In this radio interview, AIC Executive Director Emad Kiyaei discusses a variety of issues relating to the recent nuclear deal with Iran, including the role of the US Congress, recent comments about Iran made by Hillary Clinton, and how former President Ahmadinejad made reaching a deal nearly impossible. Kiyaei says, "We hope that the nuclear breakthrough, this deal, once implemented will build a much better trust between all the parties involved, the P5+1 which are the world powers and Germany, with Iran and we hope that when we move forward with this, Iran and the United States can bring an end to their years of animosity, mistrust that has been plaguing their relations for many years."Read More
In an article with Breaking Israel News, AIC Founder and President Dr. Hooshang Amirahmadi discusses some of the misunderstandings surrounding the money that Iran will receive under the sanctions relief agreed to in the recent nuclear deal. He points out that the money freed by sanctions relief will only gradually be released by the Iranian government, and that it will not be used exclusively for military purposes. He says, "Most likely, the military will get most of [this money]. In the Iranian budget as we speak, about 34 percent of it goes to the Revolutionary Guards and others in the military. And then the rest will go to social programs, economic programs, and so on… As we speak, [Iranian] public employees have not been paid for a long time, so the Iranian government owes the people a lot of money.”Read More
UN Security Council endorses Iran nuclear deal
The UN Security Council has unanimously endorsed the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers agreed last week.
The resolution, co-sponsored by all 15 members, authorizes the lifting of sanctions in return for Iran curbing sensitive nuclear activities. But it also provides a mechanism for UN sanctions to "snap back" if Iran fails to comply with its obligations. No further action is required for 90 days, to give the US Congress time to consider whether to give its approval.
President Barack Obama said he hoped the resolution would "send a clear message" to critics that the "overwhelming number of countries" recognised diplomacy was "by far our strongest approach to ensuring that Iran does not get a nuclear weapon". (BBC)Read More
In a recent letter written by The Iran Project, more than 100 former ambassadors have signed their names in support of the nuclear deal with Iran. Among those in support of the deal are AIC Advisory Council Member Bruce Laingen, AIC Honorary Board Members Thomas Pickering and Robert Pelletreau, and AIC Board Members Richard Murphy and Charles Freeman. Click "read more" below to see the letter and the full list of signatories.Read More
AIC's General Counsel, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, published an important analysis of sanctions relief following the recently-signed nuclear accord.
On July 14, 2015, the “P5+1” countries (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia, and Germany, also referred to as the “the E3/EU+3”) announced an agreement to curtail significantly Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for providing phased economic sanctions relief. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) creates a framework, subject to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) monitoring, under which Iran will cease certain non-compliant nuclear activities and develop its civil nuclear energy program over a period of 15 years. See Annex I, Annex II (with attachments), Annex III, Annex IV, and Annex V to the JCPOA. See also our previous international law advisories regarding Iran sanctionsRead More
On his final appearance with The Daily Show, President Obama sat down with Jon Stewart to discuss a variety of issues relating to his time in office. At about 3:35 in the video, Obama brings up the recent nuclear deal with Iran, saying how the agreement not only has international backing, but will block Iran's pathways to obtaining a nuclear weapon.Read More
AIC Executive Director Emad Kiyaei recently spoke with BBC radio, sharing his thoughts on last week's nuclear agreement with Iran. He discusses the impact of sanctions relief on Iran, and points out that Iran is looking to rejoin the global market as the various sanctions on it are lifted. Kiyaei also stresses that the nuclear deal is positive for the parties involved, saying, "The most important realization following this deal is that it's a win-win from both sides. The P5+1 had to make concessions and so did the Iranians, but at the end of the day, as President Obama early on today has mentioned, all the pathways to a nuclear weapon will be closed to the Iranians...everything from A to Z of Iran's nuclear program will come under some term of monitor."Read More
AIC Founder and President Dr. Hooshang Amirahmadi recently shared his thoughts with Voice of America on the politics of the completed nuclear deal with Iran. In describing what President Obama could have done better with reaching a deal, Dr. Amirahmadi pointed out, "I think Mr. Obama really put the wrong binary alternative. He basically said either this deal or war. I think that's where his problem comes. I don't understand why if this deal was not to be signed there will be a war. He has to explain that. He has to explain why in the absence of this deal there will be war."Read More
In this interview with PressTV, AIC Executive Director Emad Kiyaei discusses the recently completed nuclear deal with Iran and its implications for US-Iran relations, as well as the broader Middle East. When asked about the demonization of Iran by the United States, Kiyaei says, "Since the 1979 revolution in Iran, the propaganda against Iran has been quite heavy. When the American Iranian Council started 25 years ago, it was not fashionable to be in US-Iran rapprochement and many people threatened us on a daily basis because we were trying to bring a diplomatic resolution to the animosity between the two countries."Read More
In this interview with Al Jazeera America, Iranian-American journalist Negar Mortazavi and AIC Research Associate Arastoo Taslim discuss the recently completed nuclear deal with Iran. When asked about the difference between the older and younger generation in Iran, Taslim points out, "I think the mindset of the younger generation now is one that's amenable to having better relations with the West. I think that many of the things, many of the aspects of Iranian and American relations that have caused mistrust between the two nations are not as much at the fore of the younger generation now. I think they're definitely primed for better relations with America and I think now is a perfect opportunity to capitalize."Read More
In Iran deal, the whole world wins
Historic deals are not achieved every day, but Iran has clinched a deal with its negotiators in the face of outright fear mongering and pessimism. Both parties have ended up with a deal which is beneficial for them, unlike what we have experienced in the Greek saga. Perhaps US Secretary of State John Kerry should have handled the negotiations there, rather than German Chancellor Angela Merkel!
