Writing & Speaking Appearances

All publications in descending chronological order for each category:

Iran Unfiltered, a weekly digest for the National Iranian American Council covering Iranian society and politics based on Persian-language sources:

“Iranian Officials Say Tanker Crisis Can Be Diplomatically Resolved,” Week of July 22, 2019.

“Iranian Officials Deny Losing Drone,” Week of July 15, 2019.

“Iran Further Reduces Compliance with JCPOA,” Week of July 8, 2019.

“Professors Call for Freedom of Detained Environmentalists,” Week of June 24, 2019.

“Iran Downs U.S. Drone, Will Breach Nuclear Deal’s Limits,” Week of June 17, 2019.

“Japanese PM Travels to Tehran Amid Tanker Sabotage,” Week of June 10, 2019.

“Iranian Official Claims U.S. Sanctions to be Lifted,” Week of June 7, 2019.

“Students Protest Repression & Sanctions,” Week of May 27, 2019.

“Khamenei Distances Himself from the JCPOA,” Week of May 20, 2019.

“Iranian Officials Discount Possibility of War,” Week of May 13, 2019.

“Iran Halts Compliance with Aspects of the JCPOA,” Week of May 6, 2019.

“Deputy Foreign Minister Says Iran on Cusp of Leaving JCPOA,” Week of April 29, 2019.

“Iran Reacts to Termination of U.S. Oil Waivers,” Week of April 22, 2019.

“Iran Reacts to IRGC Terrorist Designation,” Week of April 15, 2019.

“Flood Response Highlights Political Feuds,” Week of April 1, 2019.

“Devastating Floods Sweep Large Swathes of Iran,” Week of March 25, 2019.

“Nasrin Sotoudeh Won’t Appeal Sentence,” Week of March 18, 2019.

“Rouhani’s Iraq Trip Highlights His High Ambitions,” Week of March 11, 2019.

“Khatami Says People May No Longer Turnout to Vote,” Week of March 4, 2019.

“Zarif’s Resignation Saga,” Week of February 25, 2019.

“Iran Warns Saudi Arabia & Pakistan Over Suicide Bombing,” Week of February 18, 2019.

“Iran Dismisses Warsaw Summit as a Failure,” Week of February 12, 2019.

“Supreme Leader Calls for ‘Structural Reforms,'” Week of February 4, 2019.

“Iran Tepidly Welcomes European Mechanism for Sanctions Relief,” Week of January 28, 2019.

“Hardline Official Attacks JCPOA as Sanctions Relief Channel Looms,” Week of January 14, 2019.

“Political Prisoner Decries Trump and Iranian Judiciary,” Week of January 17, 2019.

“Officials Differ on European Trade Vehicle,” Week of December 17, 2018. 

“Domestic Dissidents Discuss Potential for Revolution,” Week of December 10, 2018. 

“Terrorist Car Bombing in Chabahar as Students Demonstrate to Support Workers,” Week of December 3, 2018. 

“Hardliners Seek Zarif and Larijani’s Ouster as FATF Debate Continues,” Week of November 26, 2018. 

“Workers Protest in Shush as Zarif Comes Under Fire,” Week of November 12, 2018. 

“Iran Reacts to Reinstated U.S. Sanctions,” Week of November 9, 2018. 

“Iran Braces for Reinstated U.S. Sanctions,” Week of October 29, 2018. 

“Iran Moves Towards Greater State Control of Economy as US Sanctions Loom,” Week of October 22nd, 2018. 

“Iran Charges Detained Environmentalists, Moves Toward Global Financial Standards,” Week of October 8th, 2018. 

“Iran Hits ISIS Over Ahvaz Attack as Rial Stops Downward Spiral,” Week of October 1st, 2018. 

“Iran Gears Up for the UN General Assembly,” Week of September 17th, 2018.

“Iran Debates Going to the UNGA Amid Outcry Over Executions,” Week of September 10th, 2018.

“Contentious Politics on the Rise as Iran’s Political Factions Try to Make Gains,” Week of September 3rd, 2018.

“Iran’s Fundamentalists Overplay their Hand Amid Continued Calls for Change,” Week of August 20th, 2018.

“Shifting Social and Political Landscape in Iran As Trump Ramps up Pressure,” Week of August 13th, 2018.

