Welcome Paul Barker (Bidokht, Shiraz, Tehran, 1971-76) as editor of the Advocacy Bulletin. A main focus of this issue deals with the JCPOA and efforts to support continuance of this “deal.” He has provided an update on these efforts. You can download this issue by clicking here.
The Cyrus Cylinder(abpve) استوانه کوروش or Cyrus Charter منشور کوروش was discovered under the foundation of a Babylonian palace in 1879, making it perhaps the oldest time capsule on record. It commemorates Cyrus’ victory over Babylonia in 539 BC and sets out the rights of subjects in his expanding empire. It is often commemorated as the oldest charter of human rights in the world.
RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE JCPOA, THE “IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL”
At a plenary session of the Peace Corps Iran Association conference in Annapolis (October 2017) there was wide interest in publicly supporting the Nuclear Agreement. In response, members of the PCIA Advocacy Committee prepared a resolution that was then reviewed and approved by the Board of Directors. The resolution received overwhelming support when presented to the conference participants as a whole. This resolution conveys to Congressional representatives, other leaders, and the American public our strong commitment to diplomacy, international cooperation, and peaceful resolution of conflict.
We thank the members of the PCIA Advocacy Committee for their work on the resolution. PCIA depends on motivated volunteers. The only requirement in joining the Advocacy Committee is commitment to Peace Corps values and willingness to put these values to good use.
The full text of the resolution can be downloaded here.
You can download the November 2017 From the Field e-newsletter here.
You can download the October 2017 From the Field e-newsletter here.
As a very concerned Iran RPCV, I am forwarding to you the most recent summary by The Iran Project about the Consequences of President Trump decertifying the Iran Nuclear Deal. With reports about the President’s tendency to speak out about the agreement – commonly referred to as the JCPOA – as being a “bad deal” and categorizing Iran as indistinguishable from North Korea, I can think of no other issue in the 38 years since the 1979 Islamic Revolution that we as Iran RPCVs should speak out about. If there was ever a time for us to write, call, and set up meetings with our Senators and Congressional Representatives, it is now and on this issue. The alternative to monitoring Iran’s compliance and opening constructive dialogue and more diplomacy is a downward spiral of sanctions and more weapons sold to Saudi Arabia by American arms corporations ” to counter Iran’s growing influence”.
The Iran Project is a non-profit think tank in New York City whose members are senior former diplomats and security experts who have as their primary mission to speak and advocate for diplomatic and peaceful relations with Iran. They co-sponsor many informational events with the Atlantic Council’s Iran Initiative to educate Americans and others about current issues including the JCPOA. There are few organizations more expert on things Iranian. They are the RPCV’s of the State Department exercising their own Third Goal.
Please consider taking the time to reach out to your neighbors, Senators, and Congressmen to educate them about the real Iran you know and with which we should be encouraging dialogue to support Iranian moderates, not rattling swords and emboldening the Trumps of Iran.
You can read the Iran Project posting by clicking here.
In this issue Tom Huf discusses the JCPOA.
It requires recertification every 90 days by the President that Iran is in compliance with the provisions of the JCPOA. So far, President Trump has recertified this agreement twice despite his assertion that it was a “bad deal” for the US. October 15 is the next deadline for this recertification. Some sources have stated that the National Security Advisors from security-related organizations in Washington have recommended to President Trump that he continue to certify compliance. All the other P5+1 countries agree that Iran is in compliance.