By Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach
Middle East watchers are closely following the negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program involving the U.S. and five other nations. The goal is to reach a framework agreement by the end of March, with a final agreement by the end of June.
Facing pressure to oppose the talks, many in Congress are focusing on legislation to require congressional approval of an agreement with Iran and another bill that would impose new sanctions. Passage of either of these bills would be seen as interference in the negotiations and make reaching an agreement much more difficult.
But despite all of the attention that Iran receives in the U.S. Congress, few in the United States take the time to hear the perspectives of Iranians, sliding too easily instead into demonizing or caricaturing the country and its people.