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 - April 18, 2014||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.||18 4 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Encounter - April 11, 2014||AFGHAN ELECTION Michael Kugelman, Senior Program Associate for South and Southeast Asia at the Wilson Center, and Ahmad Majidyar, Senior Research Associate at the American Enterprise Institute, discuss with host Carol Castiel the conduct and strong turnout in Afghanistan’s recent historic election, prospects for stability and economic development and implications for Kabul’s future ties with its regional neighbors and the United States.||11 4 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Encounter - April 04, 2014||THE MIDDLE EAST TALKS Ghaith al-Omari, Executive Director of the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP), and Nathan Guttman, Washington Bureau Chief of The Jewish Daily Forward, discuss with host Carol Castiel US diplomatic efforts to break the current impasse in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians and prospects for salvaging the two-state solution.||4 4 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Encounter - March 28, 2014||THE POLITICS OF PROMOTING DEMOCRACY David Kramer, President of Freedom House, and Merdijana Sadovic, Regional Director for Western Balkans at the Institute of War and Peace Reporting, discuss the mechanics of democracy promotion and to what extent the US pro-democracy organizations support the protests across the world, with host Doug Bernard.||28 3 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Encounter - March 21, 2014||SYRIA CRISIS / US - RUSSIA TENSIONS The Geneva II Peace talks on Syria ended in stalemate. Washington has ordered Damascus to close its Embassy and consulates in the United States because of the regime’s brutality against its own citizens. The moderate rebel opposition is fighting a two front war against Assad and al Qaida-linked extremists. And Moscow may be even less likely to pressure its erstwhile ally, Syrian President Bashar al Assad, to make concessions given tensions between Russia and the US over the crisis in Ukraine. So what to do about the devastating humanitarian, economic and strategic consequences of the civil war in Syria? Andrew Tabler, Senior Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and Valerie Szybala, Research Analyst at the Institute for the Study of War, review the trajectory of the conflict and discuss possible next steps in bringing the carnage to an end with host Carol Castiel.||21 3 14||Free||View In iTunes|