Less than one week after President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, our latest Iran Chat is with Ian Samuel, Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. Ian previously served in the United States Department of Justice in the Office of the Solicitor General and on the appellate staff of the Civil Division. Following his government service, Ian joined the appellate litigation practice at the law firm Jones Day.
Our conversation covers the legal issues surrounding President Trump's executive order as well as Ian’s offer to personally provide legal services to any government employee who refuses to help implement this ban. You can follow Ian on Twitter at @isamuel, and subscribe to his podcast about the Supreme Court at firstmondays.fm/subscribe.
As part of AIC's goal to help remedy misconceptions about Iran and separate truth from fiction, we are pleased to announce an educational partnership with IMVBox.com in their work relating to Iranian cinema and theatre.
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With over one thousand streaming films, IMVBox.com is the largest "online cinematheque," and the only legal platform for digital content from Iran. They showcase a large selection of recent award-winning Persian-language visual material, including features, documentaries, shorts and plays.
AIC applauds IMVBox's mission to "paint a true picture" of Iran, and shares in the hope that film can "unlock the spellbinding, often misunderstood, complexities of Iran's proud culture and raise awareness about realities of life in the Middle East."
AIC President Dr. Hooshang Amirahmadi discussed the lifting of sanctions and the need for the US and Iran to improve relations, in an interview with Russia Today.
"Unfortunately, the 'honeymoon' between the US and Iran is going to end unless they move swiftly to normalize the relationship and discuss every other issue," Amirahmadi said. "The nuclear accord within the context of an abnormal relationship cannot be sustained much longer. Moreover, President Rouhani and Supreme Leader Khamenei have put all their eggs in Obama's basket, but he is only going to be around for another 11 months. The next president, whoever it is, is going to be very tough on Iran."
AIC Executive Director Emad Kiyaei was interviewed about Implementation Day, the recent release of American sailors, and the prisoner swap between the US and Iran on PBS Newshour.
"This is a major breakthrough. It's a very good day for the Iranians and for the international community," Kiyaei said. "I hope that this nuclear deal, the prisoner exchange, and the swift release of the sailors is just one step toward opening up the relationship between the two countries on issues where they see eye-to-eye.
AIC Director of Communications Kayvon Afshari discussed the visa waiver issue ("HR158") on Brooklyn's BRIC TV, a newly-launched community television station in Brooklyn. He argued that the addition of Iran in the law is both discriminatory and fails to improve national security.
He elaborated on the reason that he is personally opposed to the law.
"Sometimes people say that this law just produces a small inconvenience, and that you should just apply for a visa. However, to me it's not about the inconvenience. I'm affronted by the implication of the law." he said. "And the implication is this: that I, because I am an Iranian-American dual citizen and have traveled to Iran, just may perhaps be a terrorist."
AIC Executive Director Emad Kiyaei speaks to Al Jazeera America on Iran's inclusion in talks over resolving the Syrian crisis taking place in Vienna
AIC President Dr. Hooshang Amirahmadi spoke to Voice to America on the approaching nuclear deadline. Dr. Amirahmadi believes that a "comprehensive deal" will not be finalized, but that there will be an extension and both parties will announce progress has been made.
Dr. Amirahmadi added, "I cannot see a normalization on the nuclear dispute, while Iran and the U.S. have no normal relations.
AIC Founder Dr. Amirahmadi discusses with Russia Today the recent revelation of the virus used to spy on the P5+1 nuclear negotiations, which he believes is of Israeli origin. He says that Israel would have been especially interested in the "positions of the parties" as well as private negotiations between just the United States and Iran.
Kayvon Afshari sits down with Another Thing's Larry Mendte, to discuss the Iran nuclear negotiations, which faces staunch opposition domestically both in the U.S. and Iran. Despite harsh realities, Afshari remains optimistic that a nuclear agreement will be reached.
Originally Published on Voice of America
By Ambassador Thomas Pickering
AIC Honorary Board Member
The effort by the United States and Cuba to bridge gaps caused by more than 50 years of mutual hostility will require a heavy emphasis on relationship-building, says a former high-ranking State Department official.