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Reviving Iran's Image

The common international image of Iran is that of a backward country supporting terrorism, seeking weapons of mass destruction and violating human rights. This image in turn has fueled anti-Americanism, which has provided one of the pretexts for the political and diplomatic conundrums of the Islamic Republic. However Iran is a historic nation, with rich culture and heritage while United States has been instrumental in building the modern world. This project aims to showcase the true face of the Iranian nation to the international community, including the United States.

 

The American Iranian Council will achieve this goal through:

  • Producing a series of documentaries, showcasing Iran’s heritage and people.

  • Organizing, supporting and publicizing popular events, focused on the Iranian life.

  •  Facilitating cultural and academic exchanges between Iranians and Americans.

 
If you also feel like we do that the Iranian image is tarnished and misrepresented in the international community, please support and help us change this image. If you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
 
 

 

Mapping the US-Iran Peace

The United States and Iran have been at odds for over 30 years. Currently, the state of their relations is best characterized as “neither-war, nor-peace.” A most troubling issue in the relations has been to find a feasible approach to engagement. Indeed, procedural matters, rather than substantive issues, have been at the core of the obstacles to U.S.-Iran engagement. This proposal will develop a realistic, though ambitious, alternative roadmap for constructive US-Iran engagement. Within this framework, policy makers can build the many nuts and bolts needed to move negotiations on specific problems. The approach will be acceptable to all stakeholders in the relationship as its interactive and regional approach excludes none and awards all a meaningful share of the "peace dividend.

 

The American Iranian Council will achieve this goal through:

  • Challenging coercive diplomacy as "a road to nowhere," and rejects the use-of-force approach as "a road to hell."

  • Offering a diplomatic "path to peace" based on a different vision of Iran, one founded on transparency and simultaneous engagement of the Iranian government and people.

  • Spelling out the key elements of a diplomatic path to better relations by visioning Iran as a strategic partner and by side-stepping Iran's "neither-war nor-peace" option.

  • Outlining the essentials of an interactive and region-wide "big push" forward, including its many "pre-requisites".

 
If you also feel like we do that the United States and Iran must resolve their differences and become partners again, please support and help us achieve the goal of this project. If you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us. 
 
 

 

Shielding Iranian-Americans

The US has imposed comprehensive sanctions on Iran, making economic transactions and many other forms of interactions with Iranian entities illegal for the American entities. As a result, Iranian-Americans who have families in Iran can potentially violate American laws. While other “hyphenated” American citizens freely interact and transact with their countries of origin, Iranian-Americans are not afforded the same level of rights and protections. Indeed, many Iranian-Americans are already in jail or under house arrest because of difficulties with sanctions. The project “Shielding Iranian-Americans from Sanctions” (SIAS) does not oppose or take specific position on US sanctions against Iran. It is designed to protect Iranian-Americans against these sanctions and their consequent discriminations.

 

The American Iranian Council will achieve this goal through:

  • Working with the US Government and the US Congress to find a solution to the problem.

  • Using constitutional mandates and legal channels, if needed, to challenge the application of US sanctions to the Iranian-Americans.

  • Collaborating and cooperating with Americans of any national origin and organizations that accept the basic premise of SIAS.

 
If you also feel like we do that Iranian-Amercans are vulnerable to US sanctions and must be protected from discrimination, please support and help us achieve the goal of this project. If you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us. 
 
 

 

Building an Informed Community

The United States and Iran suffer from mutual misunderstanding and mistrust. This problem largely emanates from lack of objective information and analysis as well as a barrage of misinformation fed into the relationship. Meanwhile false starts and counter-productive policies, build on obliviousness has further fueled the spiral conflict between the two nations. Under these circumstances and to reverse hostilities, there is a desperate need for dissemination of clear and accurate information and analysis. The purpose of this project is to enhance understanding and dialogue toward creating an informed community and a proactive constituency.

 

The American Iranian Council will achieve this goal through:

  • Establishing an educational television channel, called Solh (Peace) TV.

  • Disseminating objective information and analysis on US-Iran policies and affairs.

  • Airing cultural programs on American-Iranian lives.

  • Producing educational programs designed to enhance understanding and trust.

  • Offering a comprehensive entertainment programming geared towards the youth.

 
If you also feel like we do that the United States and Iran must improve mutual understanding and trust, please support and help us establish Sohl (Peace) TV. If you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.