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Join host Carol Castiel each week as she and two advocates from the world of politics, public policy, or academia discuss and debate a critical issue in the news, bringing depth, perspective, and insight to the world around us. Issues that affect our lives and global stability are debated in a free-wheeling, unscripted discussion of fact and opinion.


August 29, 2014

Encounter

AFGHAN ELECTION CRISIS Lisa Curtis, senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation’s Asian Studies Center and Ambassador Omar Samad, former Afghan Ambassador to France and Canada, currently senior Central Asia Fellow at the New American Foundation, discuss the roots and implications of the election crisis in Afghanistan where two candidates are locked in a standoff over the outcome of the June 2014 runoff with host Carol Castiel.


August 22, 2014

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FERGUSON CASE A shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri has sparked a debate over the use of excessive force by local police and racial profiling in America. Sam Fulwood III, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and Anthony E. Cook, Professor of Law at Georgetown University, discuss with host Carol Castiel the underlying political, economic and racial factors, which may have triggered the shooting and subsequent protests.


August 15, 2014

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IRAQ CRISIS Edmund Ghareeb, Professor and Mustafa Barzani Scholar for Global Kurdish Studies at American University, and Faysal Itani, Resident Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, discuss the impact of US military, political and humanitarian efforts to stop the advance of ISIL, and the prospects for Iraqi prime minister designate, Haider al-Abadi, to create a more inclusive government, considered a political pre-requisite for defeating ISIL.


August 08, 2014

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US - AFRICA SUMMIT Ambassador Herman “Hank” Cohen, former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, and David Shinn, former ambassador to Ethiopia & Burkina Faso, discuss the significance and outcomes of the historic US-Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington with host Carol Castiel.


August 01, 2014

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ISRAEL - HAMAS   On this edition of the program Natan Sachs, Fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy at The Brookings Institution, and Said Arikat, Washington Correspondent and Political Analyst for the Jerusalem based Al Quds Daily Newspaper, discuss the roots of the current hostilities between Israel and Hamas, each side’s motivations and demands, and prospects for reaching a ceasefire leading to a long-term political settlement with host Carol Castiel.


July 25, 2014

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MALAYSIAN AIRLINER -- UKRAINE/RUSSIA   On this edition of the program William Pomeranz, Deputy Director of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Jeffrey Mankoff, Deputy Director and Fellow in the Russia and Eurasia program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, discuss with host Carol Castiel the political fallout from the downing of the Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine as evidence increasingly points to Russian complicity.


July 18, 2014

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U.S. BORDER AND IMMIGRATION   On this edition of the program we welcome, Eric Farnsworth, Vice President of the Council of the Americas and Americas Society, and Jerry Kammer, Senior Research Fellow at the Center of Immigration Studies to discuss the rising number of unaccompanied minors migrating from Central America to the US, and how it has changed the political debate on immigration reform in the United States, with host Doug Bernard.

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This Week's Featured Video: Host Carol Castiel talks to Georgetown University Professors Ambassador Mark Lagon and  Professor Tony Arend about the US foreign policy priorities for 2014.    (January 5, 2014)


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As Director of Current Affairs Programming in VOA's English Division, Carol Castiel is responsible for producing Press Conference USA, Encounter, and Issues in the News.  Carol moderates and produces Press Conference USA and Encounter. She also oversees the production of Issues in the News, VOA’s roundup of the week’s top stories by distinguished Washington journalists.

Before joining the Voice of America, Carol was a consultant/freelance journalist specializing in the promotion of trade and investment between the United States and Africa. She was also a contributing editor to the London-based West Africa Magazine. Carol is fluent in Portuguese, French, and Spanish. She holds an M.A. degree in International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Host Carol Castiel talks to Georgetown University Professors Ambassador Mark Lagon and  Professor Tony Arend about the US foreign policy priorities for 2014.    (January 5, 2014)
 
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