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Trita Parsi
Trita Parsi is the author of Treacherous Alliance -- The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States (Yale University Press, 2007) and President of the National Iranian American Council, the largest Iranian American grassroots organization in the US. Treacherous Alliance is the recipient of the Grawemeyer 2010 Award for Improving the World Order, and the 2008 Arthur Ross Silver Medallion. He wrote his Doctoral thesis on Israeli-Iranian relations under Professor Francis Fukuyama (and Drs. Zbigniew Brzezinski, R. K. Ramazani, Jakub Grygiel, Charles Doran) at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Treacherous Alliance is the first book directly addressing Israeli-Iranian relations, and their impact on US national interest, since 1987. It is the only book based on extensive interviews with decision-makers from all three countries. Dr. Parsi has conducted more than 130 interviews with senior Israeli, Iranian and American decision-makers in all three countries. He is fluent in Persian/Farsi. Dr. Parsi has served as an adjunct professor of International Relations at Johns Hopkins University SAIS. He has followed Middle East politics for more than a decade, both through work in the field, and through extensive experience on Capitol Hill and the United Nations. Dr. Parsi's articles on Middle East affairs have been published in the Financial Times, Jane's Intelligence Review, the Nation, The Wall Street Journal, The American Conservative, the Jerusalem Post, and The Forward to name a few. He is a frequent commentator on Middle Eastern affairs and has appeared on BBC World News, PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, CNN, Al Jazeera, C-Span, NPR, MSNBC, and Democracy Now to name a few. Dr. Parsi has worked for the Swedish Permanent Mission to the UN in New York where he served in the Security Council handling the affairs of Afghanistan, Iraq, Tajikistan and Western Sahara, and the General Assembly's Third Committee addressing human rights in Iran, Afghanistan, Myanmar and Iraq. Dr. Parsi was born in Iran and grew up in Sweden. He earned a Master's Degree in International Relations at Uppsala University, a second Master's Degree in Economics at Stockholm School of Economics and a PhD in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University SAIS.
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Why Iran Won't Capitulate

(171) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 6:19 PM

Part of the reason why opponents to a nuclear deal with Iran are so bewildered by President Barack Obama's diplomacy is because their belief that Iran can be forced to capitulate. They adhere to a George W. Bush administration-era argument: If the U.S. only were to ramp up pressure, it...

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To Netanyahu, Peace Is an Existential Threat

(168) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 6:45 AM

To Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, peace between the US and Iran is an existential threat. By now, it should be clear to all: It's not an Iranian nuclear bomb he fears, but a US-Iran deal.

In a tweet earlier this morning, the Prime Minister said as...

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The Senate's Gift to ISIS: Sanctions on Iran

(23) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 12:14 PM

The Islamic State has many enemies and very few friends. But sometimes, even declared enemies of the Caliphate (or ISIS) can lend it a helping hand. That is essentially what is happening now as Senators Mark Kirk and Bob Menendez push to undermine the nuclear talks with Iran -- a...

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If It's True on Cuba, It's True on Iran

(54) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 3:28 PM

America's Cuba policy has long been an open joke in international circles. Seldom has a country pursued such a futile policy for so long while clearly recognizing its senselessness. It's probably the foremost example of how American domestic politics can take its foreign policy hostage, leaving everyone a loser.

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A Few Thoughts on Possible US-Iran Collaboration in Iraq

(17) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 12:22 PM

As Washington gets further dragged back into the mess in Iraq, opening up a new chapter of collaboration with Iran to defeat the Sunni Jihadists has once again become a political sticking point in Washington. Here are a few quick thoughts on the matter:

  • The fact that...

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Quel Iran choisirons-nous?

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 10:01 AM

L'accord intermédiaire historique entre les membres permanents du Conseil de Sécurité des Nations Unies plus l'Allemagne (P5 + 1) et l'Iran sur la crise du nucléaire n'est pas seulement une question de capacités d'enrichissement, de centrifugeuses et de capacités de nucléaire militaire. A terme, il aidera à déterminer...

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The Illusion of AIPAC's Invincibility

(94) Comments | Posted February 8, 2014 | 10:53 AM

The defeat of AIPAC's 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 in the last year, it has suffered three major public setbacks, of which the sanctions...

