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Reza Marashi, NIAC Research Director, 206.383.9173,

Trita Parsi, NIAC President, 202.386.6325,

Jamal Abdi, NIAC Action Executive Director, 202.386.6408,

Tyler Cullis, NIAC Legal Fellow, 202.386.6325,

Iran Nuclear Talks Experts Available for Analysis


Experts from the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) and its sister organization, NIAC Action, will be available to the media as negotiators from the P5+1 and Iran near a historic comprehensive nuclear agreement.

Negotiators have made significant progress in converting an agreement in principle into a written deal. Such an agreement has the potential to prevent war, ensure that Iran does not acquire a nuclear weapon, and transform the U.S.-Iran relationship. However, Congress is preparing for a contentious review period and some lawmakers have already signaled their intent to reject the deal.

NIAC analysts available in Vienna:

Reza Marashi is on the ground for negotiations in Vienna and serves as NIAC's Research Director.

He came to NIAC after four years in the Office of Iranian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Prior to his tenure at the State Department, he was an analyst at the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) covering China-Middle East issues, and a Tehran-based private strategic consultant on Iranian political and economic risk. Marashi is frequently consulted by Western governments on Iran-related matters. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, and the National Interest, among other publications. He has been a guest contributor to CNN, NPR, the BBC, TIME Magazine, The Washington Post, and the Financial Times, among other broadcast outlets. Follow Reza on Twitter:@rezamarashi

NIAC analysts available in Washington, DC:

Trita Parsi, PhD is the founder and president of NIAC and an expert on US-Iranian relations, Iranian foreign politics, and the geopolitics of the Middle East.

He is the author of Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States (Yale University Press 2007) and A Single Roll of the Dice - Obama's Diplomacy with Iran (Yale University Press, 2012). He is the 2010 recipient of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. Parsi's articles on Middle East affairs have been published in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Financial Times, Jane's Intelligence Review, the Nation, The American Conservative, the Jerusalem Post, The Forward, and others. He is a frequent guest on CNN, PBS's Newshour with Jim Lehrer, NPR, the BBC, and Al Jazeera. Follow Trita on Twitter: @tparsi

Jamal Abdi closely monitors the Congressional and political landscape regarding U.S.-Iran relations as the Executive Director of NIAC Action.

Abdi leads NIAC Action's efforts to monitor policies and legislation, and to educate and advocate on behalf of the Iranian-American community. He has written for The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, Foreign Policy, Huffington Post and The Hill, is a frequent guest contributor in print, radio, and television. Follow Jamal on Twitter: @jabdi

Tyler Cullis is an expert on sanctions and international law and serves as NIAC's Legal Fellow and Policy Associate.

Tyler is a graduate of the Boston University School of Law, with Honors in International Law. He is one of the foremost experts on Iran sanctions and has written extensively on sanctions, international law and the negotiations, including for The New York Times, CNN, Foreign Policy, Huffington Post, The National Interest, and Opinio Juris. Prior to entering law school, Tyler also had considerable experience as an organizer at United for Peace and Justice, a broad peace coalition opposing the Iraq War. Follow Tyler on Twitter: @TylerCullis

The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded in 2002 to give voice to the Iranian-American community. From being the trusted voice on U.S.- Iran relations, to pushing forth legislation that protects individuals of Iranian heritage from systematic discrimination, to celebrating our cultural heritage, NIAC creates a lasting impact in the lives of the members of our community.

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