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October 4, 2021

NIAC sent a letter to the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) describing the detrimental impact of sanctions on humanitarian trade with Iran from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2018. This is in response to OFAC soliciting comments on the effectiveness of its licensing procedures during this period. Current U.S. sanctions policy is failing to protect even allowable humanitarian trade and must be reformed.

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April 19, 2021

Our own President, Jamal Abdi, gives his own perspective about new developments to the Iran nuclear deal and explains what it means for the Iranian-American community.

October 4, 2021

NIAC sent a letter to the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) describing the detrimental impact of sanctions on humanitarian trade with Iran from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2018. This is in response to OFAC soliciting comments on the effectiveness of its licensing procedures during this period. Current U.S. sanctions policy is failing to protect even allowable humanitarian trade and must be reformed.

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June 25, 2020

“The Trump administration broke the international consensus around Iran that took years to build,” said Suzanne DiMaggio, senior fellow at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “I think this will go down as an epic strategic blunder during the Trump Era.” DiMaggio was speaking on NIAC’s recent panel examining current and future U.S. policy toward Iran, entitled “A Maximum Pressure Exit Strategy: Can the U.S. Save the Iran Nuclear Deal Before it’s Too Late?” Joining DiMaggio as panelists were Jamal Abdi, President of NIAC, and Joe Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares Fund. Sanam Shantyaei, Senior Journalist at France 24, led the panel as moderator. 

September 23, 2021

The sad truth is that sanctions are reflexively imposed on adversaries and competitors with little to no regard for their harsh humanitarian impacts or whether they are advancing U.S. interests. For Iran, it has long been apparent that sanctions have done little to advance U.S. interests while impoverishing ordinary citizens and depriving them of basic care. Yet, there is no institutional mechanism to examine these policies to determine their effectiveness and their broad and harmful humanitarian impacts.

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June 25, 2020

“The Trump administration broke the international consensus around Iran that took years to build,” said Suzanne DiMaggio, senior fellow at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “I think this will go down as an epic strategic blunder during the Trump Era.” DiMaggio was speaking on NIAC’s recent panel examining current and future U.S. policy toward Iran, entitled “A Maximum Pressure Exit Strategy: Can the U.S. Save the Iran Nuclear Deal Before it’s Too Late?” Joining DiMaggio as panelists were Jamal Abdi, President of NIAC, and Joe Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares Fund. Sanam Shantyaei, Senior Journalist at France 24, led the panel as moderator. 

September 29, 2021

Iran’s Foreign Minister said at the UNGA that Iran would return to the Vienna JCPOA talks soon, but did not specify a date. Meanwhile, officials say Iran is now importing American vaccines, reflecting a reversing of Khamenei’s ban from earlier this year. New economic data also shows Iran’s export increasing and Iran and the IAEA are again feuding.

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September 28, 2021

Another disturbing death under the custody of Iranian authorities has compounded the tragic case of Navid Afkari. The death of Shahin Naseri, a witness to the “medieval-style torture” of the champion wrestler Navid Afkari executed a year ago, was confirmed by Iran’s judiciary. Two days after activists reported Naseri’s death, the head of Iran’s Prisons Organization launched a probe into the case issuing a “special directive.” 

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