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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 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.

    January 29, 2016


    BEHIND PAKISTANI EXTREMISM In light of the recent terror attack that killed 20 at Bacha Khan University, Lisa Curtis, senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation’s Asian Studies Center and Michael Kugelman, Senior Associate for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, tackle the causes and consequences of Pakistan’s persistent extremism with host Carol Castiel.

    January 22, 2016


    THE STATE OF ISIS In the wake of recent terrorist attacks in Turkey and Indonesia in which the so-called Islamic State claimed responsibility, Nussaibah Younis, Resident Senior Fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at Atlantic Council and Harleen Gambhir, Counterterrorism Analyst specializing in ISIS at the Institute for the Study of War, discuss with host Carol Castiel the gains and setbacks in the global battle to contain ISIS, including the fallout from the Iran nuclear deal.

    January 15, 2016


    IRAN - SAUDI RIFT New York Times Middle East correspondent and author, Robert Worth, and Hussein Ibish, Senior Resident Scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, discuss with host Carol Castiel the reasons behind and implications of the growing power and sectarian struggle between two regional powerhouses Iran and Saudi Arabia.

    January 08, 2016


    US CONGRESS 2016 John Fortier, Director of the Democracy Project at the Bi-Partisan Policy Center and Igor Volsky, Deputy Director at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, spar over the politics and substance of President Obama’s recent executive actions on gun safety and the GOP-controlled Congress’ attempt to repeal Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act. They also assess the fortunes of the Democratic and Republican presidential contenders in the run-up to the Iowa state caucuses and the New Hampshire primary with host Carol Castiel.

    January 01, 2016


    2016 FOREIGN POLICY PRIORITIES From the campus of Georgetown University, host Carol Castiel talks with Anthony Clark Arend, Professor of Government and Foreign Service and George Little, former assistant to the US Secretary of Defense, currently a Partner in the Brunswick Group, about the major foreign policy and national security challenges facing President Barack Obama in the last year of his final term in office.

    December 25, 2015


    BEST OF 2015 On this special edition of Encounter --- we present excerpts from discussions on key international and domestic stories during 2015. From the terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, to the rise of the so-called Islamic State, the migrant crisis and the kickoff of the US presidential campaign, host Carol Castiel highlights the stories that dominated the headlines in 2015.

    December 18, 2015


    EU PROJECT IN JEOPARDY The refugee crisis and the terrorist attacks in Paris are fueling the rise of right-wing nationalist movements across Europe, potentially undermining the unity of the European Union and its system of open borders. On this edition of Encounter, host Carol Castiel speaks with Alina Polyakova, Associate Director of the Eurasia Center at The Atlantic Council, and Ivan Vejvoda, Senior Vice President of Programs at The German Marshall Fund of the United States, about the many economic, social and political challenges facing the European Union.

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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)