Trita Parsi testifies before the House
Dr. Trita Parsi, President of the Ploughshares-funded National Iranian American Council, testified before the House on H.R. 1327, the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act of 2009. The hearing focused on whether further economic pressure can change the Iranian Government's behavior on human rights and the nuclear program. "Sanctions have been effective in hurting the Iranian economy," Parsi said, "but they have failed to change the Iranian government's behavior. It is diplomacy...that should be given the space and time to succeed."