The National Iranian American Council
(NIAC) is a Washington, D.C.
-based non-profit organization
"dedicated to advancing the interests of the Iranian-American community." Trita Parsi
is the organization's current president and founder.
In 2002, Parsi founded the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) "to enable Iranian Americans to condemn the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks
and that he has since run it as a grass-roots group aimed at strengthening their voice." The organization supports engagement between the US and Iran in belief that it "would enhance our national security by helping to stabilize the Middle East
and bolster the moderates in Iran." On the group's formation, Parsi commented, "We realized that our primary thing that separates the Iranian-American
community from the Jewish-American
community, the Arab-American
community, the Armenian-American
community is that the Iranian-American community has shunned political participation."
In November 2009, the NIAC came under scrutiny when Washington Times national security
correspondent Eli Lake
alleged that the organization, registered as a 501
educational organization, could be "operating as a foreign lobby
in violation of federal law". Lake writes, "Mr.... Read More