Issues

  • NIAC Protests Google’s Use of Divisive Terms for the Persian Gulf February 7, 2008
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC has protested Google’s inclusion of the politically divisive term “Arabian Gulf” on its application Google Earth. Historically, the usage of this term for the Persian Gulf has been led by pan-Arab figures such as Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser and Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to rally the Arab masses ...
  • NIAC Memo: On the Hazards of Over-Interpreting Iranian Politics January 28, 2008
    Farideh FarhiFarideh Farhi
    The relationship between Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, and various presidents of Iran has always been a fascinating topic particularly for those looking into Iran from the outside.
  • Questions Remain about Iran Democracy Fund January 23, 2008
    Emily BloutEmily Blout
    In a controversial move last month, Congress appropriated $60 million for a package of State Department programs designed to “promote democracy, human rights, and the rule of law in Iran,” in part, by funding the activities of Iranian dissident groups.
  • NIAC Memo: How to Prevent War at the Strait of Hormuz? January 17, 2008
    R. K. Ramazani
    The recent naval encounter between the US and Iran extended their cold war for the first time to the strategic Strait of Hormuz. Such incidents could escalate into armed conflict, with catastrophic consequences for the world economy, especially the price of oil.
  • NIAC Memo: Will Naval Incident Undermine Bush’s Iran Message? January 9, 2008
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    It is by now almost routine. With recurring frequency, U.S. leaders tour the Middle East depicting Iran as the region’s greatest threat. As such, President George W. Bush’s visit to the Middle East this week has historic precedent.
  • NIAC Memo: Iran’s “Unduly Provocative” Act against the US Navy? January 8, 2008
    Farideh FarhiFarideh Farhi
    Unduly provocative” was the term used by Vice Admiral Kevin J. Cosgriff, who commands U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, to characterize the incident that just took place between the Islamic Revolution’s Guard Corps and the US Navy.
  • NIAC memo: Breaking Israel’s Strategic Paralysis on Iran December 31, 2007
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    Israel is in state of strategic paralysis. Its longstanding policy on Iran – depict Tehran as a global threat, pressure Washington to prevent Iran from going nuclear, and evade an American-Iranian dialogue – has been dealt a severe blow by the recently released National Intelligence Estimate.
  • NIAC Memo: Iran in the Shadow of Annapolis December 12, 2007
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    In light of the National Intelligence Estimate on Iran released last week, the Bush administration’s choice to exclude Iran from the Annapolis meeting in late November looks all the more foolhardy.
  • NIAC Memo: US – Iran Dialogue Key to Regional Stability? December 12, 2007
    Farideh FarhiFarideh Farhi
    One day after he identified Iran as a grave threat to regional security even without nuclear weapons, Defense Secretary Robert Gates received a friendly advice from one of Washington’s key allies in the region
  • NIAC Memo: Is the Iran NIE a Blessing in Disguise for Israel? December 7, 2007
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    The U.S. National Intelligence Estimate’s assertion that Iran currently does not have a nuclear weapons program has caused much frustration in Israel.
  • NIAC Memo: Can the NIE Evade the Risk for War? December 5, 2007
    Farideh FarhiFarideh Farhi
    The conclusions of the 2007 NIE should undermine any legitimacy the idea of military action has had in the United States and be seen as part and parcel of the debate that has been going on the in the United States between promoters of coercive diplomacy and military action.
  • NIAC Memo: An Inconvenient Reality: Sunnis Remain Source of Most Foreign Fighters in Iraq November 30, 2007
    Bahram Rajaee
    The Bush Administration continues to ignore the realities of the Iraq insurgency’s makeup in its bid to pressure Iran.
  • NIAC Memo: U.S. Sanctions on Iran: Will They Work? November 23, 2007
    R. K. Ramazani
    The Bush administration’s latest unilateral sanctions on Iran are likely to fail. The debate over whether or not these sanctions will work has so far focused on economic considerations. Psychological and political factors, however, are more important.
  • NIAC Memo: Seven Myths about Iran November 15, 2007
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    The ill-informed foreign policy debate on Iran contributes to a paradigm of enmity between the United States and Iran, which limits the foreign policy options of future US administrations to various forms of confrontation while excluding more constructive approaches.
  • NIAC Memo: Factionalism and Iran’s Ruling Elite: Reality or Illusion? November 14, 2007
    Bahram Rajaee
    It behooves U.S. policy makers to take note of factional struggles in Tehran when developing effective policies that protect U.S. interests and advance U.S. goals, particularly when seeking to alter Tehran’s behavior.