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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.

April 05, 2014

Press Conference USA

RONALD MARKS / BITCOIN On this edition of the program, a conversation about the pros and cons of digital currency. Ronald Marks, Senior Fellow at George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute talks with host Carol Castiel and Doug Bernard, producer and reporter in VOA’s English Division, about the origins, purpose and future of Bitcoin, one of the most popular forms of digital currency.

March 29, 2014

Press Conference USA

ROBERT KAPLAN - AUTHOR AND SENIOR FELLOW AT CNAS On this edition of the program, a conversation with best-selling author, analyst and foreign correspondent, Robert Kaplan. He talks with host Carol Castiel and Senior VOA Reporter Mohamed Elshinnawi about his two most recent books:  “The Revenge of Geography” and “Asia’s Cauldron” and their relevance to current trends around the world.

March 22, 2014

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RUSSIA / CRIMEA - PROTEST MOVEMENTS & SOCIAL MEDIA On this edition of the program, a two-part conversation with Joshua Tucker, Professor of Politics and Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University and a co-Director of the NYU Social Media and Political Participation Laboratory. He talks with host Carol Castiel about the possible motivations behind and implications of Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine as well as the growing role and impact that Twitter and Facebook are having on mass protest movements from Ukraine to Turkey.

March 15, 2014

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TRITA PARSI, FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF NIAC On this edition of the program, a conversation with Trita Parsi, Founder and President of the National Iranian American Council and an expert on US-Iranian relations, Iranian foreign politics, and the geopolitics of the Middle East. He talks with host Carol Castiel 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. 

March 08, 2014

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AMBASSADOR ALBERTO FERNANDEZ, COORDINATOR, CSCC A conversation with Ambassador Alberto Fernandez, Coordinator of the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications at the US Department of State (CSCC), about how his office uses social media to combat al Qaida propaganda on the Internet. He tells host Carol Castiel that by using messages in Arabic, Urdu, Somali and other languages, CSCC exposes the gap between al Qaida’s words and actions.

March 01, 2014

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RACHED GHANNOUCHI / TUNISIA’S CONSTITUTION   A conversation with Rached Ghannouchi, co-founder and President of Tunisia’s Ennahda Movement. Host Carol Castiel and reporter and broadcaster in VOA’s French-to-Africa Service, Idrissa Fall, speak with Ghannouchi about the role his party played in drafting and ratifying Tunisia’s new Constitution, considered one of the most progressive in the region. Ghannouchi underscores his belief in the compatibility between Islam and democracy and remains cautiously optimistic that Tunisia’s secularists and Islamists can bridge differences.

February 22, 2014

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ANGELA STENT / US - RUSSIAN RELATIONS 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.

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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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