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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.

February 22, 2014

Press Conference USA


A conversation with Angela Stent, Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies and Professor of Government and Foreign Services at Georgetown and former advisor on Russian and Eurasian affairs during the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations. With unique insights as both historian and practitioner, Stent talks with host Carol Castiel and VOA senior news analyst Andre DeNesnera about her latest book, “The Limits of Partnership: US-Russian Relations in the Twenty-First Century,” as well as the significance of the battle over the future of Ukraine.

February 15, 2014

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Iraq has been wracked by levels of violence unseen since 2008. Host Carol Castiel speaks with Sarhang Hamasaeed, an Iraq specialist at the U.S. Institute of Peace, about the many factors behind the resurgence of al Qaida in Iraq and the growing sectarian divide between the Sunni and Shiite communities. Hamasaeed tells VOA that Washington must not only bolster Iraqi security forces but also assist Prime Minister Nouri al – Maliki and his Shiite-dominated government in addressing the political grievances of the minority Sunni community, at the root of recent tensions. Hamasaeed also previews crucial nationwide elections in April.

February 08, 2014

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On this edition of the program, a conversation with Ambassador Richard LeBaron, Senior Fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at The Atlantic Council and former US Ambassador to Kuwait. He talks with host Carol Castiel and Senior Middle East Correspondent Meredith Buel about the changing geopolitical landscape in the Middle East as a result of the potential nuclear agreement with Iran, the conflict in Syria and the tumultuous aftermath of the so-called Arab Spring.

February 01, 2014

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On this edition of the program, host Carol Castiel and VOA Senior Reporter, Mohamed Elshinnawi, talk with Daniel Serwer, Professor of Conflict Management at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, about the latest political developments in Egypt, and about his recent unorthodox book: “Righting the Balance: How You Can Help Protect America.”

January 25, 2014

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Though everyone wants to be happier, how many of us can actually define what that means? Host Carol Castiel, and Anna Zalewski, booker and producer for VOA’s Current Affairs programs, speak with Tal Ben-Shahar, author and professor of positive psychology, about the nature of happiness and what steps each of us can take to become happier.

January 18, 2014

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On this edition of the program – a conversation with Marwan Muasher, Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former foreign minister of Jordan. Host Carol Castiel speaks with him about his recently published book “The Second Arab Awakening and the Battle for Pluralism” as well as elicits views on Syria, prospects for Israeli-Palestinian talks, and the growing Shiite – Sunni divide in the Middle East.

January 11, 2014

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Host Carol Castiel and Chief of VOA’s Hausa Service, Leo Keyen, talk with Ambassador John Campbell, former US Ambassador to Nigeria, currently Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, about the root causes and implications of the conflicts in South Sudan and the Central African Republic as well as the ongoing insurgencies in Mali and Northern Nigeria.

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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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