World powers have curbed Iran's ability to produce a nuclear weapon. This is not only in the interest of more stable Middle East, but it also paves the way for more economic growth around the world.
We believe that the Iranian nuclear deal is welcome news for many emerging and frontier markets. The deal is driving optimism across Turkey, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Pakistan and India. (CNBC)Read More
Originally Published in JNS.org
By Alina Dain Sharon and Sean Savage
Speaking on the issue of releasing Iranian frozen assets, Dr. Hooshang Amirahmadi, a professor of planning and public policy at New Jersey-based Rutgers University and a candidate in Iran’s 2013 presidential race, said that “most people misunderstand, or don’t want to acknowledge, that the [sanctions relief] money they are talking about is Iran’s money. This is not a gift. This is Iran’s money held in [foreign] banks.”
Another misunderstanding, Amirahmadi told JNS.org, is the concept “that there’s a check that tomorrow that will be returned to Iran for $100 or $150 billion to the Iranian government, and the Iranian government will take it, put in a bank account and start writing checks” to terror groups. In reality, he said, the money will be gradually released and allocated toward a budget.Read More
In this interview with HuffPost Live, AIC Executive Director Emad Kiyaei speaks about the regional implications of the recently completed nuclear deal with Iran. When asked about the alarmed reactions to the agreement from some countries, especially Saudi Arabia and Israel, Kiyaei says, "...The nuclear negotiations is just one part of a much bigger puzzle in terms of Iran's role not just in the region but also opening up to the international community. Yes, there is some concern from these countries...if there is a move towards US-Iran rapprochement or Iran opening up to the international community [it] will be at the expense of their strategic relationship with the United States." However, Kiyaei later points out that if Iran is kept "in the shadows and isolated" from the problems of the Middle East, there will not be a "comprehensive, sustainable resolution" to the conflicts within the region.Read More
AIC Executive Director Emad Kiyaei discusses with Al Jazeera America the press conference that President Obama held concerning the completed nuclear deal with Iran. When asked whether or not the deal will lead to greater US engagement with Iran, Kiyaei points out that the president seems to recognize that Iran has influence in the Middle East that might intersect with American interests. He says, "President Obama had a very interesting word in his statement. He said that while this is very focused on the nuclear front, on the nuclear file, moving forward, there are many topics and areas of common interest and concern that US and Iran have..."Read More
In this brief interview with Al Jazeera America, AIC Executive Director Emad Kiyaei is asked about the human rights situation in Iran, and expresses his hope that the nuclear agreement will eventually change the behavior of Iran's government. He says, "It has to become a more responsible state. And I hope that throughout, as we see how the sanctions are removed and Iran opens up its economy, its society, it will trickle down to at least influence the policymakers in Iran to address these other issues. It becomes the opportunity cost for the Iranian government, it just becomes higher when you have an economy which is interconnected with the world..."Read More
Interview with AIC Founder and President Dr. Hooshang Amirahmadi
By Adam Uzialko
"With the Iran Nuclear Deal all but done, President Barack Obama now just has to convince Congress and in the American people to sign off. To gain some perspective, I wanted to talk to a man who knew what he was talking about when it came to relations between Iran and the United States of America. Luckily for me, I was able to speak with Dr. Hooshang Amirahmadi. A man who was once the solitary thread connecting the U.S. and the Islamic Republic of Iran."Read More
In this interview with Al Jazeera America, AIC Executive Director Emad Kiyaei provides his thoughts on the nuclear deal with Iran. When asked if he was optimistic that Iran does not want a nuclear bomb, Kiyaei points out, "If there was a smoking gun that Iran wants a nuclear weapon, we would have had it in the past 12 years in all of these negotiations [that] have been going on. The fact that after so many years, there hasn't been a viable indication Iran is seeking nuclear weapons indicates that Iran is actually trying to make sure that it can build trust with the world..." He later emphasizes how stringent the nuclear agreement's terms are, and how difficult it would be for Iran to divert material to build a nuclear weapon.Read More
The P5+1 and the Islamic Republic of Iran welcome this historic Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which will ensure that Iran’s nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful, and mark a fundamental shift in their approach to this issue. World powers and Iran anticipate that full implementation of this JCPOA will positively contribute to regional and international peace and security. Iran reaffirms that under no circumstances will it ever seek, develop or acquire any nuclear weapons.Read More
In this interview with Al Jazeera America, AIC Founder and President Dr. Hooshang Amirahmadi discusses how sanctions are not in fact causing the most economic difficulty for Iranians. Rather, he believes that the mismanagement of the economy by the government has been the main cause, and he explains how the private sector in Iran is undeveloped. He says of Iran's former president, "Ahmadinejad was a populist coming from the working class background. He was very populist and the one trying to put money in the streets and give to the ordinary people."Read More
In an article from the International Business Times, AIC Founder and President Dr. Hooshang Amirahmadi is quoted on the subject of how sanctions relief will affect business opportunities in Iran. He says, “Americans are sanctioning themselves. This is a good start, but we must immediately improve with the broader relationship between the U.S. and Iran, otherwise it will impact this deal and perhaps create more problems.” He later adds that because Iran has made few investments in its infrastructure over the decades, there are significant investment opportunities in sectors such as agriculture, energy, and construction.Read More