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Obama Warns Congress Off Iran Sanctions

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 7:22 AM

In last night's State of the Union address, the president had the opportunity to address the group of lawmakers that could very well determine whether his legacy includes a deal that resolves the nuclear crisis with Iran or whether the U.S. continues on a path toward an unnecessary and costly...

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Which Iran Will We Choose?

(30) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 12:23 PM

The historic interim agreement between the permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) and Iran over its nuclear dispute is not just about enrichment, centrifuges and breakout capabilities. Ultimately, it will help determine who and what will define Iran's foreign and domestic policies for decades to come....

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Rep. Sherman Favors More Civilian Airline Crashes in Iran

(355) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 4:15 PM

The nuclear deal that was struck between Iran, the United States and other world powers last week has elicited a lot of reactions in the policymaking world. Many have been strongly positive. Others have been downright crazy. And then, in the case of Rep. Brad Sherman...

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Enrichment Dispute Between Iran and P5+1 Getting Resolved

(28) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 11:12 AM

Much has been said about the differing views between the U.S. and Iran on the issue of the right to enrich. The Iranians see it as an inalienable sovereign right that precedes the Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The U.S. doesn't recognize such a right and believes states only can engage...

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The EU Parliament Visits Iran -- An Important Step for Diplomacy

(3) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 8:56 AM

Diplomacy is being reawakened fast. Since the Iranian people elected Hassan Rouhani in the June elections, significant openings in Iran have emerged. And its not just President Obama who has taken advantage of this unexpected turn of events -- for the first time since 2007, a delegation from the EU...

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Open Letter to Rabbi Boteach

(138) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 5:02 PM

Dear Rabbi Shmuley Boteach,

I write to call on you to categorically reject the deplorable comments made by Sheldon Adelson in which he said, at an event you convened, that the U.S. should nuke Iran. I was shocked that, instead of denouncing these comments, you...

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TED: Are Israel and Iran Destined to Enmity?

(37) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 12:03 PM

There isn't a day when the current enmity of Iran and Israel isn't grabbing global headlines. But are these countries destined to be enemies? Is a war between the two inevitable?

Not at all. Behind the surface, there is a remarkably different story -- one of friendship and collaboration even...

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A Few Thoughts on Iran's New President

(243) Comments | Posted August 3, 2013 | 4:34 PM

The Ahmadinejad era has officially come to an end. Rest assured, 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. Here are a few thoughts on the subject.

Can Rouhani deliver?

Rouhani is...

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Obama Lifts Sanctions, Iranians Win, Regime Loses

(72) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 8:58 AM

This morning, President Obama did the unthinkable. He lifted sanctions on Iran. No, we're not talking about sanctions that some say should be lifted in exchange Iranian nuclear concessions. He lifted these sanctions unilaterally. We're talking about sanctions that actually prevented ordinary...

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Iran's March to Naked Dictatorship?

(306) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 3:13 PM

The next few weeks in Iran -- with the elections and the political drama around it -- can prove decisive in determining whether a non-violent, narrow and arduous path towards democratization will remain in the medium term or whether the Middle Eastern powerhouse will turn more repressive, unfree and undemocratic...

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Iranian-American Tech Brothers Lead Charge to Reform U.S. Educational System

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 10:56 AM

Say Iranian-American and few will think social entrepreneur or political advocate. Engineer? Yes. Doctor? Certainly. Reality show star? Yes, a few. Lawyer? Definitely. But a force for political reform and change? Not quite yet. In the eyes of most Americans, Iranian Americans are not yet known as givers or as...

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3 Facts to Note in 2013 Worldwide Threat Assessment Report

(43) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 3:17 PM

Almost ten years to the day of the foolish invasion of Iraq, the discrepancy that existed between the media description of the Iraqi threat and the non-manipulated assessment of the U.S. intelligence community is being seen again -- but this time on Iran.

Iran is often described in the...

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Innocent Iranians Off the Agenda in Almaty

(44) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 7:17 AM

As a new round of talks between permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) and Iran came to a close, both sides expressed cautious optimism on the road ahead. Despite this positive momentum to start 2013, by no means was the agenda in Almaty comprehensive. Both...

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