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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. Subscribe to a Podcast of the show Broadcast Schedule Encounter is broadcast on Saturdays and Sundays. You can also listen to us via affiliate stations in your area. Check your local radio station guide for more information. Saturdays: 0330 0930 1430 1800 and 2330 UTC Sundays: 0530 1230 1730 1930 UTC 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. Contact: Email: ​encounter@voanews.com Facebook: ​CarolCastielVOA Twitter: ​CarolCastielVOA Postal Mail: Voice of America Encounter Washington, D.C. 20237 USA

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. Subscribe to a Podcast of the show Broadcast Schedule Encounter is broadcast on Saturdays and Sundays. You can also listen to us via affiliate stations in your area. Check your local radio station guide for more information. Saturdays: 0330 0930 1430 1800 and 2330 UTC Sundays: 0530 1230 1730 1930 UTC 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. Contact: Email: ​encounter@voanews.com Facebook: ​CarolCastielVOA Twitter: ​CarolCastielVOA Postal Mail: Voice of America Encounter Washington, D.C. 20237 USA

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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. Subscribe to a Podcast of the show Broadcast Schedule Encounter is broadcast on Saturdays and Sundays. You can also listen to us via affiliate stations in your area. Check your local radio station guide for more information. Saturdays: 0330 0930 1430 1800 and 2330 UTC Sundays: 0530 1230 1730 1930 UTC 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. Contact: Email: ​encounter@voanews.com Facebook: ​CarolCastielVOA Twitter: ​CarolCastielVOA Postal Mail: Voice of America Encounter Washington, D.C. 20237 USA

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Episodes

Latin America Update

7/10/2020
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for Covid-19 as Brazil trails only the United States in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths. On this Latin American edition Encounter, host Carol Castiel talks with Eric Farnsworth, Vice President of the Council of the Americas and the Americas Society, and Benjamin Gedan, Deputy Director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center about the pandemic’s political, economic and social ramifications on the region.

Duration:00:16:18

US Politics Update: Russia Bounty/Election 2020

7/3/2020
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.

Duration:00:14:15

Politics of Immigration - DACA/Visa Restrictions

6/26/2020
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, Immigration Policy Analyst at the Cato Institute and Claudia Flores, Immigration Campaign Manager at the Center for American Progress, about the implications of this ruling as well as the merits and politics of President Trump’s recent...

Duration:00:14:37

Yemen Update

6/19/2020
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.

Duration:00:14:38

Police Reform in America

6/12/2020
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.

Duration:02:01:59

Afghanistan update-COVID-19

6/5/2020
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.

Duration:00:24:59

Hong Kong Crisis

5/29/2020
China imposed a national security law on Hong Kong to deter and punish what it calls “acts of secession or subversion.” Daniel Kliman, Senior Fellow and Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, and Dean Cheng, Senior Research Fellow in the Asian Studies Center at the Heritage Foundation, talk with host Carol Castiel about Beijing’s heavy-handed moves, reaction by pro-democracy activists, and what the international community, especially the...

Duration:00:16:22

COVID -19: Economic Fallout

5/22/2020
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, Senior Vice President of the Economic Program at Third Way and Karl Smith, Vice President of Federal Tax and Economic Policy at 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...

Duration:00:25:58

US Politics Update: Campaign 2020

5/15/2020
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.

Duration:00:23:42

US Politics Update: Campaign 2020

5/15/2020
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.

Duration:00:23:42

Middle East/COVID-19

5/8/2020
Ellen Laipson, Professor and Director of the Center for Security Policy Studies at George Mason University and Jennifer Cafarella, National Security Fellow at the Institute for the Study of War, hail the successful selection of a new prime minister in Iraq but also tell host Carol Castiel that the coronavirus pandemic complicates an already unstable geo-political, economic and social landscape in Iraq, Iran, and in conflict-ridden Syria and Yemen.

Duration:00:24:59

Russia/COVID-19

5/1/2020
The coronavirus pandemic is affecting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s grip on power as evidenced by falling poll numbers and plummeting oil revenues. Russia experts, Angela Stent of Georgetown University and Fiona Hill, former senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council, now back at the Brookings Institution, tell host Carol Castiel that the pandemic’s toll on the oil-dependent economy and fragile health infrastructure poses a test for Putin’s...

Duration:00:24:59

China COVID-19: Geopolitical Turning Point?

4/24/2020
Despite its initial delays and prevarications regarding the coronavirus outbreak in China, Beijing is now touting its progress in slowing the pandemic and providing needed equipment and supplies to other parts of the world. David Shullman, Senior Advisor to the International Republican Institute (IRI) and Liselotte Odgaard, Senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, discuss the many ways by which China is exploiting the pandemic to export its authoritarian model around the world and undermine...

Duration:00:14:17

COVID-19 Pandemic in Latin America

4/17/2020
Eric Farnsworth, Vice President of the Council of the Americas and the Americas Society, and Erick Langer, Professor of Latin American History and Civilization at Georgetown University, talk with host Carol Castiel about the varying national responses to the coronavirus pandemic in Latin America, from denial and delay by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, to the swift and strong leadership shown by Peru.

Duration:07:09:46

Coronavirus Impact on US Elections

4/10/2020
John Fortier, Director of the Democracy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center, and Jim Kessler, Vice President for Policy at Third Way, talk with host Carol Castiel about how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the race for the White House, including the controversy over mail-in ballots and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ decision to suspend his campaign, paving the way for former Vice President Joe Biden to become the presumptive Democratic nominee.

Duration:00:24:59

Coronavirus Pandemic Impact in Africa

4/3/2020
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, talk with host Carol Castiel about the dire health, economic and political implications of the coronavirus pandemic in Africa.

Duration:00:13:58

U.S. Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

3/27/2020
John Fortier, the Director of the Democracy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center, and Jim Kessler, Vice President for Policy at Third Way, talk with host Carol Castiel, via the Zoom app as VOA practices social distancing, about the Trump Administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and economic havoc it has caused.

Duration:00:14:14

U.S. Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

3/27/2020
John Fortier, the Director of the Democracy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center, and Jim Kessler, Vice President for Policy at Third Way, talk with host Carol Castiel, via the Zoom app as VOA practices social distancing, about the Trump Administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and economic havoc it has caused.

Duration:00:14:14

Iraq Political Update - Covid 19

3/20/2020
Randa Slim, Director of Conflict Resolution at the Middle East Institute, and Sarhang Hamasaeed, Director of Middle East Programs at the US Institute of Peace, tell host Carol Castiel that Iraq continues to be a battleground where Washington and Tehran compete for influence even as Iraq grapples with the nomination of a new prime minister, plummeting oil prices, residual ISIS sleeper cells and an inadequate health infrastructure to combat the growing coronavirus.

Duration:04:18:42

The Crisis in Syria/Idlib

3/13/2020
Mona Yacoubian, Senior Advisor to the Vice President of Middle East and Africa at the US Institute of Peace and Hussein Ibish, Senior Resident Scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington discuss the current political and humanitarian crisis in Syria, including the fragile ceasefire deal in Syria's Idlib region between Russia and Turkey, with host Carol Castiel.

Duration:00:20:24