Les Campbell, Senior Associate and Regional Director for Middle East and North Africa Programs at the National Democratic Institute and Ellen Laipson, Professor and Director of the Center for Security Policy Studies at George Mason University, discuss the roots and significance of the current protests in Lebanon and Iraq with host Carol Castiel.
Marina Ottaway, Senior Scholar at the Wilson Center talks with host Carol Castiel about her recent book “A Tale of Four Worlds: The Arab Region after the Uprisings.” The book analyses the three major upheavals that have shaped the Middle East from the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire and the wave of Arab nationalism and socialism in the 1950’s and 60’s to the democratic uprisings in 2011, also known as the “Arab Spring.”
Henri Barkey, Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Aykan Erdemir, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, talk with host Carol Castiel about the strategic implications of the US troop withdrawal from Syria, which paved the way for a Turkish incursion and an assault on allied Kurdish forces.
Judd Devermont, Director of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Stephanie Burchard, US National Security and Defense expert at the Institute for Defense Analyses, tell host Carol Castiel that irregularities marred the Mozambican elections, which could weaken the fragile peace accord between the ruling Frelimo and opposition Renamo parties.
Host Carol Castiel and Mutlu Civiroglu, senior broadcaster in VOA’s Kurdish Service, talk with Abbas Kadhim, Director of the Iraq Initiative at the Atlantic Council, about the ramifications of widespread protests against corruption and lack of services that have shaken Iraq over the past weeks.
A July 25th telephone call between US President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is at the heart of an impeachment inquiry recently launched by the House of Representatives. John Fortier, Director of The Democracy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center and Jim Kessler, Senior Vice President for Policy at Third Way, spar over the substance and politics of impeachment with host Carol Castiel.
Host Carol Castiel, along with Begum Ersoz, reporter with VOA’s Turkish Service and Nova Poerwadi, senior TV producer with VOA’s Indonesian Service, talk with Thomas Carothers, Senior Vice President for Studies at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace about his new book “Democracies Divided: The Global Challenge of Political Polarization.” The book analyses nine cases of varying degrees of political polarization throughout the world.
Michael Swaine, Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a foremost China expert and Walter Lohman, Director of the Asian Studies Center at the Heritage Foundation, talk with host Carol Castiel, about the significance and ramifications of the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.
Jeffrey Rathke, President of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and Erik Brattberg, Director of the Europe Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, discuss the way forward for Brexit with host Carol Castiel in the wake of the British Supreme Court decision declaring that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament was unlawful.
On the sidelines of the UNGA, host Carol Castiel sits down with former FBI supervisory agent and counterterrorism expert Ali Soufan, CEO of the Soufan Group, to discuss major issues emerging from the UNGA as well as his recent research regarding the growing global threat from white supremacist extremists.