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1999: Cypress conference and roadmap for an Iranian lobby in US

Parsi and Siamak Namzi presented a joint paper in a conference in Cypress and argued for the creation of an Iranian-American lobby in US which would be similar to AIPAC. In this paper they proposed 3 recommendations

  • Seminars in lobbying for Iranian-American youth and intern opportunities in Washington DC... Arguably an Iranian-American lobby (which is different from a lobby group purely pursuing the interests of the Islamic Republic of Iran) is needed in order to create a balance between the competing Middle Eastern lobbies. Without it, Iran-bashing may become popular in Congress again.”
  • Increased awareness amongst Iranian-Americans and Americans about the effects of sanctions, both at home and in Iran.
  • The taboo of working for a new approach on Iran must be further legitimized