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 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and get your copy of Believers here.
Paul Pillar: Sabotage in Iran and the CIA's New Powers
Jamal and Sina sit down with veteran CIA analyst Paul Pillar to discuss the mysterious explosions that continue to rock Iran and new revelations of authorizations granted to the Agency to wage offensive cyber operations and conduct what some say is a campaign aimed at destabilizing the country.
Paul Pillar for National Interest, "The Undeclared War With Iran"
Yahoo News, "Exclusive: Secret Trump order gives CIA more powers to launch cyberattacks"
Councilwoman Mitra Jalali on Black Lives Matter & anti-Blackness in the Iranian-American Community
Mana and Assal sat down with Saint Paul Councilwoman, organizer, and former teacher Mitra Jalali one month after the brutal killing of George Floyd at the hands of police. Mitra spoke of her own experience as a Councilwoman close to the site of Floyd's murder and protests and the responsibility of non-Black Iranian Americans to support Black Lives Matter and confront the anti-Blackness within our own community.
Follow Mitra on Twitter @mitrajunjalali and check out this helpful post on Persian terms to talk about anti-Blackness here.
NIAC Live: Juan Cole on His New Book, “The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam”
On Saturday, June 20, 2020, NIAC Chicago hosted a virtual event with Juan Cole, founder of the legendary blog Informed Comment and Professor of History at University of Michigan, to discuss his new translation of the Persian and English literary classic The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. The conversation, moderated by NIAC Chicago Chapter Captain Myriam Sabbaghi, delved into the history and significance of the Rubaiyat, the truth about the poetry attributed to Omar Khayyam, and what inspired Cole to undertake this new translation.
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam is available to purchase here or at your favorite bookstore.
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
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!!
Great conversation and perspective! I really appreciate NIAC's insight on these issues, and I am looking forward to more podcasts too.