COVID-19 Global Updates

On April 18th, Iran, began to formally open up “low-risk economic activities,” including major shopping centers such as the Grand Bazaar. Despite concerns that this will increase infection rates in the country, the decision was made to stimulate the economy. Iran already suffered a 20 percent youth unemployment rate prior to the outbreak and a reported […]

Shabnam Rezaei: Educating Children Responsibly through Inclusive Entertainment

This month, the Iranian-American Chamber of Commerce spoke with Shabnam Rezaei, co-founder of Big Bad Boo Studios, a children’s production company, and Oznoz, a subscription video on demand (SVOD) platform which features over 200 cartoon shows in 10 different languages, including many quality shows in Persian for Iranian-American families. Inspired by her Iranian heritage and […]

Did You Know? Spotlight on Iranian-American Student Organizations: Emory University

Iranian-American organizations at universities across the country flourish because of the young generation’s commitment and dedication to their heritage and communities. These communities are often started from the ground-up and require hard work and a strong love for Iranian culture. This can be seen no better than at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia through their […]

OFAC Issues Fact Sheet Related to COVID-19 and Sanctions Programs

On April 16, 2020, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a Fact Sheet ​highlighting the most relevant exemptions, exceptions, and authorizations for humanitarian assistance and trade under the Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, Syria, Cuba, and Ukraine/Russia-related​ sanctions programs. The Fact Sheet outlines specific guidance for OFAC-administered sanctions programs related to personal protective equipment […]

First Shipments Made Under Europe’s INSTEX Mechanism

In a joint statement at the end of January 2019, the foreign ministers of France, Germany and the United Kingdom (known as the “E3”) announced the creation of the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX), in an effort to preserve the JCPOA. INSTEX is a special purpose vehicle aimed at facilitating non-dollar trade between […]

Did You Know? Introducing the Persian Student Organization of Minnesota (PSOM)

Iranian-American groups emerge in every crevice of the country, from coast to coast. This can be seen in Minneapolis at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and their Persian Student Organization of Minnesota – known as PSOM. Leading the organization as co-president is Leyla Taghizadeh, a sophomore majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Spanish. PSOM […]

IABA D.C. Chapter Provides Legal Accessibility for Iranian-Americans in the DMV

The Iranian American Bar Association (IABA) was founded in D.C. in 2000 to educate the Iranian-American community on legal issues and ensure Iranian-American representation in the broader community. The IABA has since grown to become a nationwide organization. This month, the Iranian-American Chamber of Commerce spoke with Dr. Golnoosh Hakimdavar, President of the IABA D.C. […]

The Launch of the Swiss Humanitarian Trade Arrangement

The May 8, 2018 decision by the Trump Administration to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action did not terminate existing sanctions exceptions and authorizations for humanitarian trade with Iran. However, the decision, along with further sanctions and uncertainty, had a chilling effect on the willingness of international banks to facilitate these otherwise legitimate […]

U.S.-Iran Scientific Collaboration Explores Patterns in the Spread of COVID-19

In early March, researchers in Iran (Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences and Shiraz University of Medical Sciences) and the U.S. (Institute of Human Virology, a Global Virus Network Center of Excellence, and University of Maryland College Park) collaborated to issue a scientific paper examining seasonal patterns in the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 […]