Academic Publications

“Assessing U.S.–Iran Nuclear Engagement,” The Washington Quarterly, October 5, 2017, pgs. 65-95.

Speaking Appearances

“Trump’s Mideast Policy: Disengagement or Escalation? ” Capitol Hill Policy Briefing (Rayburn Building), January 25, 2019. Full Video of Panel Discussion.

  • Reese Erlich: Freelance journalist and author of Iran Agenda: The Real Story of U.S. Policy and the Middle East Crisis
  • Kate Kizer: Policy Director, Win Without War
  • Mark Perry: Freelance writer and journalist specializing in military, intelligence, and foreign affairs; regular contributor to Foreign Policy and Politico; Contributing Editor to The American Conservative
  • Sina Toossi: Research Associate, NIAC
  • Panel Moderator: Negar Mortazavi, Iranian-American journalist and commentator; Consultant editor, The Independent

“Iran’s role in the region,” CodePink Iran Summit, December 1, 2018. Full Video of Panel Discussion. 

  • Barbara Slavin: Director, Future of Iran Initiative, Atlantic Council.
  • Sina Toossi: Research Associate, NIAC
  • Phyllis Bennis: author, Institute for Policy Studies.
  • Moderated by: Ann Wright, retired US Army Colonel and US State Department official.

“The U.S. and Iran: On a Collision Course?” Capitol Hill Policy Briefing (Rayburn Building), October 17, 2018. Full Video of Panel Discussion.

  • Ned Price: Director of Policy and Communications, National Security Action; Former Special Assistant to President Obama for National Security Affairs.
  • Barbara Slavin: Director, Future of Iran Initiative, Atlantic Council.
  • Sina Toossi: Research Associate, NIAC
  • Laicie Heeley: Panel Moderator. Editor in Chief, Inkstick; Host, Things that Go Boom.

U.S.-Iran Relations

“The Best Way to Avert War with Iran? Fire John Bolton.” Newsweek, May 13, 2019.

“The Story Of Esther And Netanyahu’s Attack On Iranian History,” LobeLog, April 5, 2019.

“The Warsaw Summit and Effective Multilateralism,” The Atlantic Council, February 14, 2019.

“Trump is reviving the 1953 coup plan against Iran. It won’t work twice,” Middle East Eye, December 13, 2018.

“US-Led Regime Change is Not the Path,” Harvard University’s Belfer Center, October 11, 2018.

“Trump’s Sanctions Will Hurt The Wrong People In Iran,” LobeLog, August 10, 2018.

“Why Trump’s Iran Policy is Bound to Fail,” The National Interest, July 29, 2018.

“What Washington’s Iran Policy Debate Misses: the Iranian People,” Atlantic Council, May 4, 2018.

“Dangerous Escalation: Why Trump’s Pressure Tactics Won’t Work on Iran,” The National Interest, February 8, 2018.

“The Dangers of Challenging Iran to a Foreign Policy Fight,” The National Interest, November 12, 2017.

“The Iran Nuclear Deal’s Fate is a Litmus Test for Multipolarity,” Atlantic Council, September 19, 2017.

“As Trump Era Looms, Many Iranian-Americans Fear Losing The Gains They’ve Made,” The Huffington Post, January 19, 2017.

“U.S. Torpedoing the Nuclear Deal Will Reaffirm Iran’s Distrust,” The Huffington Post, April 29, 2016.

“Nuclear Flashpoints: U.S.-Iran Tensions Over Terms and Timetables,” Wilson Center, June 10, 2014.

“Iranian Nuclear Deal: Hardliners Despair, Pragmatists Rejoice,” Foreign Policy in Focus, November 26, 2013.

“How We Got Here: A History of Missed Opportunities with Iran,” Foreign Policy in Focus, November 7, 2013.

“No, Iran is not enriching uranium to weapons grade,” Iran Media Fact Check, March 19, 2013.

“Pew’s False Choice Survey on Iran War,” NIAC Insight, March 19, 2013.

“Almaty and Prospects for Iran Negotiations,” NIAC Insight, February 26, 2013.

“Iran and the U.S. meet on the wrestling mat in Tehran,” NIAC Insight, February 25, 2013.

“Are Google ‘doodles’ sanctioned?” NIAC Insight, February 21, 2013.

