"Campaign for New American Policy with Iran (CNAPI)" the pro-engagement lobby
the invasion of Iraq created a strong anti-war movement in the US that opposed American policy in the Middle East. After 2005, some of the anti-war and left organizations came together and formed a coalition that asked for softer US policy with Iran to prevent a new war in the region.
The interest groups and trade lobby that also seek better relation with Iran, joined this coalition and CNAPI was formed that brought together representatives from USA*Engage (pro-trade lobby), Open Society, left, peace and religious groups.
In 2006 NIAC started to work with the anti war coalition and was a key player in the creation of CNAPI. Later in 2008, NIAC became the coordinator of this coalition and successfully transformed the anti war coalition to a large scale lobby that asked the removal of sanctions and pressure against Iran.
During the coalition's monthly meeting in December 2008, NIAC representative declared that they are now the “center of gravity on Iran issue” in the Congress, pointing to their political weight in Washington.
Since 2010, the CNAPI format has ceased to exist but these groups continue to work together to shape US policy toward Iran. Recently, NIAC coordinated 26 groups to urge the Congress to support engagement with Tehran.
NIAC and its partners' influence have considerably diminished since 2010 as the President Obama's outreach was declined by the Iranian regime and consequently, harsher sanctions were imposed against Tehran.