- American-Iranian Council
The American-Iranian Council (AIC) was formed in 1997 as a bi-partisan
think tankfocused upon promoting better relations between the United Statesand Iran. Former United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vancewas the original honorary Chair of the organization. The AIC is an academic research and education organization that is focused upon improving the dialogue between two countries that often fail to take into account misperceptions, misunderstandings, and mischaracterizations. The AIC seeks to help policy makers as well as concerned citizens become better aware of the interests in common to both countries.
Goals and mission
The AIC is designated as a 501(c)(3)
non-profit, non-partisan, non-political, non-sectarian organization that is headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey. The AIC is generally focused upon working at the national and international levels of public policy, it is also increasingly involved in helping Iranian-Americancitizens in the United States to have their voices and concerns articulated and heard.
The AIC is guided by its core values – (i.) truth, (ii.) understanding, (iii.) dialogue and (iv.) participation – for an organization to promote and protect those values, the AIC helps turn these into more specific principles. The organization believes in intellectual and practical rigor, a free and open and nonpartisan inquiry, full accountability and transparency, fair and balanced treatment of issues, the enhancement of a public-service ethic, broad participation of those who wish to be involved, and the promotion of common ground and mutual interests.
The AIC was granted permission by the U.S. government to open an office in Iran. The AIC will be the only U.S. based peace and conflict resolution Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) operating in Iran.
The AIC has hosted members of both political parties in the United States at its meetings. Most recently, Senator
Chuck Hageland Congressman Dennis Kucinichhave been involved in helping to move the U.S. and Iran away from armed conflict. The past Iranian Ambassador to the U.N., Dr. Javad Zarif, and the present Ambassador, Mr. Mohammad Khazaee, have both worked with the AIC.
In 2007, the AIC helped to arrange a meeting between President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejadof Iran and U.S. academics, business leaders and members of the media. The difficulties and problems in the ongoing relationship between the two countries was the primary topic of the discussion.
In 2003, the AIC helped Iran initiate an offer to the United States, known as the "Grand Bargain". Before invading
Iraq, the Bush administration rebuffed a series of overtures from Iran's reformist government -- among them offers to help the United States stabilize Iraq after the invasion -- which culminated in a secret proposal for a grand bargain resolving all outstanding issues between the United States and Iran, including Iran's alleged support for terrorism and the development of its nuclear program. The United States, which had branded Iran part of the " axis of evil," decided on a confrontational approach. (See PBS FrontlineDocumentary showing on October 23, 2007.)
The AIC has announced that it is planning a meeting with Ambassador
Mohammad Khazaee, Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations.
Ali Shakeri, founding member of the University of California-Irvine Center for Peacebuilding in Los Angeles, called the AIC on Tuesday, October 2, 2007 to thank the AIC and its members for diplomatic actions taken to gain his release from prison in Iran. Mr. Shakeri has worked with and supported the activities of AIC for many years. Mr. Shakeri had been unlawfully detained in Iran's notorious Evin Prison on charges of security violations since May 2007.
The AIC has a prominent board which includes many of the top academics, diplomats, and business leaders. AIC's honorary board includes secretary
Donna Shalala, and its Board of Directors is composed of, Thomas Pickering, former Senator J Bennet Johnson, former Vice-Chairman of Chevron Richard Matzke, Dr. Fereidun Feksharaki President of FACTS, and Professor Hooshang Amirahmadiof Rutgers University, Ambassador Sargent Shriver, R.K. Ramazani, Ambassador Robert H. Pelletreau, Ambassador Chas W Freeman, Judith Kipper, Roy Mottahedeh.
* [http://www.american-iranian.org AIC Official Website]
* [http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/showdown/#press PBS FRONTLINE Press Release]
* [http://american-iranian.org/publications/articles/2007/02/iraq_in_usiranian_relations.html#more Iraq in U.S.-Iranian Relations]
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