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Brian Appleton Brian Appleton



Iran and Middle East Expert



Brian Appleton is author of two books on Iran and numerous articles in magazines as well as TV interviews for CREATV,Apadana TV, Rang a Rang and Markazi TV. Brian lived in Iran 5 years from 1974 to 1979 as well as spending summers there as early as 1966 and as recently as 2008. He has travelled extensively in the Middle East including Turkey, Afghanistan and Egypt.

Brian has written numeropus interviews of Iranian American film makers, philanthropists and authors for Persian Heritage Magazine and others. He has an MA in Ancient History and a BA in Anthropology graduating Phi Beta Kappa from GW University in 1972. Brian has served as a panelist in panel discussion groups at UCI, Harvard, MIT, Stanford University, UC Berkeley and the US Naval Academy in Annapolis.

He is a columnist for CASMII (Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Invasion of Iran) and a regular feature contributor to Zan Magazine, Iranian Times, Irandokht, Persian Mirror, Payvand News, Payam Javan, Pezhvak of Persia, Persian Heritage Magazine, Hack Writers, My life in Italy and others.

In addition to journalism and non fiction writing, he is also the author of numerous poetry.

Industry Expertise (1)

International Affairs

Areas of Expertise (3)

Iranian Cinematography



Accomplishments (4)

Knight of St Johns Hospitaler of Jerusalem (personal)

Knighted into the Sovereign Orthodox Order of St John Hospitaler of Jerusalem by Prince Oblensky in NYC

actor (professional)

Played role of Sir Robert Shirley in documentary titled "I Viaggi Di Pietro Della Vale" directed Parvin Ansary and funded by RAI/NIRT

Tales From The Zirzameen, Dorrance Publishers 2008 (professional)

Autobiography of my experiences in Iran before, during and after the revolution of 1979.

Shamshone, Sun of Assyria (professional)

Biography of an Iranian Assyrian family of emigres.

Education (2)

International University of Fundamental Studies, Oxford Network, St Petersburg, Russian Federation: MA, Ancient History 2008

thesis on influence of Buddhism on Gandahar sculpture in Afghanistan

George Washington University: BA, Anthropology 1972

Phi Beta Kappa 1972

Affiliations (1)

  • NIAC

Testimonials (1)

John Limbert, former Assistant Deputy Secretary of State for Iran Desk | Dept of State

A moving story, beautifully told. Brian Appleton has painted for us an exquisite portrait of the disappearing multi-ethnic society of the Middle East. He captures a reality that unfortunately threatens to vanish under the forces of intolerance and the drive for uniformity

Event Appearances (5)

Bam 6.6

UN Film Festival  San Francisco

Bam 6.6

screening  Stanford


ISAA author talk  UC Berkeley

Bam 6.6

screening  MIT

Bam 6.6

screening  US Naval Academy Anapolis

Sample Talks (1)

Tales From The Zirzameen

my book talk



  • Keynote
  • Moderator
  • Panelist
  • Author Appearance


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