PAAIA to Host Capitol Hill Briefing on 2009 Survey of Iranian Americans

PAAIA to Host Capitol Hill Briefing on 2009 Survey of Iranian Americans

Survey Explores Views Concerning Post Election Developments in Iran

January 22, 2010, Washington, D.C. – The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) will be holding a congressional briefing on Thursday, January 28, 2010 to present the findings of its 2009 National Public Opinion Survey of Iranian Americans. The national poll, conducted by Zogby International, explores the attitudes and views of Iranian Americans relating to recent developments in Iran.

“As a national organization dedicated to reinforcing and serving the Iranian American community in the context of the larger U.S. society, PAAIA will continue to commission scientific surveys to gauge the community’s perceptions and interests, and share its findings with the government, researchers and the media,” said Mahasti Afshar, PAAIA’s Executive Director. The 2009 survey specifically explores the attitudes and views of Iranian Americans on issues such as recent developments in Iran, U.S.-Iran relations, and the Obama Administration’s response to recent events in Iran.

Following the presentation of the findings by PAAIA’s Executive Director, Dr. Mahasti Afshar, a panel of Iran experts will be on hand to discuss the potential implications of such results on U.S. policy vis-à-vis Iran and how they should inform members of Congress and other policymakers in formulating policy. The panelists include: Geneive Abdo, The Century Foundation; Patrick Clawson, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Kenneth Katzman, Congressional Research Service; and Ali Reza Nader, RAND Corporation.

“One of PAAIA’s core aspirations is to create a representative, nationally recognized voice for Iranian Americans—a community that takes great pride in its tremendous achievements and contributions to the U.S.,” explained Afshar. “This survey serves that goal by helping us better understand their views and brings their voice to the American public as well as U.S. policy makers and opinion makers, unfiltered and direct.”  

To learn more about this event, please contact Legislative Assistant, Ramin Naderi, at ramin@ or call 202-828-8370.

Click here to view the 2009 survey

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