Issues

  • NIAC Statement on President Trump’s Norooz Message March 22, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC LogoWashington, DC – The National Iranian American Council released the following statement in response to President Trump’s message on Norooz: “Empty words disgrace the one who speaks them, like serving a walnut shell without the nut.” -Saadi
  • NIAC Statement on Secretary Tillerson’s Norooz Message March 21, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Rex TillersonWashington, DC – The National Iranian American Council released the following statement in response to the Secretary Rex Tillerson’s message on Norooz: “We welcome Secretary Tillerson’s Norooz greeting and message that we ‘look forward to celebrating this new spring together.’ Our question is: how? Tillerson and the Trump administration’s Muslim ...
  • NIAC Statement on Carry-On Restrictions for Muslim-Majority Countries March 21, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    niac logoThe National Iranian American Council released the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s new restrictions targeting travelers on foreign airlines from ten airports in Muslim-majority nations: “The Trump administration’s decision to bar passengers on foreign airlines in Muslim-majority countries from carrying large electronic devices on board must unfortunately be ...
  • The Real Largest State Sponsor Of Terrorism March 16, 2017
    Adam Weinstein
    58cafd98140000200006feb5Saudi Arabia—not Iran—is the biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world today and Wahhabism remains the source of most radical Islamic extremism. For years Iran has borne the unenviable title of “world’s biggest state sponsor of terrorism.” However, out of the 61 groups that are designated as terrorist organizations ...
  • NIAC Calls for White House Aide Sebastian Gorka’s Resignation or Dismissal March 16, 2017
    NIAC Press Release
    220518_410781-161521NIAC’s Trita Parsi released the following statement in response to reports that Sebastian Gorka is a sworn member of the Nazi-affiliated group Vitézi Rend.
  • Senators Clash over U.S. Involvement and Iran’s Role in Yemen Conflict March 16, 2017
    Adam Weinstein
    Yemen-air-strikeAs is too often the case on Capitol Hill, the hearing – which was framed as an examination of U.S. interests and risks to U.S. policy in the war in Yemen – devolved into a conversation dominated by Iran hawks who inflated Iran’s influence and sought to play down Saudi ...
  • Q & A: Would Trump’s Muslim Ban 2.0 Keep Us Safer? March 16, 2017
    Adam WeinsteinReza MarashiReza Marashi
    muslim-ban-cnnTrump’s revised Muslim ban is set to go into effect this Thursday, March 16th. Since it’s announcement last week, we at NIAC have received an avalanche of questions from across the United States. In an effort to keep you informed, we posed the five most common questions that we’ve received ...
  • NIAC Welcomes Court Order Halting Trump’s Muslim Ban 2.0 March 15, 2017
    NIAC Press Release
    6363597-9597585The court’s decision to issue a temporary restraining order barring the latest Executive Order imposing a Muslim ban is another triumph for American values over discrimination.
  • NIAC Panel on Capitol Hill Examines Trump’s Muslim Ban 2.0 March 15, 2017
    Adam Weinstein
    march-briefing“Some refer to it as the Muslim ban, some argue that it does not affect all Muslims so it is not a Muslim ban, that is up for debate. What is not up for debate is that it affects all Iranians. Iranians, of the six countries, make up 58% of ...
  • Iranian-American Orgs File Federal Court Challenge To Trump Travel Ban 2.0 March 14, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC LogoWashington, DC—Today, four prominent Iranian-American organizations renewed their challenge to the Trump Administration’s illegal and unconstitutional policies, filing papers to take on the President’s revised “Travel Ban” Executive Order. The organizations, joined by over 20 individual plaintiffs, have updated their existing lawsuit against the January 27th Travel Ban Executive Order, ...
  • Don’t Label the IRGC March 10, 2017
    Tyler CullisTyler Cullis
    irgc-photoIn February, the Donald Trump administration was considering designating Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a Foreign Terrorist Organization—only to shelve its plans after encountering opposition in Washington. Noting the White House’s recent difficulties, Mark Dubowitz and Ray Takeyh urge the Trump administration to sanction the IRGC under Executive Order ...
  • Memo: Iran’s Ballistic Missile Testing March 10, 2017
    Ryan CostelloRyan Costello
    niac logoOn January 29, Iran is reported to have test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile, prompting sharp condemnations from the Trump administration and a new round of of sanctions designations. Many in Congress have pushed for further escalatory measures against Iran in reaction to its testing, though this would represent a dangerous ...
  • NIAC Joins Amicus Brief to Protect Immigrants’ Citizenship March 9, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    C6VIUUqUwAAip2pWashington, DC – NIAC has joined 73 other organizations to file an amicus brief in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court that threatens to allow the government to strip individuals of their U.S. citizenship for making minor, immaterial misstatements during the immigration process. Traditionally, stripping naturalized citizens of ...
  • Why Trump’s Travel Ban is Still a Muslim Ban March 8, 2017
    Adam WeinsteinTrita ParsiTrita Parsi
    muslim-ban-cnnPresident Donald Trump’s new travel ban may reduce the chaos at airports caused by his previous executive order, but it will not enhance American security or make the intention behind the original order any less bigoted. Indeed, in our opinion, the new travel ban is still very much a Muslim ban, ...
  • What’s Stopping Rouhani from Reaching Out to Trump? March 8, 2017
    Reza MarashiReza Marashi
    Trump delivers remarks aboard the pre-commissioned U.S. Navy aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford in Newport News, VirginiaWith the prospect of confrontation, headlines in Iran are once again focusing on relations with the United States. Ali Khorram, a former Iranian ambassador to China, recently argued that more could have been done to reduce Tehran’s vulnerability by improving ties during US President Barack Obama’s presidency. This is a ...