Just four months before the 2020 US elections, John Fortier, Director of the Democracy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center, and Jim Kessler, Vice President for Policy at Third Way, discuss with host Carol Castiel allegations that Russian intelligence paid bounties to Taliban fighters for killing US soldiers in Afghanistan and the significance of US President Donald Trump’s sagging poll numbers as the nation sees a resurgence in coronavirus infections in Republican-leaning states.
On this edition of Press Conference USA, host Carol Castiel sits down with Chris Frye, the newly elected Republican Mayor of New Castle, Pennsylvania to talk about the challenges of governing a small town in economic decline. New Castle and the surrounding suburbs/townships of Lawrence County Pennsylvania, a once booming area and longtime Democratic stronghold, 60 kilometers north of Pittsburgh, voted for Donald Trump in 2016.
The US Supreme Court rejected the Trump Administration’s request to rescind an Obama-era executive order that provided work permits and legal protection to young unauthorized immigrants. On this edition of Encounter, Carol Castiel talks with David Bier, from the Cato Institute and Claudia Flores, from the Center for American Progress, about the implications of this ruling.
Host Carol Castiel talks with former Ambassador to Yemen, Stephen Seche, currently Executive Vice President of the Arab Gulf States Institute, and Katherine Zimmerman, Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, about the geopolitical and humanitarian stakes in war-torn Yemen, one of the world’s poorest countries which is also struggling to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
In the run-up to US presidential and congressional elections in November, host Carol Castiel and VOA senior political analyst Brian Padden, speak with John Fortier, Director of the Democracy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center and expert on early voting and absentee ballots, about the politics as well as the incentives for and obstacles to voting by mail.
In the wake of widespread demonstrations against racial injustice and police brutality in America, host Carol Castiel talks with Reggie Miller, President of the Nashville, Tennessee chapter of the National Black Police Association, and Sam Fulwood III, Senior fellow for Politics and Elections at the Center for American Progress, about combatting systemic racism and concrete proposals for police reform in America.
Michael Kugelman, Deputy Director of the Asia Program and Senior Associate for South Asia at The Wilson Center, and Mariam Wardak, political analyst and co-founder of “Her Afghanistan,” talk with host Carol Castiel about the status of the US-Taliban peace agreement in the shadow of Covid-19, including challenges to intra-Afghan peace talks designed to bring an end to the nearly two-decade long conflict.
On this edition of Press Conference USA, host Carol Castiel and VOA senior political analyst, Brian Padden, speak with historian and elections expert, Allan Lichtman, about the implications of the widespread protests against racial inequality and police brutality in America as well as about his provocative new book recommending that America repeal the Second Amendment, which he sees as an impediment to gun safety regulation.
China imposed a national security law on Hong Kong to deter and punish what it calls “acts of secession or subversion.” Daniel Kliman, from the Center for a New American Security, and Dean Cheng, from the Heritage Foundation, talk with host Carol Castiel about Beijing’s heavy-handed moves, reaction by pro-democracy activists, and what the international community should do to prevent further erosion of Hong Kong’s autonomy under the “one country, two systems principle.
The United States, like countries around the world, has shut down large parts of its economy to contain the threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic. On this edition of Encounter, Gabriel Horwitz, of the Economic Program at Third Way and Karl Smith, from the Tax Foundation, discuss the economic fallout from the shutdown as well as the effectiveness of legislation designed to mitigate the impact on business and individuals with host Carol Castiel.