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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.

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August 17, 2012

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John Fortier, Director of the Democracy Project at the Bi-Partisan Policy Center and David Wasserman, editor for The Cook Political Report, speak with host Carol Castiel about Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s choice of running mate Paul Ryan and how it might affect this year’s presidential and congressional elections.


August 10, 2012

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Peter Pham, Director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council and John Campbell, a former US ambassador to Nigeria, currently the Ralph Bunche senior fellow for Africa policy studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, analyze the themes and discuss the significance of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s recent trip to nine African countries with host Carol Castiel.


August 03, 2012

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In the wake of the mass shooting at a movie theatre in the state of Colorado which took 12 lives and injured 58, John Velleco, Director of Federal Affairs at Gun Owners of America, and Donna Cooper, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, spar over the pros and cons of stricter gun control laws in the United States with host Carol Castiel.


July 27, 2012

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Nathan Freed Wessler, National Security Fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union and Thomas Lynch, distinguished research fellow at the National Defense University spar over the legal, political and ethical ramifications of the US drone program in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia with host Carol Castiel.


July 20, 2012

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The radical Islamist group Boko Haram is increasingly engaged in more frequent and deadly attacks in Nigeria and may have links to international terrorist groups. On this edition of Encounter, Host Carol Castiel explores the origins and growth of Boko Haram, its links to other extremist groups, and the US and Nigerian governments’ efforts to address the root causes of the violence with Peter Pham, Director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council and Lauren Blanchard Ploch, Africa Analyst at the Congressional Research Service.


July 13, 2012

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The euphoria surrounding South Sudan’s independence from the north one year ago has given way to a more somber mood as unresolved disputes over borders and oil revenues continue to bedevil both Juba and Khartoum. Ambassador David Shinn, former US ambassador to Ethiopia and Burkina Faso and Jonathan Temin, Director of the Sudan Program at the US Institute for Peace, analyze the major internal and external challenges that both countries face and explore obstacles to and prospects for lasting peace with host Carol Castiel.


July 06, 2012

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On this edition of the program, what are the political, social and legal ramifications of Same Sex Marriage in the United States? What’s the view from overseas? Host Carol Castiel explores the controversial issue with Jo Deutsch, an advocate of gay marriage, and Janice Crouse, an opponent of same sex marriage.


June 29, 2012

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In the aftermath of a landmark Supreme Court decision on the state of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, Ali Noorani, Executive Director for the National Immigration Forum and Israel Ortega, Spanish Media Associate at the Heritage Foundation spar over the substance and politics of immigration reform in this election year.


June 22, 2012

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Nathan Freed Wessler, National Security Fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union and Thomas Lynch, distinguished research fellow at the National Defense University spar over the legal, political and ethical ramifications of the controversial US drone program in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia with host Carol Castiel.


June 15, 2012

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A military coup in March toppled the civilian government in Bamako and an alliance between Tuareg rebels and Islamists groups in the North declared a breakaway state in April. Can Mali be re-united? Is the North becoming a breeding ground for Islamist militants from Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb to Boko Haram from Nigeria? J.Peter Pham, Director of the Africa Program at the Atlantic Council and Alexis Arieff, Africa and Maghreb analyst at the Congressional Research Service, discuss the roots of the Malian crisis and regional efforts to resolve it with host Carol Castiel.


June 09, 2012

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Tensions are rising between Beijing and Washington in the disputed and potentially energy-rich waters of the South China Sea. As the United States “pivots” toward the Asia Pacific region, Patrick Cronin, Senior Advisor in the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security and Richard Cronin, Director of the Southeast Asia Program at the Stimson Center, discuss the reasons behind the tensions and what’s at stake in these strategic waters with Host Carol Castiel.


June 01, 2012

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The UN peace plan is effectively in tatters as the Assad regime continues to murder its citizens with impunity. Ambassador Ted Kattouf, former US Ambassador to Syria, now President of AMIDEAST, and David Schenker, Director of Arab Politics Program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, spar with host Carol Castiel over what other options are available to a divided international community to address the Syrian conundrum.


May 25, 2012

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AQAP is determined to strike the US homeland and is destabilizing an already fragile political order in Yemen. Danya Greenfield, Deputy Director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council and Thomas Lynch, distinguished research fellow at the National Defense University discuss the recent devastating attack by AQAP in the capital Sana’a, Yemen’s internal political challenges in a post-Saleh era and US strategy in Yemen with host Carol Castiel.


May 18, 2012

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What are the political, social and legal ramifications of same sex marriage in the United States? Host Carol Castiel explores the controversial question with Jo Deutsch, an advocate of same sex marriage, and Janice Crouse, an opponent of same sex marriage, in the wake of President Barack Obama’s watershed statement endorsing the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry.


May 11, 2012

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Charles Kupchan of the Council on Foreign Relations and Samuel Wells of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars debate the implications of the recent elections in France and Greece.


May 04, 2012

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Cedric Leighton, military intelligence expert & Stephen Tankel, professor at the American University & scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace discuss the threat from al Qaida, a year after Osama bin Laden's death.


April 27, 2012

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Carol Castiel hosts a panel of experts on opposite sides of a controversial issue.


April 20, 2012

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Carol Castiel hosts a panel of experts on opposite sides of a controversial issue.


April 14, 2012

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Eric Farnsworth of the Council of the Americas & Paulo Sotero of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars discuss the 6th Summit of the Americas and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff"s recent visit in Washington.


April 07, 2012

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Murhaf Jouejati of the National Defense University and member of the Syrian National Council & Graeme Bannerman of the Middle East Institute spar over the options as how to resolve the crisis in Syria.


April 02, 2012

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Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation & Ian Millhiser of the Center for American Progress discuss the constitutionality of President Obama's health care law which is being challenged in the US Supreme Court.

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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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