A Win for Diplomacy just took place

March 31, 2015


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A Win for Diplomacy just took place

As per reports originating from Lausanne and elsewhere, Iran and the P5+1 have reached an understanding for a political framework in which key areas of agreement will be noted as well as outstanding issues, which will continue to be discussed until the June 30 deadline toward a comprehensive deal. Reportedly, the negotiating parties are drafting a text that will be delivered in the coming hours. 

Given the circumstances, this is an important achievement that the American Iranian Council has pushed for both publicly and behind the scenes.

We wish to thank you and other supporters of peace for tilting the political calculation toward a peaceful outcome. While much work remains ahead of the June 30, 2015 deadline for a final deal, this is a positive step in the right direction. 

Moving forward, all parties must deliver on their commitments for the deal to be sustainable. The United States and her negotiating partners must deliver sanctions relief to Iran, while Iran must continue to comply with the monitoring and verification measures it has agreed to in order to further assure the international community that its nuclear program is purely peaceful.

Furthermore, the American Iranian Council urges both the US Congress and Iran’s revolutionaries to support the understanding that their nation’s top diplomats have reached. They should do so because a diplomatic solution to this decade-long international crisis is in the long term national interests of both the United States and Iran, as well as the rest of the region.

Finally, while the AIC has consistently supported a diplomatic solution to the nuclear issue, it has done so within the context of a broader normalization between the two countries. Removing this thorny issue would hopefully be a major step toward achieving the goal for which the AIC has led the way for 25 years: improved relations between the United States and Iran.


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Kayvon Afshari

Kayvon Afshari managed the campaign to elect Hooshang Amirahmadi as President of Iran. In this role, he directed the campaign’s event planning, publicity, online social media, web analytics, and delivered speeches. Mr. Afshari has also been working at the CBS News foreign desk for over five years. He has coordinated coverage of Iran’s 2009 post-election demonstrations, the Arab Spring, the earthquake in Haiti, and many other stories of international significance. He holds a Master in International Relations from New York University’s Department of Politics, and graduated with distinction from McGill University in 2007 with a double major in political science and Middle Eastern studies. At NYU, his research focused on quantitative analysis and the Middle East with an emphasis on US-Iran relations. In his 2012 Master’s thesis, he devised a formula to predict whether Israel would launch a pre-emptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, concluding that an overt strike would not materialize.