War & Diplomacy

  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Has the U.K. Outsourced its Iran Policy to Trump? May 5, 2017
    Reza MarashiReza Marashi
    Former government officials don’t often produce reports that call for revolutionizing failed foreign policies. But that’s exactly what’s happened in Britain. The Lords International Relations Select Committee – consisting of former cabinet ministers, senior foreign policy advisers, and diplomats – concluded that the UK government should not rely too heavily ...
  • Much Ado About Nothing: Politico’s Iran Deal Investigation Debunked May 1, 2017
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    It is a sign of the times that when we need to march in defense of facts, of women deserving equal rights, and of science not being a Chinese conspiracy, we also have to defend something as self-evident as the undeniable value of the nuclear deal with Iran from 2015. ...