20 episodes

Providing an Iranian-American perspective on the current events and policies that shape U.S.-Iranian relations and affect the Iranian-American community.

Checkout the podcast on the NIAC website: https://www.niacouncil.org/tag/niacast/

NIACast National Iranian American Council (NIAC)

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    • 4.7 ‱ 28 Ratings

Providing an Iranian-American perspective on the current events and policies that shape U.S.-Iranian relations and affect the Iranian-American community.

Checkout the podcast on the NIAC website: https://www.niacouncil.org/tag/niacast/

    Sanctioning Civilians: The Human Cost of U.S. Economic Sanctions

    Sanctioning Civilians: The Human Cost of U.S. Economic Sanctions

    On May 24, 2022, NIAC hosted a virtual panel to explore the human impact of broad sanctions and hear from diaspora community organizations about the effects on the ground in Cuba, Venezuela, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Iran. The panel featured Arash Azizzada from Afghans For A Better Tomorrow, Dr. Aisha Jumaan from Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation, Dr. Francisco Rodriguez from Oil for Venezuela, Ricardo Herrero of the Cuba Study Group, NIAC Research Director Dr. Assal Rad, and moderator Daniel Jasper of American Friends Services Committee.

    Read our letter to the Biden Administration from sanctioned communities here.

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Othering Iran: How Dehumanization of Iranians Undermines Rights at Home

    Othering Iran: How Dehumanization of Iranians Undermines Rights at Home

    NIAC hosted a panel discussion with Neda Maghbouleh (author of The Limits of Whiteness, John Ghazvinian (author of America and Iran: a History, 1720 to the Present), racial justice advocate Niaz Kasravi, NIAC Research Director Assal Rad and moderator Yara Elmjouie to discuss how negative stereotypes of Iran and Iranians help drive harmful U.S. policies that undermine human and civil rights at home and abroad. 

    Read the NIAC report by Dr. Rad: Othering Iran: How Dehumanization of Iranians Undermines Rights at Home

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Deal or Deadlock: Why are the Iran nuclear talks stuck?

    Deal or Deadlock: Why are the Iran nuclear talks stuck?

    On May 10, 2022, NIAC hosted Ellie Geranmayeh of the European Council on Foreign Relations, Kelsey Davenport of the Arms Control Association, and sanctions attorney Tyler Cullis for a live discussion on the state of the Iran nuclear negotiations moderated by NIAC's Jamal Abdi. The panel discussed  the Trump-era sanctions that are holding up the nuclear agreement, the imminent proliferation risks if there is no deal, and how politics may be preventing Biden from reaching the finish line.

    More information is available here.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    NIACast Episode #14 – John Ghazvinian’s New Book, "America and Iran: A History 1720 to the Present”

    NIACast Episode #14 – John Ghazvinian’s New Book, "America and Iran: A History 1720 to the Present”

    Assal, Sina, and Mana sat down with Professor John Ghazvinian, director of the University of Pennsylvania's Middle East Center, to discuss his new book: America and Iran: A History 1720 to the Present. Ghazvinian's study presents a history that is often overlooked, which goes beyond the historical grievances of the U.S. and Iran. You can follow John on Twitter @JohnGhazvinian.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Anna Eskamani, David Emami, and Dr. Nazita Lajevardi talk Iranian-American Civic Life

    Anna Eskamani, David Emami, and Dr. Nazita Lajevardi talk Iranian-American Civic Life

    Mana sits down with Rep Anna Eskamani, Happy Valley Councilor David Emami, and Dr. Nazita Lajevardi to talk Iranian-American civic life, political engagement, barriers to participation, and more!

    Representative Anna Eskamani is an Orlando native, the Florida House of Representative from the 47th district in Orange County, and the first ever Iranian American to be elected to the Florida legislature. She tweets @AnnaForFlorida

    Happy Valley Councilor David Emami is a life-long Oregonian who in March 2019 became the first ever Iranian-American to serve on a city council in Oregon. He tweets @David Emami.

    Dr. Nazita Lajevardi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University and her work focuses mainly on issues related to race and ethnic politics, political behavior, voting rights, and immigration. She tweets @NazitaLajevardi.

    • 53 min
    Ambassador John Limbert's New Novel, "Believers: Love and Death in Tehran"

    Ambassador John Limbert's New Novel, "Believers: Love and Death in Tehran"

    Assal and Mana sat down with NIAC Advisory Board Member Ambassador John Limbert to discuss his new novel with co-author Ambassador Marc Grossman, Believers: Love and Death in Tehran. Though a tale of fiction, Limbert brings his knowledge of Iran's history, language, and culture, as well as his own experience as one of 52 American hostages held by Iranian students in 1979, to this engrossing spy novel set in Iran at the outset of the U.S. embassy seizure. Share your comments with Ambassador Limbert at podcast@niacouncil.org and get your copy of Believers here.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

kgowhari ,

Informative and insightful

Thank you for producing this podcast, especially this last episode on Iranian Doctor being detained by ICE. The last part of the discussion about our role and responsibility about other communities who have been impacted by US policies in sanctions and travel ban was particularly important. Thanks again for the great work

Uri@4 ,

Come back😭

I know and appreciate how much time and research has to go into every episode because I know y’all would deliver quality material but I just discovered this gem and really wish we could revive it!!

Sarah (MI) ,

great podcast!

Great conversation and perspective! I really appreciate NIAC's insight on these issues, and I am looking forward to more podcasts too.

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