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Latest Articles from the American Iranian Council

  • 2014-07-04 13:22

    Nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 (US, UK, France, Russia, China and Germany) are toughening as they approach the July 20 deadline for a comprehensive deal based on the Joint Plan of Action (JPA) they signed in Geneva last November. While serious disagreements remain, significant progress has been made. Iran has almost fully complied with the terms of the JPA, and the P5+1 has agreed to allow Iran to enrich uranium to fuel its research reactors in Arak and Tehran under strict conditions. What divides them is the origin of fuel needed for Iran’s nuclear energy reactors. The P5+1 wants Iran to import the fuel while Iran insists on producing it at home.

     

     

  • 2014-05-27 20:27
    by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi, Ph.D.

    Written by several policy experts from the US and Iran, this book is a must read by anyone seeking to grasp the inventory of the past and present issues between the two countries and the possibilities that exist to move beyond the long-standing stalemate toward a new chapter in relations between Tehran and Washington.  The authors do not necessarily agree with each other in their assessments of the sources of enduring hostility between US and Iran and or their extent of optimism regarding any breakthrough in the stalemated relations, yet their narratives commonly hammer the need to move these relations forward by, first and foremost, learning from the past history and avoiding the "highly counterproductive" misperceptions, such as those that reinforce Manichean enemy images of the other side.

  • 2014-04-30 18:43

    Roundtable Report

    On April 14, the American-Iranian Council (AIC) convened a roundtable luncheon on “the Need for Strategic Thinking in U.S.-Iran Relations” at Washington D.C.'s historic Willard Hotel. The aims of the roundtable were twofold: to explore why it is crucial to develop a strategic perspective on U.S.-Iran relations and what the elements of such vision might be, and to examine the ways in which engagement and interaction can be expanded and deepened between the two countries.