Encounter - Voice of America
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Join host Carol Castiel each week as she and two advocates from the world of politics, public policy, or academia discuss and debate a critical issue in the news, bringing depth, perspective, and insight to the world around us. Issues that affect our lives and global stability are debated in a free-wheeling, unscripted discussion of fact and opinion.
||Encounter - May 01, 2015||Join host Carol Castiel each week as she and two advocates from the world of politics, public policy, or academia discuss and debate a critical issue in the news, bringing depth, perspective, and insight to the world around us. Issues that affect our lives and global stability are debated in a free-wheeling, unscripted discussion of fact and opinion.||1 5 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Encounter - April 24, 2015||US POLITICS John Fortier, Director of the Democracy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center, and Arkadi Gerney, Senior Vice President at the Center for American Progress, talk with host Carol Castiel about the flurry of bipartisan activity in the US Congress and the race for the White House in 2016 as Hillary Clinton announces her candidacy for the Democratic nomination and many Republican contenders throw their hat into the ring.||24 4 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Encounter - April 17, 2015||AL-SHABAB & BOKO HARAM Islamist militant group al-Shabab is battling the UN-backed government in Somalia and has carried out attacks in neighboring Kenya. Who are they? J. Peter Pham, director of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center and Lauren Ploch Blanchard, Africa analyst at the Congressional Research Service, an arm of the Library of Congress, discuss with host Sarah Williams al- Shabab, as well as mark the first anniversary of the kidnapping by Boko Haram the Nigerian girls.||17 4 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Encounter - April 10, 2015||IRAN DEAL Alex Vatanka, Scholar at the Middle East Institute, and Matthew McInnis, Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, spar over the pros and cons of the recently negotiated nuclear framework deal with Iran and talk with host Carol Castiel about the political and technical challenges ahead, including demands by members of Congress and objections raised by Israel and Sunni Gulf states, and internal Iranian politics that might yet scuttle a comprehensive final deal.||10 4 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Encounter - April 03, 2015||YEMEN/SAUDI/ IRAN Host Carol Castiel speaks with Ambassador Barbara Bodine, Director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University and a former US ambassador to Yemen, and Graeme Bannerman, founder of Bannerman Associates, and specialist on the Gulf at the Middle East Institute, about how Saudi-led air strikes against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen have transformed a political crisis rooted in local grievances, into a proxy conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia.||3 4 2015||Free||View In iTunes|