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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.

    April 15, 2016


    PANAMA PAPERS Host Carol Castiel talks with guests Porter McConnell, Director of the Financial Transparency Coalition and Will Fitzgibbon, a reporter at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists about the ramifications of the “Panama Papers,” a trove of leaked documents which contain details of thousands of opaque offshore companies, trusts and foundations connected to leaders from around the world who wish to avoid taxes, hide corruption, or avoid sanctions.

    April 08, 2016


    CRISIS IN BRAZIL Paulo Sotero, Director of the Brazil Institute at the Wilson Center, and Eric Farnsworth, Vice President of the Americas Society and Council of the Americas, discuss with host Carol Castiel the significance and broad implications of the political and economic crisis engulfing Brazil as a corruption scandal threatens the rule of President Dilma Rousseff in the run-up to the Olympic Games.

    April 01, 2016


    EU AFTER BRUSSELS Benjamin Haddad, Research Fellow in European and Transatlantic Affairs at the Hudson Institute and Leo Michel, Senior Fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council, discuss the fallout from the Brussels terror attacks with host Carol Castiel and whether or not the tragedy will spark a unified push to improve intelligence sharing and security among member states.

    March 25, 2016


    OBAMA IN CUBA Ian Vásquez, Director of the Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity at the Cato Institute and William LeoGrande, Professor of Government at American University and author of “Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana,” discuss with host Carol Castiel the significance and implications of President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Cuba. Listen for it on Encounter this Saturday and Sunday on the Voice of America!

    March 18, 2016


    EU-TURKEY: TABLES TURNED? Is the EU turning a blind eye to Turkey’s increasingly authoritarian actions in exchange for Ankara’s help in stemming the flow of refugees to Europe? Kadir Ustun, Executive Director of The Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA) in Washington and Nicholas Danforth, Senior Policy Analyst in the National Security Program at the Bipartisan Policy Center, discuss with host Carol Castiel the shift in the balance of power between Turkey and Europe as the EU plays down criticism of Ankara’s crackdown on freedom of expression and other alleged human rights abuses.

    March 11, 2016


    US SUPREME COURT AFTER SCALIA Host Carol Castiel talks with John Malcolm, Director of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at the Heritage Foundation, and Alan Morrison, Constitutional Law Professor and Associate Dean for Public Interest & Public Service at George Washington University Law School, about the politics and substance of nominating a successor to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, whose sudden death in President Obama’s last year in office, has magnified the stakes in the upcoming presidential election.

    March 04, 2016


    SUPER TUESDAY This week Allan Lichtman, author and Distinguished Professor of History at American University and John Fortier, Director of the Democracy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center, discuss the implications of Super Tuesday and the course of the race to the 2016 White House. Host Carol Castiel and this week’s experts unpack how an enigmatic real estate mogul rose in the ranks and is now poised to scoop up the GOP nomination. What can the nation expect in the 2016 general elections?

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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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    Issues in the news -Prominent Washington correspondents discuss topics making headlines around the world.

    Press conference Host Carol Castiel and other panelists interview bestselling authors, analysts, politicians, U.S. government officials, ambassadors and foreign heads of state about critical issues facing the U.S. and the world.

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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)