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

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    Friday July 29, 2016

    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.

    July 22, 2016


    RNC ANALYSIS / John Fortier, Director of the Democracy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center and Jim Kessler, Senior Vice President for Policy at Third Way, discuss with host Carol Castiel the race for the White House and analyze the tone and results of the Republican National Convention where real estate mogul Donald Trump was formally elected as the 2016 Republican presidential candidate.

    July 15, 2016


    AFTER DALLAS / Sam Fulwood, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, and Anthony Cook, Professor at Georgetown University Law School and author of “The Least of These: Race, Law and Religion in American Culture,” join host Carol Castiel to discuss the fallout from the recent attack on Dallas police by a black Army veteran who was angry over police killings of two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota. The events added urgency to a national debate over racial bias in law enforcement.

    July 08, 2016


    A WAVE OF TERROR / Blaise Misztal, Director of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s National Security Program, and Nussaibah Younis, Resident Senior Fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council, join host Carol Castiel to discuss the causes and consequences of the spate of terror attacks in Istanbul, Baghdad, Dhaka, and Medina, which were either inspired or perpetrated by the so-called Islamic State Group.

    July 01, 2016


    NATO SUMMIT PREVIEW / Derek Chollet, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, now counselor and senior advisor for security and defense policy at The German Marshall Fund of the United States, and Jeffrey Rathke, senior fellow and deputy director of the Europe Program at The Center for Strategic and International Studies, preview with host Carol Castiel the upcoming NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland and examine how Great Britain’s recent vote to leave the European Union might affect the NATO alliance.

    June 24, 2016


    AFTER ORLANDO / P.J. Crowley, former Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs and Professor and Distinguished Fellow at George Washington University, and James Jay Carafano, Vice President of the Heritage Foundation, discuss the possible motives and serious consequences of the recent terror attack/hate crime at a gay night club in Orlando where 49 people and the shooter were killed as well as implications for national security policy and gun safety reform.

    June 17, 2016


    BREXIT Will Britain remain in or leave the European Union? Robin Simcox, Senior Fellow specializing in terrorism and national security analysis at The Heritage Foundation, and David Rennie, Washington Bureau Chief and Lexington Columnist for The Economist Magazine, discuss Britain’s upcoming referendum and the implications for Britain, Europe and the world with host Carol Castiel.

    June 10, 2016


    AFTER THE CALIFORNIA PRIMARY For the first time in American history a woman will be a major party's nominee. Hillary Clinton captured enough pledged delegates to win the Democratic nomination for President. As the Republican and Democratic primary contests come to an end after California, John Fortier, Director of the Democracy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center and Olivier Knox, Chief Washington Correspondent at Yahoo News, discuss with host Carol Castiel the state of play in the race for the White House.

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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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    Meet Our Host
    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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    Anthony Clark Arend, Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and George Little, former assistant to the US Secretary of Defense, currently a Partner in the Brunswick Group discuss U.S. foreign policy priorities for 2016.  (December 23, 2015)