The Impact of Sanctions on Iranian Artists and the Persian Rug Trade

Crippling sanctions on Iran not only impact Iran’s arts and crafts industry, but also have a spillover impact on Iranian-American businesses in the United States. Sanctions have limited Iranian artists’ opportunities to display their works in U.S. galleries, and have impacted American-owned rug businesses in the U.S., as well as overall consumer tastes. While the […]

Changes in E-Visa Investment Law for Iranian Investors

On October 3, 2018, the Trump Administration announced the U.S. would withdraw from the 1955 Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights with Iran. On January 23, 2020, the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced that due to the treaty’s termination, Iranian nationals are no longer eligible for E-1 treaty trader and E-2 […]

Did You Know? Spotlight on Iranian-American Student Organizations: Texas A&M University

This month’s “Did You Know?” is part of a series highlighting Iranian-American student organizations across the United States. The Chamber invites you to get to know these students and groups, who represent the next generation of rising Iranian-American stars. All around the nation, young Iranian-Americans have created their own tight-knit communities to help bring their […]

Did You Know? Introducing the Iranian Cultural Society at Johns Hopkins University

This article is part of a series highlighting community-building efforts by Iranian American students across the U.S. Iranian-American student groups at universities around the country are connected by a common goal of creating more passionate, resilient, and tight-knit Iranian-American communities. This pursuit for unity is seen at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, through its […]

Coronavirus and the Global Economy

Two months have passed since an outbreak of coronavirus was reported in the city of Wuhan in China. As of the end of February 2020, over 85,000 cases have been confirmed. The number of deaths attributable to the disease already has surpassed the number of deaths that resulted from the 2003 SARS outbreak (about 800 […]

Millennial Iranian-American Responses to Rising Tensions and Conflict

It would be an understatement to say that the past few weeks have been stressful for Iranians around the world. For many young Iranian-Americans throughout the U.S., the recent events have sparked a new yet familiar anxiety about their country of origin.   Among these young Iranian-Americans is Saman Jabari, a senior at the University […]

January 2020 Executive Order Imposing Additional Sanctions on Iran

On January 10, 2020, President Trump issued an Executive Order titled, “Imposing Sanctions with Respect to Additional Sectors of Iran.” This Executive Order explicitly targets the construction, mining, manufacturing, and textiles sectors of Iran’s economy, and leaves the door open for the addition of new sectors. The Order authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury, in […]

U.S. House of Representatives Passes “No War Against Iran Act” By Vote of 228-175

On January 30, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.5543, known as the “No War Against Iran Act.” The measure was introduced by Representative Ro Khanna of California’s 17th congressional district, which covers the San Francisco Bay area, and passed by a vote of 228-175. The legislation blocks funding for military force in or […]