SCHERMER’S SELECTED WEB-BASED RESOURCES FOR TRAVELERS TO IRAN

Compiled by Douglas Schermer, Peace Corps Iran Association

doug@peacecorpsiran.org

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www.peacecorpsiran.org

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Peace Corps Iran Association’s website contains information for travelers to Iran including a list of travel organizers, videos from presentations at PCIA conferences, stories and videos from Iran Peace Corps Volunteers, back issues of KhabarNameh, the PCIA newsletter, and photos of Iran “then and now.”  These resources can be discovered by exploring the PCIA website.

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  • I suggest you begin your exploration here.  This page contains information about Iran and traveling to Iran as presented at the PCIA conference in Austin last May 2015. You might want to begin with the presentation by John Limbert or the travel session by Lorentz, Ricks, Meyer, and Nichols-Mahadi.  The video of Paul Barker’s presentation in Alaska provides a brief historical perspective.

  • Back issues of KhabarNameh contain information about Iran and Iran RPCVs.  One column, written by Doug Meyer, features information about Iran available on the WWW.  You will find the links in his column very interesting.

  • PCIA has encouraged Iran RPCVs to write stories from their experience in Iran.  At conferences there have been session at which authors have read their selections.  Some of these stories are located here.

  • Before you go, you may want to explore learning a bit of Farsi.  There are many websites with beginning Farsi lessons. I highly recommend the resources that can be found here.

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http://iranprimer.usip.org/

The Iran Primer

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“The Iran Primer: Power, Politics and U.S. Policy” is an unprecedented project by 50 of the world’s top scholars on Iran representing some 20 foreign policy think tanks, eight universities, and senior foreign policy officials from six U.S. administrations. The book has no single political perspective or agenda, as the authors approach the subjects with a wide range of views.

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They include scholars at the US Institute of Peace, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Council on Foreign Relations, Brookings Institution, Rand Corp, International Institute for Strategic Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Asia Society, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, American Enterprise Institute, the Institute for Science and International Security, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, New America Foundation, Stimson Center, Center for Naval Analyses, Nixon Center, The Century Foundation, International and Foreign Policy Institute (Berlin), the Foreign Policy Research Institute, and several universities, including Stanford, Michigan, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, Syracuse, and the U.S. Naval Academy.

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The book is also a living website project, as the entire book is available free on the web. It will also be constantly updated. The goal is to provide information about the many complex sides of a country with which the United States has not had relations for more than three decades.

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Rich Steves has been to Iran, too.  His video about his trip to Iran is on YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D61uriEGsIM

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http://www.presstv.ir/

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Press TV is an official English language website of the government in Iran.  You may find some of the content on this website interesting.

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https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=semnan+iran

I served in Semnan 1966-67.  YouTube contains several videos about Semnan, many of which were produced by Press TV.  You can search YouTube for each of the destinations on your tour and find a variety of videos, many of them by amateurs, which provide some visual images of Iran.  For example, here is one video about Persepolis.  Here is one by Press TV featuring Shiraz.  If you ignore the introduction to this video, you will see an excellent introduction to the beauty of Isfahan as presented by Press TV.  By the way, when you are in Isfahan, I recommend you visit shop of Hossein Fallahi, a Persian Miniaturist.  We proudly display works of his at our home.

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This will get you started.  But there is more.

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When you return, please send me 15 of your favorite photos.  If you wrote a journal, I would appreciate it if you would send that to me also.  I hope to post these on the Peace Corps Iran website.

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Thank you,

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Doug Schermer

doug@peacecorpsiran.org