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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.

October 03, 2014


U.S. - INDIA RELATIONS Michael Kugelman, Senior Program Associate for South and Southeast Asia at the Woodrow Wilson Center and Sadanand Dhume, Resident Fellow at The American Enterprise Institute discuss the significance and outcome of India Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Washington as well as prospects for stability under the new Afghan government, with host Carol Castiel.

September 26, 2014


EBOLA & ECONOMY/POLITICS Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President and Director for the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic & International Studies and Amadou Sy, Senior Fellow of the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution discuss the political and economic implications of the Ebola virus as it continues to devastate West Africa, with host Carol Castiel.

September 19, 2014


ISIL/MIDTERM ELECTIONS-John Fortier, Political Scientist and Director of the Democracy Project at the Bi-Partisan Policy Center and Igor Volsky, Managing Editor of at the Center for American Progress discuss U.S. politics, in particular Congress’s debate over the fight against ISIL as well the upcoming mid-term elections, with host Carol Castiel.

September 12, 2014


OBAMA - ISIL STRATEGY Paul Pillar, Professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University and Faysal Itani, resident fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at The Atlantic Council discuss the pros and cons of President Obama’s broad-based strategy to combat the ISIL threat, with host Carol Castiel.

September 05, 2014


OBAMA & THE WORLD-Philip J. Crowley, a fellow at the GWU’s Institute for Public Diplomacy & Global Communications, and Steven Bucci, Director of Douglas & Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy at the Heritage Foundation discuss President Obama’s handling of the US foreign policy at the time of emerging new threats and challenges, with host Doug Bernard.

August 29, 2014


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


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.

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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)

Carol Castiel

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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 U.S. foreign policy priorities for 2015.  (January 4, 2015)