Issues

  • 4th Circuit Issues Biggest Blow Yet to Trump’s Muslim Ban May 25, 2017
    Ryan CostelloRyan Costello
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Shayan Modarres Phone: 202 386-6325 Email: smodarres@niacouncil.org Washington, D.C.  –– The National Iranian American Council issued the following statement in response to the decision today by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the lower court nationwide freeze of President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban: “The National Iranian American ...
  • NIAC Statement on Secretary Kerry’s Sanctions Warning May 24, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Washington, DC – The National Iranian American Council issued the following statement in response to former Secretary of State John Kerry’s warning to his former Senate Foreign Relations Committee colleagues against proceeding with S. 722, new Iran sanctions legislation scheduled for a mark-up tomorrow morning that would violate the Iran ...
  • Trump in the Middle East: From ‘America First’ to Saudi and Israel First May 24, 2017
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    President Donald Trump’s visit to the Middle East has turned out as expected: no single act of outreach to the Muslim world could undo his fueling of Islamophobia and no amount of Iranophobia could cover up the irony of Trump and Saudi Arabia uniting against intolerance.
  • With Rouhani, Iran Has Extended Its Hand. Now The World Needs To Unclench Its Fist. May 24, 2017
    Reza MarashiReza Marashi
    In a region rife with wars, occupation and a distinct lack of democratic freedoms, Iranian voters overwhelmingly re-elected pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani to a second four-year term. They did so knowing that fulfilling their long-standing political, economic and social aspirations will be a marathon, not a sprint. To that end, ...
  • NIAC Responds to President Rouhani’s Reelection, Calls on Trump to Choose Diplomacy May 20, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    The Iranian people have delivered a decisive victory for President Hassan Rouhani.
  • MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Experts Available to Discuss Iranian Elections & Trump’s Visit to Saudi Arabia May 18, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Experts from the National Iranian American Council are available to discuss tomorrow’s May 19th Iranian elections and their results, as well as Trump’s first trip abroad as President to Saudi Arabia which coincides with the elections. The next week will be vital to determining the future of U.S. policy toward ...
  • What Future Will Iran Choose? May 17, 2017
    Reza MarashiReza Marashi
    As Iranians head to the polls to vote in their presidential elections on Friday, much attention has rightly focused on the choice they will make. The incumbent Hassan Rouhani, and his hefty coalition of reformists and pragmatists, are trying to fend off a hardline conservative ticket headed by judiciary stalwart ...
  • NIAC Responds to President Trump’s Renewal of Sanction Waivers for Iran May 17, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council, issued the following statement following the President’s renewal of sanctions waivers pursuant to U.S. obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA): “We welcome President Trump’s decision to adhere to the obligations of the U.S. under the JCPOA and waive nuclear-related ...
  • Will Congressional Democrats Give Trump Cover to Kill the Iran Deal? May 16, 2017
    Tyler CullisTyler Cullis
    Donald Trump and his administration are on a roll – threatening historical allies, undermining major international accords, and risking nuclear war. So it is strange to watch leading Congressional Democrats prepare to hand over to President Trump new authorities to undo the Iran nuclear accord – a historic agreement that ...
  • Trump’s Muslim Ban Back on Trial in the Ninth Circuit Today May 16, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Earlier today, a three-judge panel appointed by former President Bill Clinton heard oral arguments in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as they consider whether to uphold a lower court decision from Hawaii placing a nationwide freeze on the Muslim ban. For the second time in the ...
  • Will Trump and Netanyahu Continue to Misread Iran? May 15, 2017
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    Iran will top the agenda when President Donald Trump visits Israel in a week. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will likely use it to celebrate America’s apparent shift against the Iran nuclear deal and further diplomacy with Iran. Yet the deal that the Israeli Prime Minister argues has bolstered Iran would not ...
  • Iran’s 2017 Presidential Election: What to Watch For May 15, 2017
    Reza MarashiReza Marashi
    Introduction As Iran’s presidential campaign heads into the homestretch before Election Day on May 19, most attention is focused on the candidates. Will the incumbent Hassan Rouhani win a second term? Or will his conservative challenger – Ebrahim Raisi – make him the Islamic Republic’s first one-term president? However, trying to ...
  • The Kingmaker in Iran’s Presidential Election May 15, 2017
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    With Iran’s presidential elections days away, pundits and decision-makers alike have been following Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s every move and remark in search of clues over which candidate he favors. The implicit assumption is that the elections are ultimately decided by one vote only—that of Ayatollah Khamenei. In reality, the ...
  • BREAKING: US District Court Judge “Inclined to Agree” That Muslim Ban Unconstitutional May 11, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC Says Stayed Decision is Strong Line of Defense in Case Courts Overturn Injunction on President Trump’s Muslim Ban WASHINGTON, DC — Earlier today, Judge Tanya Sue Chutkan a judge at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued an order staying the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) motion ...
  • The Fight Over Trump’s Muslim Ban Is A Fight Over America’s Identity May 10, 2017
    Shayan ModarresShayan Modarres
    To be clear, this fight in court over Donald Trump’s Muslim ban is not an ordinary disagreement over immigration policy ― racism and discrimination are on trial, and concerned Americans are fighting back against efforts to make these the official policies of the United States. The intent behind the Muslim ...