As we said before, VOA Farsi has changed its director But who is the new director? Asgar that his full name is Ramin Asgard , is an Iranian-American that has worked about two decades for the U.S. Department of State. Ramin Asgard is currently the highest ranking Iranian American career Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. He recently served as a Political Advisor to General David Petraeus and General James Mattis at the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) in Tampa, Florida. Prior to joining CENTCOM, Ramin Asgard served as Director of the Iran Regional Presence Office in Dubai ! (like Ali Sajadi ?!), the U.S. Government’s primary field operation concerning Iran. Apparently Ramia Asgard, who served as head of an Iran watch office in Dubai (like Ali Sajadi ?!) , did not seek the position but was offered it after several others turned VOA down or were deemed unsuitable, according to a source with knowledge of the process
Prior to joining the Department of State, Ramin Asgard practiced law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He received his J.D. degree from Tulane University, his M.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and his B.A., from Temple University. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2010, PAAIA had Ramin Asgard as a mentor in its Mentorship Program.
The Voice of America (VOA), which first went on the air in 1942, is an international multimedia broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. On February, Ramin Asgard, an Iranian-American took the helm of the VOA Farsi. Apparently VOA executives said it was the first time since the waning days of the Cold War that a non-journalist has assumed such an important position in U.S. government-funded broadcasting. VOA management said that has had difficulty finding the right person to run the sprawling service, which has one hit show – a “Daily Show” clone called “Static” or “Parazit” in Farsi – but has been riven by disputes among its staff over what vision of Iran’s political future to promote. Some members of Congress as well as some Iranian expatriates have complained that VOA Farsi is too critical of U.S. policy and too accommodating to Tehran Some Iranians say: “The heads of VOA think they need to protect themselves against Congress and he [Asgard] checked some of the right boxes”. But we should wait and see.