April 16, 2012, Washington D.C. – On Monday, April 16th the Carnegie Endowment in co-sponsorship with PAAIA held a successful, standing-room-only panel, Negotiating with Iran: Istanbul and Its Aftermath, which included discussion on the current round of nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5 +1 group consisting of the five permanent U.N. Security Council member plus Germany.
The panelists consisted of renowned policy experts Vali Nasr, Ray Takeyh, and George Perkovich and the event was moderated by senior Carnegie Endowment associate Karim Sadjadpour.
April 17, 2012, New York City – On Sunday April 15, PAAIA joined numerous other Iranian-American not-for-profit organizations in walking in the 9th Annual Persian Parade in celebration of Nowruz, the Persian new year. The Parade attracted a record crowd estimated by New York City police at 100,000. The crowd cheered on multiple participants who walked down 12 blocks of Madison Avenue in New York, culminating at Madison Square Park where post-Parade festivities including music and dancing continued.
April 12, 2012, Dallas, Texas – The One Man Dallas project recently announced 21 finalist for the “One Man Dallas Award.” Amongst the finalist is Iranian American and Richardson City Councilmember, Amir Omar.
With women volunteering nearly five times more than men, the One Man Project was initiated to encourage more men to volunteer in their communities. One Man Dallas was launched last year after originating in 2009 with One Man Minneapolis.
This award encourages men to volunteer in the Dallas-Forth Worth area. The finalists were chosen from hundreds of applicants and nominees between the ages of 24 – 44 living in the Dallas area who are affiliated with a local charity.
Political future looks bright for the medical doctor and Air Force veteran
April 4, 2012, Washington, D.C. – Dr. Milad Pooran lost his bid to become the Democratic nominee on April 3rd in a race for the 6th Congressional District of Maryland. Although his bid to become the first American of Iranian heritage to serve in the U.S. Congress fell short, Dr. Pooran’s campaign did receive the support of former Democratic National Committee Chairman, Howard Dean. Dr. Pooran was considered the dark horse candidate who gained momentum in the closing weeks of the race.