Muslim Travel Ban” executive orders, many Iranians are concerned about their right to enter the United States (U.S.) and interacting with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which polices the border. This advisory provides some general guidance.
  • Republicans Vote Down Amendment to Protect Families from Muslim Ban July 19, 2017
    Darius Namazi
    WASHINGTON, DC – Congress took its first vote on the Muslim ban yesterday, as an amendment to protect family members from the Muslim ban was voted down by Republican legislators 23-29. The amendment, introduced by Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), was offered during a markup of the Homeland Security Appropriations bill ...