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.
To commemorate Memorial Day (May 25), an annual American holiday, which honors men and women who died while serving in the US military, host Carol Castiel talks with Col. Karen Lloyd, Director of the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress, about the origins and significance of this Project, which preserves interviews and collects photos and documents of veterans from World War I through the present.
How has the economic downturn and management of the coronavirus pandemic affected US President Donald Trump’s re-election prospects? John Fortier, Director of the Democracy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center, and Jim Kessler, Vice President for Policy at Third Way, discuss this, challenges for presumptive Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, the role of mail-in ballots and whether Democrats could gain control of the US Senate with host Carol Castiel.
Host Carol Castiel and Current Affairs producer, Kim Lewis, talk with Peniel Joseph about his most recent book, “The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.,” in which he dispels misconceptions about these two slain iconic civil rights leaders. Joseph paints a nuanced portrait of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. who shared a common vision of dignity and full citizenship for African Americans.