America Abroad: Iran at the Crossroads

(Rochester, New York) – America Abroad, in collaboration with KCRW, presents an international town hall on Iran. America Abroad: Iran at the Crossroads, airing Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370, brings together experts, activists, Iranian diaspora communities, and social media voices inside Iran for a conversation on the country, its people and their future. The conversation explores what Iran's new leadership means for the future of the country, its nuclear weapons program, and relationship with the West, and for Iranians around the world.

The town hall was co-hosted by America Abroad's Madeleine Brand and BBC Persian Service anchorwoman Pooneh Ghodoosi.

Los Angeles panelists:

  • Jimmy Delshad, former Mayor of Beverly Hills and first Iranian-American to hold this position; and
  • Golnaz Esfandiari, Senior Correspondent in Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Central Newsroom and editor of the award-winning Persian Letters blog

London panelists:

  • Sharan Tabari, Iranian-British journalist and politician who served for two terms as a Labour party councilor for the City of Westminster; and
  • Rahim Bandoui, a leader and spokesman for the Congress of Nationalities for a Federal Iran, which advocates for the rights of non-Persian minorities, including Azeris, Kurds, Arabs, Turkmen, and Balochs.


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