How do Iranian-Americans factor into U.S. policy towards Iran?

Monday, October 24, 2005
Time: 06:00 PM
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Washington, DC, October 12, 2005 – The Iranian-American Bar Association (IABA) will be hosting a panel discussion titled “How do Iranian-Americans factor into U.S. policy towards Iran?” The event will be held from 6:30 PM – 8:30 at L301 Lerner Hall, George Washington University (2000 H Street NW, Washington, DC) on Monday, October 24, 2005.

Iranian-American accomplishments have been both significant and numerous. Iranian-Americans have excelled in business, the sciences, academics, the arts, the law, medicine, and many other fields. In light of their contributions, are Iranian-Americans a factor in American policy towards Iran? IABA is proud to presents an esteemed panel of experts on Iran to answer this question:

· Patrick Clawson - Deputy Director for research at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy

· Kenneth Katzman - a specialist in Middle East affairs for the Congressional Research Service

· Gary Sick - Acting Director of Middle East Institute of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and author of All Fall Down: America's Tragic Encounter With Iran

This discussion will be moderated by Afsheen John Radsan, president of IABA, formerly a consultant to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Iran Commercial Initiative.”

IABA is a national, non-profit corporation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code that promotes the advancement of Iranian-American attorneys and the Iranian-American community at large. In addition to its scholarship program, the IABA provides mentorship programs to Iranian-American law students and to young attorneys. The IABA serves the professional development of its attorney members through hosting events such as CLE classes and networking opportunities at IABA events. The IABA has informed Iranian-Americans about legal matters of concern and engages policymakers on behalf of the Iranian-American community toward improving the laws and regulations that impact our community in the United States. Examples of such educational activities are IABA’s participation in the Iranian-American Know your Rights Campaign, co-sponsored with the ACLU and Amnesty International (USA) and IABA’s publication of an independent report concerning the detention and treatment of Iranian nationals by the INS in implementing their NSEERS special registration program. IABA’s NSEERS report was successfully presented in two bi-partisan briefings in the U.S. Senate (July '04) and the House of Representatives (October '04).

IABA has over 200 members in 20 states, with chapters in Washington, D.C., New York, and Los Angeles. For more information on the IABA, please visit

Media Contact: Robert S. Babayi 202-344-4045

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