NEW YORK, September 24, 2013 - Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan, discusses the impending withdrawal of international forces from his country, and the upcoming presidential election, with John Hockenberry, host of public radio's The Takeaway. Tom Freston introduces the program. (1 hr., 5 min.)
Tom Freston is a Principal of Firefly3, an investment and consultancy firm focusing on the media and entertainment industries. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of Viacom Inc., where he also served as Chief Operating Officer. For seventeen years, Mr. Freston was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MTV Networks, MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1, Comedy Central, and other networks.
Prior to that, Mr. Freston ran a textile business in Afghanistan and India. Currently, he is Board Chairman of the ONE Campaign, an advocacy organization to fight extreme poverty and serves on the boards of DreamWorks Animation, Moby Media in Afghanistan, Vice Media in New York and is also a Trustee of The Asia Society. He was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2005 Mr. Freston was cited in the TIME magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World" issue. He has received many industry honors and awards. Mr. Freston writes a monthly travel column "On the Road" for Vanity Fair.
John Hockenberry is an award-winning journalist with twenty-five years experience in radio, broadcast television and print. He is the host of WNYC and PRI’s The Takeaway, a correspondent for PBS Frontline, and a noted presenter and moderator at conferences such at TED, Aspen Ideas, and the World Science Festival.
Dr. Zalmai Rassoul is Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, serving in that position since January 2010. In this capacity, he has accompanied President Hamid Karzai on all official visits. Previously he was National Security Advisor and before the establishment of the current Afghan government he worked to convene the 2002 Emergency Loya Jirga (Grand Assembly), which set forth many of the conditions for Afghanistan's political transition.