On this edition, Bill Galston, Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, and Kathay Feng, National Redistricting Director at Common Cause, explain the significance of the constitutionally mandated decennial US census and discuss with host Carol Castiel the implications of the Trump administration attempts to cut short the deadline for counting by one month and to exclude unauthorized immigrants from the census numbers.
Carol Castiel talks with Time Magazine’s Political Correspondent Molly Ball, about her new book “Pelosi,” which chronicles the rise to power of Nancy Pelosi, current Speaker of the House of Representatives. Ball dispels many myths about the most powerful woman in US politics.
Judd Devermont, Director of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Joshua Meservey, Senior Policy Analyst for Africa and Middle East at the Heritage Foundation, discuss with host Carol Castiel the current logjam over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), including a US threat to put a hold on some foreign assistance to Ethiopia, and China’s pervasive surveillance efforts on the continent.
On this encore edition of Press Conference USA, host Carol Castiel along with VOA international broadcaster and Current Affairs producer Kim Lewis, talk with Peniel Joseph about his new book, “The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.”
Popular protests in Belarus continue after the August 9 election, which was widely viewed as fraudulent. Stephen Nix, Regional Director of Eurasia at the International Republican Institute and Laura Jewett, Regional Director of Eurasia Programs at the National Democratic Institute (NDI), talk with host Carol Castiel about the prospects for meaningful democratic change in this long-standing authoritarian regime, which is closely allied with Russia.
In the run-up to the US elections, host Carol Castiel talks with political analysts John Fortier, Director of the Democracy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center and Jim Kessler, Senior Vice President for Policy at Third Way, about the style and substance of the recently concluded Republican and Democratic national conventions and what they portend for the race for the White House.
In the aftermath of the devastating explosion at the port of Beirut, Lebanon, Mona Yacoubian, Senior Advisor to the Vice President of Middle East and Africa at the US Institute of Peace (USIP) and Hussein Ibish, Senior Resident Scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (AGSIW), discuss the economic, political and humanitarian ramifications with host Carol Castiel.
On the centennial of the 19th amendment to the US Constitution, which granted women the right to vote, host Carol Castiel sits down with 3rd term Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett, Congressional delegate from the US Virgin Islands. She comments on the virtual Democratic National Convention in which former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris became the official presidential and vice-presidential nominees of the Democratic Party, among other pressing domestic and international issues.
Just 80 days shy of the November US presidential and congressional elections, John Fortier, Director of the Democracy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center, and Jim Kessler, Vice President for Policy at Third Way, discuss the significance of Senator Kamala Harris as running mate for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden. She is the first woman of color and South Asian descent to be nominated on a major party ticket.
In the wake of tit for tat consulate closures, Christopher Walker, Vice President for Studies and Analysis at the National Endowment for Democracy and Zachary Hosford, Deputy Director of the Asia Program at the German Marshall Fund, discuss growing tensions between the United States and China and the larger threat that an aggressive Beijing poses to democracies around the world.