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PAAIA Mentorship Success Story: Meet Sally Salari
April 30, 2015, Washington, D.C. - In 2013, Sally Salari applied to the PAAIA Mentorship Program and was matched with Dr. Kaveh Alizadeh - a renowned New York plastic surgeon who has appeared on CNN, CBS 60 minutes, NBC Today Show, Discovery Health, Newsweek, and The New York Times.
Deal or No Deal? Former American and Iranian Officials Weigh In
April 22, 2015, Washington, D.C. - On Monday, April 20th, the U.S. Institute of Peace in conjunction with eight prominent think tanks held a panel discussion entitled, Deal or No Deal?, which explored the challenges ahead in the final days of negotiations between Iran and the international community.
The Hil: Senate Committee Vote on Iran a Big Win for Obama and Diplomacy
April 20, 2015, Washington, D.C. - Last week's unanimous vote by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on legislation allowing congressional oversight of a potential nuclear deal with Iran has been interpreted by some as a setback to President Obama.
Harvard University Iranian Student Groups Mobilize, Host The First Annual Iranian Gala at Harvard
April 20, 2015, Cambridge - Presented by the Harvard College Iranian Association (HCIA) and the Harvard Law Middle East Law Students Association in collaboration with the Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the First Annual Iranian Gala was held at Harvard University's Loeb House on April 3, 2015.
Cyrus Habib Passes Nowruz Resolution in Washington State Senate
April 16, 2015, Washington, D.C. - On April 9th, the Washington State Senate passed a Nowruz resolution introduced by Iranian American State Senator Cyrus Habib in honor of the Iranian New Year.
UPDATE: Jason Rezaian to be Tried on Espionage Charges in Iran
April 15, 2015, Washington, D.C. - Jason Rezaian, an Iranian American correspondent at The Washington Post, is set to be tried on espionage charges by the Iranian court. According to reports, Rezaian is accused of transmitting sensitive economic and industrial information about Iran.
UPDATE: Senate Committee Approves Iran Nuclear Agreement Act of 2015
April 14, 2015, Washington, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee today approved the Iran Nuclear Agreement Act of 2015 by a margin of 19 to 0. The legislation was amended under compromise agreement between Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Senator Bob Croker (R-TN) and Ranking Member Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD).
Senate Should Place Iran Nuclear Vote on Hold
April 14, 2015, Washington, D.C. - The framework agreement reached between the P5+1 and Iran represents an important step towards resolving the impasse over Iran's nuclear program peacefully. While the framework agreement provides a promising foundation to build on, many critical and difficult issues still remain.
Former Senior U.S. Diplomats and Military Leaders Support Nuclear Framework Agreement with Iran
April 10, 2015, Washington, D.C. - On April 6th, the Iran Project published a bipartisan statement in support of the announced framework agreement between the P5+1 and Iran over its nuclear program.
PAAIA and IABA Host Nowruz Celebration in New York
April 10, 2015, New York, NY - On March 29th, 2015, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), in collaboration with the Iranian American Bar Association (IABA) held its fifth annual Nowruz Celebration at the New York County Lawyers' Association building in Manhattan.
UPDATES: P5+1 Iran Nuclear Negotiations Resource Center
April 10, 2015, Washington, D.C. - Like much of the world, Iranian Americans have followed the Iran nuclear negotiations and ensuing developments with great interest. The PAAIA Public Policy Center is pleased to provide a resource page that provides easily accessible information about the on-going nuclear negotiations between Iran and the members of the P5+1.
PAAIA Member Bita Daryabari to be Honored by World Affairs Council
April 9, 2015, Washington, D.C. - PAAIA member, Bita Daryabari, will be honored by the World Affairs Council in San Francisco, California on May 26th for her philanthropic contributions to the Iranian and larger Middle Eastern communities.
PAAIA is Now Accepting Applications for 2015 Mentorship Program and OGHAB Internships!
April 7, 2015, Washington, D.C. - Applications have now opened for the 2015 Mentorship Program and OGHAB Internship Program! Applications for OGHAB are due May 1st, 2015 and applications for Mentorship are due June 1st, 2015!
UPDATES: P5+1 Iran Nuclear Negotiations Resource Center
April 3, 2015, Washington, D.C. - Like much of the world, Iranian Americans have followed the Iran nuclear negotiations and ensuing developments with great interest. The PAAIA Public Policy Center is pleased to provide a resource page that provides easily accessible information about the on-going nuclear negotiations between Iran and the members of the P5+1.
PAAIA Welcomes Tentative Nuclear Agreement between P5+1 and Iran
April 2, 2015, Washington, D.C. - The Obama Administration announced today that the P5+1 coalition and Iran have agreed on the parameters of an agreement that would limit Iran's nuclear program. The announcement comes two days after the self-imposed March 31st deadline set by international negotiators last November following the second extension of the interim agreement.
How Lawmakers Can Leverage the Persian New Year
Whether or not there is an agreement with Iran, the issue is bound to be a significant focal point in U.S.-Iran relations for the foreseeable future. At the same time, policymakers would be wise to think more creatively about crafting policies that would support and engage the United States greatest asset in Iran - the Iranian people.
UPDATES: P5+1 Iran Nuclear Negotiations Resource Center
March 27, 2015, Washington, D.C. - Like much of the world, Iranian Americans have followed the Iran nuclear negotiations and ensuing developments with great interest. The PAAIA Public Policy Center is pleased to provide a resource page that provides easily accessible information about the on-going nuclear negotiations between Iran and the members of the P5+1 (U.S., U.K., France, Russia, China, and Germany).
Los Angeles City Hall Celebrates Nowruz
March 24, 2015, Los Angeles, CA - On Friday, March 20th, the Los Angeles City Hall celebrated Nowruz alongside the Iranian American community for the eleventh year in a row. Beginning in 2004 with the support of PAAIA Board Member Pouria Abbassi and Congressman Tony Cardenas, the Nowruz celebration at Los Angeles City Hall has become an annual tradition expressing the city's gratitude for the contributions of their Iranian American residents.
President Obama Calls for the Release of U.S. Citizens Imprisoned in Iran
March 24, 2015, Washington, D.C. - On March 20th, marking the Persian New Year, President Obama issued a statement urging for the immediate release of all U.S. citizens currently detained in Iran, including Iranian Americans Saeed Abedini, Amir Hekmati, and Jason Rezaian.
House Members Send Cautionary Letter to President Obama on Iran Nuclear Negotiations
March 24, 2015, Washington D.C. - As the deadline approaches to reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1, members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent an open letter to President Obama cautioning that any agreement will require congressional approval for its implementation.
President Obama Addresses Iranian People in Nowruz Message
March 20, 2015, Washington, D.C. - As he has done in previous years, President Obama yesterday released a special video message to those celebrating Nowruz, taking the opportunity to speak directly to the people of Iran and the Iranian leadership.

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