|Cyrus Habib Poised to Become the First Iranian American Lt. Governor|
State Sen. Cyrus Habib (D-WA) today announced his victory in Tuesday’s crowded primary election for Washington State Lieutenant Governor. If successful in the November general election, Habib will become the first Iranian American to be elected to the position of Lieutenant Governor, the highest officer of a state after the Governor.
|Fred Ameri Runs for Newport Beach City Council|
Fred Ameri, who has had an exceptional record of civic involvement over the past several decades in Orange County, recently kicked-off his campaign for Newport Beach City Council's District 7 seat. If successful, he will become the first Iranian American to serve on the council.
|PAAIA Commissions Report to Strengthen Compliance on the Iran Nuclear Deal|
The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) has commissioned Global Impact Strategies (giStrat) to conduct a scientific report on the implementation of the nuclear agreement between the P5+1 coalition (U.S., U.K., France, Russia, China, and Germany) and Iran. The report, to be released in September 2016, aims to provide data-driven evidence and strategies to strengthen compliance on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and is part of PAAIA’s continued efforts to support the implementation of the Iran nuclear agreement.
|TAKE ACTION: House Resolution Calls for Release of Iranian Americans Detained in Iran|
Today, Congressman Ed Royce (R-39th/CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Congressman Gerald Connolly (D-11th/VA) introduced a bipartisan resolution calling on the Iranian government to immediately release Siamak Namazi and his father, Baquer Namazi, who are dual U.S.- Iranian citizens currently detained in Iran. Send a letter to your representative asking for their support!
|PAAIA CHIP Fellow Reflects on Internship with Congressman Mike Honda|
Aava Khajavi, PAAIA’s 2016 recepient of the Akhbar Ghahary Capitol Hill Internship Program (CHIP), graduated from American University this May with a B.A. in Psychology. She is passionate about educational equity and alleviating the social stigma tied to mental health issues. Growing up in Los Angeles, a city with an enormous Iranian American population, Khajavi witnessed first-hand how little Iranian Americans’ interests are represented in the political arena. This reality is what inspired her to pursue a career in politics and encourage her community to have a larger voice in government.
|Momentum Builds for Iranian American Candidates|
With the New York and Washington primary elections fast approaching, Iranian American candidates Anna Kaplan and Cyrus Habib are poised to have strong showings and advancing towards their respective general elections. If successful, they will become the first Iranian Americans to be elected to the U.S. Congress and to state office.
|Cyrus Habib Kicks Off Campaign for Lt. Governor of Washington State|
On May 16, the highest-ranking Iranian American in political office and the first Iranian American to serve as a State Senator filed paperwork to run for Lieutenant Governor of Washington State. His campaign for Lieutenant Governor, the highest state office after Governor, began with a kick-off event in downtown Seattle, where he was endorsed by California Lt. Governor and Gubernatorial Candidate Gavin Newsom, as well as several Washington State Senators, and the Washington State Attorney General.
|Future U.S. Iran Policy in a Shifting Regional Order|
The Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. held a panel on Friday, May 13th, to discuss regional tensions in the Middle East in the wake of the Iranian Nuclear Deal. The panel comprised a diverse group of regional experts: Vice Admiral John M. Miller, former U.S. Naval Commander; Dennis Ross, Counselor and Distinguished William Davidson Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Paul Pillar, researcher and faculty member at the Georgetown University Center for Security Studies; and Alex Vantanka, senior fellow at The Middle East Institute and PAAIA Public Policy Advisor. While there were some differences of opinion regarding Iran’s role in regional stability, the majority of panelists praised the JCPOA for improving dialogue between Iran and the U.S.
|Maryam Mirzakhani, First Iranian Woman to be Elected to the National Academy of Sciences|
Maryam Mirzakhani, a Professor of Mathematics at Stanford University, was recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences. One of the highest honors for scientists in the United States, new members are elected by current members based on their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. These members serve as “advisors to the nation” on science, engineering, and medicine. Past honorees include renowned scientists Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, and Alexander Graham Bell. Mirzakhani was one of the 84 new members and 21 foreign associates elected into the nonprofit organization this year. She will be formally inducted next April in Washington D.C.
|PAAIA Holds Congressional Briefing|
April 26, 2016, Washington, D.C. – On April 20th, 2016, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) held a congressional briefing to present the findings of its 2016 National Public Opinion Survey of Iranian Americans, followed by a panel discussion on Iran. In attendance, were more than fifty congressional staffers as well as representatives from the U.S. State Department and members of the media.
|FAQ: The Visa Waiver Program Improvements and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act|
The Visa Waiver Program permits citizens of 38 participating countries to travel to the United States, Europe, Japan and South Korea without a visa for stays of 90 days or less. In the United States, the VWP is administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in consultation with the Department of State. Permanent residents of designated countries who are not citizens of those countries do not qualify for a visa waiver.
|TAKE ACTION: Support Senate Amendment to Protect Dual Nationals from Discriminatory Visa Rules|
Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) has offered his legislation, the Equal in Protection Travel Act, as an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill (S. 2658). The amendment, co-sponsored by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), would strip the discriminatory dual nationality provisions contained in the Visa Waiver Program reforms passed into law late last year.
|PAAIA Hosts Annual Nowruz Reception on Capitol Hill|
On March 16, 2016, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) hosted its annual Nowruz reception for members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill. A bipartisan group of eighteen members of Congress served as honorary co-hosts of the reception, which included a beautiful Haftseen table.
|Congressman Honda Continues to Champion Nowruz on Capitol Hill|
Yesterday, Congressman Michael M. Honda (D-CA) issued a statement about the importance of continuing to recognize the cultural and historical significance of Nowruz in the U.S. Congress. Congressman Honda is the sponsor of the annual Nowruz receptions on Capitol Hill for PAAIA and legislation honoring the Iranian New Year.
|PAAIA Releases 2016 National Public Opinion Survey of Iranian Americans|
The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) today released the findings of a national public opinion survey examining the attitudes of Iranian Americans with respect to U.S.-Iran relations, the newly implemented nuclear agreement with Iran, and the experience of the Iranian American community.
|PAAIA Applauds Implementation of Nuclear Agreement Between World Powers and Iran |
Today the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verified that Iran has met its initial obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The agreement reached by Iran and the P5+1 nations in July of last year calls on Iran to implement certain measures that will set back its ability to produce enough material for nuclear weapons.