Issues

  • This is the plan November 29, 2016
    Elham KhatamiElham Khatami
    NIAC LogoIt’s been a difficult past few weeks. Like most of you, I’ve spent many hours processing the election. I’ve laid awake some nights wondering what a Trump presidency means for our community. And I have heard from countless NIAC members who share the same concerns. Many of you are worried ...
  • Trump CIA Pick Hyped Facts On Iran, Downplayed Costs Of War November 24, 2016
    Ryan CostelloRyan Costello
    congress-benghazi2-1Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), President-elect Trump’s nominee for Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, has earned a reputation in Washington as a hawkish, partisan fighter unafraid to express his views. Given Trump’s lack of experience on foreign policy, both he and the President-elect’s other key national security advisors could go ...
  • NIAC Panel Explores Iran Policy Under Trump Administration November 21, 2016
    Christian Jepsen
    Potus-report-imageThe incoming Trump administration must double down on Iran diplomacy to resolve remaining tensions in the region, not discard the nuclear deal, according to a new report released by NIAC. “The overarching theme of US policy in this part of the world for several decades now is premised on ...
  • House Votes on Two Iran Bills After Trump Election November 18, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Congress1-700x426Washington, DC – In its first week in session following the election of Donald Trump, the House of Representatives passed two bills that further stoked anxieties about the U.S. commitment to upholding the Iran nuclear deal, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
  • Trump Should Build on Iran Deal — Not Rip it Up November 17, 2016
    Reza MarashiReza MarashiTrita ParsiTrita Parsi
    screen-shot-2016-11-17-at-11-45-35-amAs Donald Trump prepares to enter the White House, he will be the latest in a long line of Presidents to inherit Middle East security challenges.
  • Maximizing the Opening with Iran: How President Trump Can Secure American Interests in the Middle East November 15, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-4-23-31-pmIt lies in the interest of the United States to build on the Iran nuclear deal to resolve remaining tensions with Iran and help stabilize the Middle East, argues a new report signed by 76 national security experts and published by the National Iranian American Council.
  • Trump Hasn’t Mastered the Art of Killing the Iran Deal November 11, 2016
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    President-Elect TrumpAmerica has never known so little about a president-elect. After Trump ran a campaign almost completely void of substance, speculation about his positions regarding key national security issues is doomed to be based on nothing more than slogans and tweets.
  • NIAC Statement on Trump Election; We Will Emerge Stronger November 9, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-3-57-30-pmFew expected the results of last night’s election. But in this time of great uncertainty we are confident about one thing: we as a community will emerge from the coming period stronger and more unified than ever before. This election was proof that we cannot take anything for granted. The risk ...
  • Why is Washington Stalling on Iran Sanctions Relief? November 2, 2016
    Reza MarashiReza Marashi
    SWITZERLAND-IRAN-US-NUCLEARAt the second Iranian Trade conference in London, the UK trade envoy to Tehran made a seemingly innocuous remark that should raise eyebrows. Lord Lamont said Iran has been extremely patient and statesman-like under the Iran nuclear deal regarding the process of easing sanctions. This does not jibe with the ...
  • NIAC Strongly Condemns Sentencing of Siamak and Baquer Namazi, Urges Their Release October 18, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    baqer-and-siamak-namaziWashington, D.C. – NIAC President Trita Parsi released released the following statement after Siamak and Baquer Namazi were reportedly sentenced to ten-year terms in prison: “The sentencing of Siamak and Baquer Namazi to ten-year prison terms is a gross injustice that should deeply embarrass the Iranian government. ...
  • NIAC Welcomes European Parliament’s Report on Diplomatic Engagement of Iran October 17, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    european-parliamentWashington, DC – The National Iranian American Council released the following statement on the report from the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs on EU strategy toward Iran in the wake of the nuclear deal: “The successful nuclear negotiations with Iran were a game changer and Europe is poised to make ...
  • Treasury Department’s FAQ Update Will Not Resolve Iran Sanctions Complications October 10, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    ofac-treasury-623x420Washington, DC – The United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) updated its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) regarding the lifting of sanctions under the nuclear accord with Iran this week. The revised FAQs are a simple restatement and clarification of existing U.S. sanctions laws ...
  • More Obama or Back to Bush? Experts Consider Next Administration’s Iran Policy October 4, 2016
    Roya Pourmand
    MoreObamaOrBackWashington, DC – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif viewed the nuclear negotiations and subsequent agreement “as a foundation to build on,” said Suzanne DiMaggio, Director & Senior Fellow at New American Foundation. “But they’re afraid that it is turning into a ceiling.”
  • 2016 Leadership Conference Remarks by Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes October 4, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-1-24-49-pmRemarks by Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes Annual Conference of the National Iranian American Council Washington DC September 25, 2016 niacouncil.org
  • Philip Gordon Previews Potential Clinton Presidency at NIAC Reception October 4, 2016
    Christian Jepsen
    screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-1-41-14-pmWashington, DC – According to Philip Gordon, former senior advisor to President Obama and current advisor to the Clinton campaign, Iran remains a major challenge to the United States, yet there are opportunities for more constructive relations following the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Gordon spoke at NIAC’s 2016 ...