“Diplomats: ‘Suspension of Ending of Sanctions’ Necessary for Successful Iran Talks,” NIAC, February 11, 2013.

“Iran’s nuclear missile threat: Perceived or Real?” NIAC Insight, February 11, 2013.

“Would a nuclear Iran pose an existential threat to the United States?” Iran Media Fact Check, February 6, 2013.

“What Obama’s new team may mean for diplomatic progress with Iran,” NIAC insight, January 31, 2013.

U.S. Foreign Policy

“Trump’s Middle East Policy Is Both Immoral and Out of Date,” Newsweek, January 25, 2019.

“Beware the Foreign Regime Change Charlatans,” with Trita Parsi, the American Conservative, January 24, 2019.

“Trump’s Iran Endgame Undermines Major US Security Interests,” The Atlantic Council, September 17, 2018.

“Trump’s Iran Policy Embodies Imperial Overstretch,” LobeLog, May 25, 2018. 

“Trump’s Foreign Policy has left the Middle East Wide Open to Russia and China–And They’re Moving in,” Newsweek, March 19, 2018. 

“Marco Rubio Is Winning the Neocon Primary,” Foreign Policy in Focus, December 8, 2015. (syndicated on Antiwar.com, JuanCole.com, and LobeLog.com)

“The Bomb Iran Lobby Gears Up for 2016,” Foreign Policy in Focus, June 4, 2015. (syndicated on Antiwar.com, BillMoyers.com, LobeLog.com and Truth-out.org)

“Iran’s Nuclear Chess: Calculating America’s Moves,” Wilson Center, July 21, 2014.

“The Geo-political Reverberations of a Government Shutdown,” Foreign Policy in Focus, October 16, 2013.

“Obama Fumbles Syria Policy,” Foreign Policy in Focus, September 14, 2013.

“Nuclear fishing boats and further proof that Congress is losing it on Iran,” NIAC Insight, April 22, 2013.

“10 years later, is Iran replacing Iraq?” NIAC Insight, March 15, 2013.

“CIA nominee: Iran-bashing good for politicians, bad for US interests,” NIAC Insight, February 14, 2013.

“New Congressional Push to PreventWar, Establish Diplomatic Envoy to Iran,” NIAC, February 11, 2013.

Iranian Foreign Policy & Politics

“Iran’s Path to Negotiations With Trump’s America,” The National Interest, June 17, 2019.

“Growing U.S. Pressure is Emboldening Iranian Hardliners,” The National Interest, April 23, 2019.

“Soleimani’s support boosts Zarif, isolates Iran’s hardliners,” Al Monitor, March 1, 2019.

“Deciphering Iran’s Strategic Vision,” LobeLog, January 15, 2015.

“Iran’s Rouhani Makes His Debut on the World Stage,” Foreign Policy in Focus, September 25, 2013.

“Iranian Presidential Campaigns Hit the Homestretch,” Muftah, June 12, 2013.

“Political Uniformity in Iran’s Presidential Election?” Muftah, June 1, 2013.

“In Iran, Political Rivals Register as Presidential Candidates,” Muftah, May 19, 2013.

“Meet the President Contenders in Iran’s Upcoming Election,” Muftah, May 9, 2013.

Middle East Geopolitics

“Mohammed bin Salman Is the Next Saddam Hussein,” Foreign Policy, October 29, 2018.

“Ending the Iran-Saudi Cold War,” LobeLog, September 19, 2016.

“Prominent Islamic Scholar Refutes Claims of ISIS’s Links to Islam,” ThinkProgress, March 5, 2015.

“Saudi Arabia’s Temper Tantrums and What They Mean for the U.S.,” Foreign Policy in Focus, October 31, 2013.

“Netanyahu Unfazed by Historic Diplomacy Between U.S. and Iran,” Foreign Policy in Focus, October 7, 2013.

“Applying the Lebanese Template to Syria,” Foreign Policy in Focus, September 12, 2013.

“The Iranian Nuclear Deal and the Impact on its Neighbors,” Wilson Center, June 23, 2014.

“Iran and Its Neighbors: Regional Implications for U.S. Policy of a Nuclear Agreement,” Wilson Center, September 17, 2014.

Other Topics

“Meet The Transatlantic Network Of Hate,” ThinkProgress, March 12, 2015.