Issues

  • Does Iran’s Khamenei Really Have a Preferred Candidate? April 28, 2017
    Reza MarashiReza Marashi
    Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during Friday prayers in Tehran September 14, 2007. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl/File Photo - RTX2FG6BAs Iran’s presidential campaigns kick off, some headlines in Tehran and abroad have increasingly zeroed in on a recurring theme: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has a preferred candidate. However, while Khamenei’s conservative political proclivities are well-known, they do not always mean him tipping the electoral scales in favor of ...
  • NCRI Holds Press Conference Using Google Maps and Guesswork April 26, 2017
    Pouya Parsian
    mek=terror mko=terrorAs the Trump administration has ratcheted up its rhetoric targeting the Iran nuclear deal and even ominously suggesting a broader confrontation, the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK) has begun to step up its own efforts in Washington.
  • Iranian-Americans Continue Fight Against Second Muslim Ban April 24, 2017
    Shayan ModarresShayan Modarres
    Hawaii-is-first-state-to-file-lawsuit-over-Trumps-revised-travel-banThe judge in the Iranian-American lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban indicated Friday that she was not yet ready to issue a new nationwide freeze on the ban. Instead, Judge Tanya S. Chutkan in the Washington, D.C. Circuit requested additional briefs from the Iranian-American plaintiffs and from the government ...
  • Will Europe and America Diverge on Iran? April 20, 2017
    Reza MarashiReza Marashi
    Deal-SliderAfter three months in office, Donald Trump’s Iran policy is slowly taking shape and no U.S. ally is paying more attention than Europe. Since Inauguration Day, I have spent a total of one month across the pond meeting with political and military officials, corporate executives, and civil society. Assessments of ...
  • The Coming Crisis With Iran April 20, 2017
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    tillerson-white-housePresident Trump has flip-flopped many times during his first months in office. But none may be as consequential as his decision on April 18 to certify that Iran is abiding by the nuclear deal of 2015, paving the way for further waiving of sanctions. In just a few months, Mr. ...
  • NIAC Finds Secretary Tillerson’s Statements on Iran and the JCPOA Deeply Troubling April 19, 2017
    NIACNIAC
    niac logoWashington, DC – The National Iranian American Council issued the following statement following the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s statements on the review of U.S. policy towards Iran and the JCPOA: “Today Secretary Tillerson and the Trump administration placed the security of the American people and the world at grave risk.
  • Court Hears Live Testimony Ahead of Friday Hearing on Muslim Ban April 19, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    unnamedWashington, DC – DC District Court Judge Tanya S. Chutkan heard live testimonials on Tuesday from members of the Iranian-American community in the joint lawsuit, Pars Equality Center, et al., v. Donald J. Trump, et al., brought on behalf of four Iranian-American organizations challenging the Administration’s Muslim Ban.
  • Has Donald Trump Learned To Love The Iran Deal? April 19, 2017
    Reza MarashiReza MarashiTyler CullisTyler Cullis
    trump-huffpoAll this Republican party fighting over the Iran nuclear deal, it’s almost enough to forget that it’s America’s greatest foreign policy achievement in years. At least that’s what the Trump administration has seemingly acknowledged. In a statement released late Tuesday evening, they certified that Tehran continues to comply with its ...
  • NIAC Calls on Trump to Renew Iran Sanctions Waivers April 19, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC LogoWashington, DC – National Iranian American Council President Trita Parsi issued the following statement following the President’s certification to Congress that Iran is upholding its commitments under the Iran nuclear deal:
  • Why Trump’s Syria Strike Will Not End Well April 10, 2017
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    GettyImages_646639778.0U.S. President Donald Trump claims the objective of his cruise missile strike on Syria is to deter Syrian President Bashar Assad from using chemical weapons again. But six years into Syria’s brutal civil war, Trump does not have the luxury of defining his objective that narrowly. Whether he likes it ...
  • Trump’s Syria Strikes Don’t Bode Well for Iran Policy April 9, 2017
    Tyler CullisTyler CullisReza MarashiReza Marashi
    trump-pointingTwenty-four hours after launching missiles at Syria, Donald Trump’s decision to increase America’s bombing campaign in the Middle East has received much fanfare and little public debate. Regardless of whether these strikes are a one-off, the beginning of a more robust regime change effort, or something in between, over 25 ...
  • NIAC Hiring Southern California Field Organizer April 7, 2017
    David ElliottDavid Elliott
    NIAC hiringNIAC seeks a Southern California Field Organizer with organizing experience who is passionate about mobilizing the Iranian American community around issues including protecting civil rights and preventing war.
  • Joint Statement of Iranian-American Organizations on Detentions of Iranians April 5, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    PAAIA-NIAC-IAAB-IABA-PARSAs organizations that represent the Iranian-American community, we are deeply concerned by recent arrests of Iranians visiting and studying in the United States. At least two Iranians are currently being held in custody by U.S. immigration authorities: Alia Ghandi and Mohammad Salar Fard-Hajian. We implore authorities to ensure these individuals have ...
  • Boeing Deal is Win For U.S. Jobs and Ordinary Iranians’ Safety April 4, 2017
    NIACNIAC
    We welcome this agreement that will help sustain and create jobs in the U.S. and improve the safety of Iran’s aging commercial airliner fleet. Combined with Boeing’s previous $16.6 billion deal with Iran Air that was finalized late last year, this deal is a win-win that will benefit the American ...
  • NIAC Calls on Authorities to Release Second Detained Iranian Citizen Holding Valid Visa April 2, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC LogoThe National Iranian American Council calls upon authorities to release and explain the arrest and detention of Mohammad Salar Fard-Hajian, an Iranian citizen who holds a valid U.S. visa. Fard-Hajian was arrested Thursday in Dearborn, Michigan. NIAC has confirmed with the Dearborn Police Department that he was taken into custody ...