March 28, 2012, Washington, D.C. – The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) recently had the opportunity to sit down with Mayor Nader Baroukh to discuss his candidacy for a second term on the Falls Church City Council.
The City of Falls Church is governed by a seven member city council, each elected at large for four year, staggered terms. The Mayor is elected by the vote of the members of the council.
First elected to the City Council in 2008, Baroukh has served as the Mayor of Falls Church since 2010. He serves on the Council’s School Board/Council Liaison Group, the Economic Development Committee, and was the liaison to the Watershed Advisory Committee. Baroukh also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Council of Government and has served on the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (alternate).
April 3, 2012, Washington DC – As we close the books on another Nowruz celebration, PAAIA is pleased to provide a glimpse of some of the activities that took place around the country celebrating this ancient tradition. Nowruz Celebrated by Children Throughout the Country
For the second year, children around the country used the Nowruz materials available on PAAIA’s website to educate their fellow students and their parents as well as their teachers about this unique celebration. Over 25 families used the PAAIA materials to educate nearly 800 children and adults, combining the materials with small haftseens, Persian sweets, Persian music, pictures of Iran, and Persian dancing. By all accounts, the presentations were received with much enthusiasm and the presenters fielded numerous questions from the audience. Presenters reported feeling proud of our heritage and accomplishments and pleased that their presentations had opened a door for many into the beauty of Iran and our ancient culture.
April 16, 2012, Washington DC – Nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group, the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany, are scheduled to take place April 13 and 14 in Istanbul. Is it possible for the United States to successfully engage Iran, or are negotiations with Tehran an exercise in futility? Two former senior Obama administration officials and noted Iran experts—Vali Nasr, newly named dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and Ray Takeyh of the Council on Foreign Relations—will probe this question. Carnegie’s Karim Sadjadpour will moderate.
Vali Nasr is a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a columnist for Bloomberg View. He served as senior adviser to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, between 2009 and 2011.