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Trita Parsi is the 2010 recipient of the $200,000 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. He is an award-wining author of two books, Treacherous Alliance - The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran and the US (Yale University Press, 2007) and A Single Roll of the Dice - Obama's Diplomacy with Iran (Yale University Press, 2012). Treacherous Alliance won the Grawemeyer award and Council of Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Award in 2008 (Silver medallion). A Single Roll of the Dice was selected as The Best Book on The Middle East in 2012 by Foreign Affairs. Dr. Parsi is the President of the largest Iranian-American grassroots organization in the US, the National Iranian American Council and has taught at Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University. He currently teaches at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington DC.
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Open Letter: Let Rumi Be Played By A Middle Easterner!

(130) Comments | Posted June 23, 2016 | 10:47 AM

Dear David Franzoni and Stephen Joel Brown,

I think we speak for the entire Iranian-American community in applauding you for filming a biopic of beloved 13th century Persian poet Rumi. For most Persian speakers, Rumi is sacred. His beautiful poems of joy and love are deeply ingrained in Persian culture....

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How Clinton Can Woo Back Iranian Americans

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 2:46 PM

Let the wooing begin. After her latest primary win, Secretary Hillary Clinton has shifted her focus to the general election. And with that comes the task of uniting the party and wooing the Bernie Sanders supporters to her side. It won't be easy - her pro-interventionist track record or Goldman...

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Quick Thoughts on the Iranian Elections

(7) Comments | Posted February 28, 2016 | 4:50 PM

A few quick thoughts on the initial results in the Iranian elections

· The stunning setback of the hardliners in the elections is precisely why they opposed the Iran nuclear deal. They knew that if successful, the Rouhani faction would benefit electorally from the significant achievement of resolving the nuclear...

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3 Steps to Ensure U.S.-Iran Dialogue Continues Under Future Administrations

(19) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 8:21 AM

Doubting the power of diplomacy is like doubting climate change at this point. Despite the skepticism Barack Obama faced in the 2008 elections for his willingness to talk to adversaries -- including accusations of naiveté from Democratic and Republican rivals alike, Obama's diplomacy has now both prevented a disastrous war...

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The Privilege Saudi Arabia Enjoyed Under U.S.-Led Order in the Mideast Is Over

(134) Comments | Posted January 8, 2016 | 12:01 PM

At his first press conference after getting elected, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani singled out Saudi Arabia as the country his government would try particularly hard to build friendly relations with. He even referred to Saudis as Iran's "brothers."

Things didn't turn out quite as Rouhani had...

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Will Congress Use Trump's Racist Rhetoric to Create Second Class Americans?

(91) Comments | Posted December 8, 2015 | 7:23 AM

If you thought Donald Trump's divisive, bigoted and blatantly racist rhetoric was just a reflection of the silliness we always face during primary campaigns, think again. This bigotry is not only dominating the news cycle and winning Trump Republican primary votes. It's directly trickling into to new legislation...

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How Pope Francis US Visit Can Help Boost Diplomacy and Defeat Militarism

(7) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 4:28 PM

Pope Francis's visit to Washington DC could not have been better timed for the Obama administration. Relations with Cuba have been normalized and the Iran nuclear deal has survived the theatrics of the mandated Congressional review. Pope Francis has of course played an important role in many of these wins...

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Obama's Real Achievement With the Iran Deal

(127) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 9:00 AM

One cannot help but feel sorry for President Barack Obama. After twenty months of painstaking negotiations with Iran and America's coalition partners, hours of hearings on Capitol Hill, countless closed briefings for lawmakers, and scores of articles and opinion pieces about the nuclear deal, few if any have taken note...

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Iranian Human Rights Defenders Coming Out Massively in Support of the Iran Deal

(72) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 11:59 AM

The Obama administration is clearly winning the battle over the Iran deal. Momentum is so strong in its favor that Obama may even be able to prevent a resolution rejecting the deal from coming to a vote in the Senate. Indeed, despite spending $20-40million on ads disparaging the deal, the...

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Iranian Americans Firmly Support the Iran Nuclear Deal

(39) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 3:47 PM

The nuclear deal with Iran has brought to the surface -- perhaps even caused -- divisions within the Democratic Party and the Jewish American community. While most polls show that American Jews strongly support the nuclear deal, organized Jewish groups are more divided with AIPAC and J Street on the...

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P5+1 and Iran Have Settled Framework for Sanctions Relief Timing, Says Iranian Sources

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2015 | 6:28 AM

Contrary to public posturing on the timing and pace of sanctions relief, a framework for handling this critical matter of the nuclear deal has been resolved, according to Iranian sources.

Iranian officials have on numerous occasions insisted that sanctions relief must come immediately upon the signing of an agreement....

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The Iran Talks Game Changer: An Israeli-Hezbollah War?

(530) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 11:35 AM

There are signs Israel may be at war again this summer. This time, not with Hamas in Gaza but with Hezbollah in Lebanon. Such a war may be the result not only of spillover from the Syrian war or ongoing Israeli-Hezbollah tensions. The deciding factor may be an Israeli calculation...

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The Summer of War or Peace With Iran

(78) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 12:14 PM

This summer, the US Senate will choose between war and peace with Iran. If the right decision is made, Obama's pending nuclear deal with Iran will be sustained and both a war and an Iranian nuclear bomb will be avoided. If the wrong vote is cast, diplomacy will collapse and...

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Accord sur le nucléaire ou pas, l'avenir du Moyen-Orient s'annonce sombre

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 10:13 PM

Ce billet fait partie d'une série de blogues célébrant les 10 ans du HuffPost, série pour laquelle nous avons invité des experts à réfléchir sur la prochaine décennie dans leurs domaines respectifs. Pour découvrir leurs blogues, visitez notre section Le monde en 2025.


L'accord entre les...

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Accordo sul nucleare o no, il Medio Oriente va incontro ad anni bui

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 10:37 AM

L'impatto a livello regionale di un accordo fra le potenze mondiali e l'Iran sul programma nucleare di Teheran sarà a dir poco significativo. Segnerà l'inizio di una nuova era in Medio Oriente; un'epoca in cui gli Stati Uniti e l'Iran smetteranno di cercare vicendevolmente d'indebolirsi a ogni più sospinto.

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Nuclear Deal or Not, Dark Years Await the Middle East

(230) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 8:23 AM

The regional impact of the world powers and Iran making a deal over Tehran's nuclear program will be significant to say the least. It will mark a new era in the Middle East; one in which the US and Iran no longer will seek to undermine each other at every...

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Com acordo nuclear ou não, anos sombrios aguardam o Oriente Médio

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 4:22 PM

O impacto regional do acordo nuclear entre o Irã e as potências mundiais será significativo, para dizer o mínimo. Ele vai marcar uma nova era no Oriente Médio; uma era em que os Estados Unidos e o Irã não mais tentarão se minar mutuamente sempre que possível. Nessa...

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Why Iran Won't Capitulate

(138) 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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