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12 November 2009 

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Ambassador Elizabeth Bagley Talks About Partnership with Private Sector

Ambassador Elizabeth BagleyA conversation with the first Special Representative for Global Partnerships in the US State Department. Ambassador Elizabeth Bagley talks with host Carol Castiel, VOA Uzbek reporter Navbahor Imamova and managing editor for VOA Hindi TV, Niharika Acharya, about current and future partnerships with the private sector to tackle the world's most pressing problems. 

Airdate: 7 Nov 2009

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Ambassador John E. Lange Talks About the Gravity of H1N1 Virus (Swine Flu)

HIN!On this edition of Press Conference USA -- a conversation with a former US diplomat and State Department coordinator for pandemic influenza. Ambassador John Lange, now with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, speaks with host Carol Castiel and VOA reporter Douglas Schuette about the gravity and scope of the H1N1 virus (swine flu) and the many global health initiatives of the Gates Foundation. 

 Airdate: 31 Oct 2009

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A conversation with Nabi Sensoy, Ambassador of Turkey to the United States

Nabi Sensoy, Ambassador of TurkeyH.E. Nabi Sensoy tells host Carol Castiel and Turkish Service Chief Hulya Polat that Turkey and the United States share many common foreign policy goals from fighting terrorism to bringing peace and stability to the Middle East. Ambassador Sensoy discusses the recent historic agreement between Turkey and Armenia, Turkey's growing relationship with Syria, and plays down recent strains between Ankara and Jerusalem. 

Airdate: 24 Oct 2009

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Dodge Fielding, Director of Score for Peace, Talks About Power of Soccer to Transform Lives

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On this edition of Press Conference USA, Host Carol Castiel and Sonny Young, host of VOA's Sonny Side of Sports, talk with the director of a unique program that uses soccer (football) as a tool to promote reconciliation and rehabilitation in war-torn countries such as Liberia and Colombia. Dodge Fielding, Director of Score for Peace, shares his thoughts about the power of soccer to transform lives.

Airdate: 17 Oct 2009

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Author David Makovsky Talks About His Book Myths, Illusions, and Peace: Finding a new Direction for America in the Middle East

Book Myths, Illusions, and PeaceAuthor and analyst David Makovsky speaks with host Carol Castiel and VOA correspondent Meredith Buel about his new book Myths, Illusions, and Peace: Finding a new Direction for America in the Middle East. Drawing on more than 25 years of combined experience, he and co-author Dennis Ross, veteran peace negotiator under Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, critique assumptions that have guided policy for the past 60 years and recommend a fresh approach based on realities of the region.

Airdate: 10 Oct 2009

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Syrian Novelist Ammar Abdulhamid Talks About Impediments to Greater Democracy in the Arab World

Author Ammar AbdulhamidSyrian novelist and democracy activist Ammar Abdulhamid talks with host Carol Castiel and VOA TV reporter Mohamed Elshinnawi about impediments to and incentives for greater democracy in the Arab world and the Obama administration’s new approach toward Syria.

Airdate: 3 Oct 2009

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Author David Bosco Talks About His Book Five to Rule Them All: The UN Security Council and the Making of the Modern World

Five to Rule Them AllOn this edition of the program, host Carol Castiel and VOA reporter Douglas Schuette talk with UN expert and author David Bosco about insights from his new book Five to Rule Them All: The UN Security Council and the Making of the Modern World.  Bosco analyzes whether or not President Obama's pledge to engage more vigorously with the world body will be met with reciprocal global cooperation.

Airdate: 26 Sep 2009

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Ambassador John Limbert Talks About His Book Negotiating with Iran: Wrestling the Ghosts of History

Negotiating with IranA former top US diplomat and former hostage in Iran top shares insights from his new book, Negotiating with Iran: Wrestling the Ghosts of History. Ambassador John Limbert tells host Judith Latham and Hooman Bakhtiar of VOA Persian News Network that the United States needs a change of approach to the Iranian government after 30 years of confrontation. He talks about some of the crucial events leading to misunderstanding and mistrust on both sides.

Airdate: 19 Sep 2009

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Press Conference USA  is broadcast each Saturday on VOA at 0130, 0430 & 1230 & on Sunday at 0330 & 1730 UTC
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Anna Zalewski
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