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Join host Carol Castiel for this 30-minute weekly newsmaker program that provides listeners around the globe with information and insights on a wide range of topics spanning U.S. politics, foreign policy, global health, science and culture. Carol and other panelists interview bestselling authors, analysts, U.S. government officials, ambassadors and foreign heads of state about critical issues.

May 24, 2014

Press Conference USA

JOHN LENCZOWSKI, THE INSTITUTE OF WORLD POLITICS In the run-up to elections in Ukraine, host Carol Castiel and VOA senior news analyst Andre DeNesnera talk with John Lenczowski, Founder and President of the Institute of World Politics, formerly advisor on European and Soviet Affairs during the Reagan administration, about the ramifications of Russia’s information war in Eastern Ukraine. Moscow’s tight control and monopoly over mainstream media allows it to foment instability through the dissemination of propaganda and disinformation. Lenczowski asserts that Putin’s aggression in Ukraine is connected to his need to preserve internal security in Russia.  

May 17, 2014

Press Conference USA

AMBASSADOR MARC GINSBERG A candid conversation with Ambassador Marc Ginsberg, former US Ambassador to Morocco, currently CEO of OneVoice, an organization which aims to amplify the voices of mainstream Palestinians and Israelis to achieve a two-state solution. Ambassador Ginsberg analyzes the factors that contributed to the recent collapse of the US-mediated peace talks and discusses the work and impact of the OneVoice Movement Foundation.

May 10, 2014

Press Conference USA

THE HONORABLE JAN SCHAKOWSKY (D-IL) On this edition of the program – a conversation with Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Democrat from the state of Illinois. A member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Schakowsky discusses a wide range of domestic and foreign policy issues from sexual violence against women in the United States, to the abduction of school girls in Nigeria to US policy vis-à-vis Ukraine, Iran and the Middle East. 

May 03, 2014

Press Conference USA

DINAW MENGESTU On this edition of the program, host Carol Castiel talks with award-winning author Dinaw Mengestu, about his most recent novel “All Our Names.”  The Ethiopian born Mengestu discusses the characters and themes in this political novel, which deftly and creatively explores universal questions of identity, love, race, and revolution against the backdrop of post-colonial Africa and the post-civil rights movement in the United States.

April 26, 2014

Press Conference USA

MICHAEL GREEN / PRESIDENT OBAMA IN ASIA On this edition of the program, a conversation with Michael Green, Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He talks with host Carol Castiel about President Obama’s four-nation tour of Asia where he will try to convince allies that Washington is committed to its "rebalancing" in the Pacific. He discusses prospects for finalizing the Transpacific Partnership Initiative (TPP), territorial disputes between China and Japan/Philippines, and the significance of the region for US strategic interests.  

April 19, 2014

Press Conference USA

H.E. MARINA KALJURAND, AMBASSADOR OF ESTONIA TO THE UNITED STATES On this edition of the program, a wide-ranging conversation with Estonian Ambassador to the U.S., Marina Kaljurand, about Russia's provocative moves in Ukraine – from the annexation of Crimea to its backing of separatists in the East. Estonia is a member of both the European Union and NATO. Ambassador Kaljurand tells host Carol Castiel that Moscow's actions constitute a blatant violation of international and legal norms and she worries about implications for Estonia and other Baltic states, which have sizeable Russian minorities. Ambassador Kaljurand discusses what might be motivating Moscow's behavior and comments on the response to Russia's actions by the United States, the EU and NATO.

April 12, 2014

Press Conference USA

AMBASSADOR PAULA DOBRIANSKY On this edition of the program, a conversation with Ambassador Paula Dobriansky, Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University and former Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs. She talks with host Carol Castiel about ramifications of the crisis in Ukraine, US-Russian relations, energy and national security, US climate change policy and the critical role women are playing in Afghanistan in the wake of the first democratic transfer of power. 

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Carol Castiel

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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