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15 July 2009 

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Congressman Jared Polis Talks About Expanded US Military Effort in Afghanistan  

160_Congressman-Polis-2Meet first-term Congressman, Jared Polis, Democrat from the western state of Colorado. He tells host Carol Castiel and VOA Congressional Correspondent Dan Robinson why he opposes the expanded US military effort in Afghanistan and comments on a wide range of domestic and foreign policy issues including the new US climate change bill, health care reform, the economy and post-election turmoil in Iran.

Airdate: 11 July 2009

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Brent Scowcroft, Former National Security Adviser, Analyzes Foreign Policy Issues Facing Obama Administration
 

Brent ScowcroftA conversation with one of America’s foremost experts on international affairs—Brent Scowcroft, former national security adviser under Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush, analyzes a wide range of foreign policy issues facing the Obama administration from US-Russian relations to turmoil in Iran with host Carol Castiel and VOA senior news analyst, Gary Thomas.

Airdate: 4 July 2009

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Lavinia Limon Talks About A Newly Released Report on Refugees Worldwide
 

Refugees WorldwideLivinia Limon, President of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, talks with host Judith Latham and with VOA Near East and Central Asia Division Director Ismail Dahiyat about a newly released report on refugees worldwide and on conditions they encounter in those countries ranked the "best" and the "worst."

Airdate: 27 June 2009

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Suzanne Maloney, Iran expert at the Brookings Institution, Talks About the Disputed Iranian elections
 

Suzanne MaloneySuzanne Maloney, Iran expert at the Brookings Institution, analyzes the meaning and implications of the disputed Iranian elections. She talks with host Carol Castiel and VOA Senior News Analyst, Gary Thomas, about Washington's response, the make-up of the opposition, the jockeying for power among Iran's key political players and the potential impact of the turn of events on Iran’s political future and that of the region.

Airdate: 20 June 2009

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Zainab Al-Suwaij, Founder, American Islamic Congress, Reacts to President Obama’s Cairo Speech
 

Zainab Al-SuwaijThe founder of the American Islamic Congress. Zainab Al-Suwaij reacts to President Obama’s Cairo speech to the world’s Muslims and talks with host Carol Castiel, Spozhmai Maiwandi, Director of VOA’s South Asia Division and Hulya Polat, chief of VOA's Turkish Service about her flight from Iraq and her organization’s goals of promoting tolerance and equality for women.

Airdate: 13 June 2009

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A Conversation with Sir Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi, the United Kingdom  

Sir Jonathan Henry Sacks On this edition of Press Conference USA – a wide-ranging conversation with the Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom. Sir Jonathan Sacks talks with host Carol Castiel about his successful outreach to other faith communities – particularly the growing Muslim community in Britain. A prolific writer and respected intellectual, Sir Jonathan bemoans the crisis of national identity in Britain, argues for a return to morality, and highlights the striking similarities between Judaism and Islam.

Airdate: 6 June 2009

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Richard Bush of Brookings Institution Talks About North Korea’s Provocative Behavior
 

North Korea RocketIn the span of less than one week, North Korea has conducted an underground nuclear test, fired short range missiles off its coast, and threatened war against South Korea. On this edition of Press Conference USA—host Carol Castiel, VOA senior correspondent Meredith Buel and Eunjung Cho, broadcaster in VOA’s Korean Service, talk with Richard Bush, Director of Northeast Asia Policy at the Brookings Institution, about North Korea’s provocative behavior and what can be done to prevent further escalation.

Airdate: 30 May 2009

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Tom Ricks Talks About His Book The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq
 

The Gamble: General David PetraeusAward-winning journalist Tom Ricks---talks about his latest book: The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq 2006-2008. Despite a positive change in counterinsurgency strategy in 2006, Ricks tells host Carol Castiel, VOA Pentagon correspondent Al Pessin and former foreign affairs correspondent for the Washington Times, Sharon Behn, why he thinks the US will be mired in Iraq for many more years to come.

Airdate: 23 May 2009

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