Join host Carol Castiel each week as she and two advocates from the world of politics, culture, public policy, or academia debate and discuss a critical issue in the news. This program brings depth, perspective, and insight to the world around us. Issues that affect our lives and global stability are debated and discussed in a free-wheeling, unscripted discussion of fact and opinion.
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About Your Host
Carol Castiel moderates and produces not only Encounter but Press Conference USA as well. 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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Japan: After Abe
Yuki Tatsumi, Director of the Japan Program at the Stimson Center, and Kristin Vekasi, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine, discuss with host Carol Castiel the legacy of Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest serving prime minister, who resigned in August, and how his successor will continue or modify Japan’s domestic and foreign policies.
US Census 2020 Update
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.
UAE and Israel Normalize Relations
The UAE and Israel have agreed to normalize relations in a deal brokered by the United States. The “Abraham Accord,” announced in early August, was contingent on Israel halting its plans to annex Palestinian territory. Former senior advisor on Arab-Israeli relations to six US secretaries of state, Aaron David Miller, now senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, joins Hussein Ibish, senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, to discuss the many ramifications of this landmark agreement and to preview the September 15 signing ceremony in Washington with host Carol Castiel.
DISCLAIMER: This show was recorded just prior to the news of normalization of ties between Bahrain and Israel.
Africa Update: Ethiopia/GERD/China Spying
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.
Belarus: Prospects for Democratic Change
Popular protests against the regime of Belarusian President, Alexander Lukashenko, continue apace after the strongman claimed victory in 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.
Lebanon in Crisis
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.