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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.

November 16, 2013

Press Conference USA


Host Carol Castiel speaks with former Policy Planning Director at the US Department of State and current President and CEO of the New America Foundation, Anne-Marie Slaughter, about the substance and direction of US foreign policy under President Obama including US policy toward Syria, Iran and the greater Middle East as well as her thoughts about work-life balance and priorities for the New America Foundation.

November 09, 2013

Press Conference USA


Host Carol Castiel, and VOA’s Frances Alonzo, host of “Women Rising,” speak with Algerian-American researcher and Law professor Karima Bennoune, about her recently published book “Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories From the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism.”   Karima gives voice to everyday people from a broad cross-section of Muslim majority countries in North Africa, South Asia and the Middle East who are creatively and non-violently fighting against Muslim fundamentalists who distort their faith for political ends. Via her stories, Karima demonstrates what ordinary people around the world can do to combat violent extremism and sexism whether it emanates from Islam, Christianity or Judaism.

November 02, 2013

Press Conference USA


Guest host Jeffrey Young, VOA Washington correspondent, talks with H.E. Lukman Faily, Ambassador of Iraq to the United States, about the surge in violence wracking the country, US-Iraq relations, the spillover from the Syrian conflict, and Iraq’s relations with Iran.

October 26, 2013

Press Conference USA


William Galston, senior fellow in the Brookings Institution’s Governance Studies Program talks about the repercussions of the partial government shutdown for the future of the Republican Party and for President Obama’s second term agenda. He also tells host Carol Castiel and VOA Washington Correspondent Kent Klein that Republican opposition to “Obamacare,” President Obama’s signature health care law, exemplifies a fundamentally different vision of the role and scope of government and unease with the changing demographics of the United States.

October 19, 2013

Press Conference USA


On this edition of the program host Carol Castiel speaks with William Lawrence, former director of the International Crisis Group’s North Africa Project and currently professor of international affairs at George Washington University about the fragile political transitions in Tunisia and Libya. He discusses the reasons behind the increasing popularity of jihadi-salafism in the region as well as the underreported trend of entrepreneurship among the youth.

October 12, 2013

Press Conference USA


Host Carol Castiel speaks with Egyptian-American analyst Tarek Radwan Associate Director for Research at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East about the reasons behind and the implications of the Obama administration’s recent decision to curtail aid to Egypt.

October 05, 2013

Press Conference USA


On this edition of the program, Matthew Levitt, Director of the Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, talks with host Carol Castiel and Senior Middle East Correspondent Meredith Buel about his new book “Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of the Party of God,” which documents Hezbollah’s growing presence abroad and how that poses a challenge to global security.

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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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