Trita Parsi

Trita Parsi is the founder and president of the National Iranian American Council and an expert on US-Iranian relations, Iranian politics, and the balance of power in the Middle East. He is the author of Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States (Yale University Press 2007), for which he conducted more than 130 interviews with senior Israeli, Iranian and American decision-makers. Parsi studied for his doctoral thesis on Israeli-Iranian relations under Professor Francis Fukuyama at Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies. In addition to his PhD, he holds a Master's Degree in International Relations from Uppsala University and a Master's Degree in Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics. He has served as an adjunct professor of International Relations at Johns Hopkins University SAIS. He is currently an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute.

The Illusion of AIPAC’s Invincibility

Feb 19, 2014

The illusion that AIPAC is invincible has been shattered. The defeat of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) ill-advised push for new sanctions on Iran in the midst of successful negotiations is nothing short of historic. The powerful and hawkish pro-Israeli lobby's defeats are rare and seldom public. But...

A Few Thoughts on Iran's New President

Aug 05, 2013

Whether Rouhani is a dealmaker depends partly on the actions of Obama and Congress. The Ahmadinejad era has officially come to an end. Rest assure, few in Iran are mourning this occasion. But questions still remain as to whether the new president, Hassan Rouhani, can usher in a new era....

Iran's March to Naked Dictatorship?

May 28, 2013

In the next few weeks, the political trajectory of Iran for the next decade will be revealed. Trita Parsi examines the upcoming Iranian Presidential Election. The next few weeks in Iran — with the elections and the political drama around it — can prove decisive in determining whether a non-violent,...

Why Netanyahu's Afraid of Diplomacy

Apr 23, 2012

Stemming from its fears of an amending Iran-US relationship, Israel has mischaracterized the recent P5+1 talks as a failure for western interests. In reality, there are hopeful signs of progress towards a peaceful resolution of the potentially dangerous situation, says Trita Parsi.

Six Questions for Anyone Advocating Military Action Against Iran

Feb 27, 2012

Avoiding another war of choice will require a media that digs beyond agenda-driven analysis and prevents the debate from being curtailed. It will require a media that doesn't permit a question of life and death to be framed in a simplistic manner that leaves the US with a false choice...

Are We on the Brink of War With Iran?

Feb 10, 2012

An analysis of American diplomacy, or lack thereof, that has contributed to the current stalemate between the US and Iran. Only twelve minutes into his presidency, Barack Obama reached out to the Muslim world and Iran, offering America’s hand of friendship if Iran would in turn unclench its fist. Yet...

The coming Republican push on Iran

Sep 24, 2011

  Backed by Israel, it's the only foreign policy issue that unites the GOP. The rise of the Arab masses has pushed Iran out of the headlines -- for now. Even Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose theatrics rarely pass unnoticed, has lately failed to grab the attention of the U.S. media. America's...

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