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12 November 2009 

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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.

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Off-year Elections – Referendum on Obama?

Voters are handed 'I Voted In Arlington' stickers after voting at Rosslyn Fire Station #10, in Arlington, Virginia, 03 Nov 2009
Veteran political analysts Stuart Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Political Report and John Fortier of the American Enterprise Institute discuss with host Carol Castiel the fallout from the recent "off-year" US elections in which Republicans won the governorships in two key states that were pivotal to Barack Obama's presidential victory just one year ago.

 Airdate: 8 Nov 2009

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Security and Political Situation in Iraq

Iraq blastsAs the Obama administration weighs sending more troops to Afghanistan, the worst terrorist attack in two years rocked Baghdad. Nathan Freier, Senior Fellow, International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Marisa Cochrane Sullivan, Research Manager at the Institute for the Study of War, discuss with host Carol Castiel the security and political situation in Iraq in the wake of the deadly bombings and implications of a possible delay in nationwide elections slated for January 2010.

Airdate: 1 Nov 2009

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US-Sudan Policy Shift

Map of Al Geneina in West Darfur, Sudan
Map of Al Geneina in West Darfur, Sudan
Ambassador David Shinn, former US Ambassador to Ethiopia and Burkina Faso and Jennifer Cooke, Director of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, discuss with host Carol Castiel the pros and cons of the newly unveiled US policy toward Sudan, which promises greater engagement in exchange for Sudan's cooperation in fighting terrorism, implementing the terms of the North - South Peace Agreement and ending the conflict in Darfur.

Airdate: 25 Oct 2009

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AF-PAK Strategy: Role of Pakistan

Map of Islamabad, Pakistan
A recent spate of deadly attacks in Pakistan and a landmark 7.5 billion dollar AID package underscore the critical role Pakistan plays in stabilizing and pacifying South Asia. Former Pakistani Minister of State for Human Development, Dr. Nasim Ashraf, and Asia Program Director at the International Crisis Group, Robert Templer, talk with host Carol Castiel about the need for a political as well as a military strategy to tackle the interrelated problems of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Airdate: 18 Oct 2009

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Whither US Afghan Strategy?

A British Ministry of Defense photo shows British troops as they prepare to go on patrol in Afghanistan's Helmand province (File)

The White House reviews US strategy in Afghanistan amid surging violence, a flawed election and decreasing popular support for the war. On this edition of Encounter with host Carol Castiel, two experts debate the pros and cons of expanded US involvement in the region. Lisa Curtis of the Heritage Foundation argues for increased troops and long-term US support for Afghanistan while Ted Galen Carpenter at the CATO Institute advocates an early exit.

Airdate: 11 Oct 2009

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Crisis in Honduras

Ousted Honduras President Manuel Zelaya closes door inside Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, 21 Sep 2009
Ousted Honduras President Manuel Zelaya
Peter Hakim President of the Inter-American Dialogue and Vicki Gass, Senior Associate at the Washington Office on Latin America discuss the political crisis in Honduras with host Carol Castiel and what the United States and the Organization of American States are doing to resolve it

Airdate: 4 Oct 2009

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Obama-Iran-UN

Obama-UN SpeechTed Bromund, Senior Fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation and Brian Katulis, Senior Fellow at the liberal Center for American Progress discuss with host Carol Castiel options for dealing with the growing nuclear threat from Iran and spar over the promise and pitfalls of renewed US engagement with the United Nations.

Airdate: 27 Sep 2009

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Anniversary Financial Meltdown

160_US_economyPhilip Levy, resident scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute and Tony Avirgan, Director of the Global Policy Network at the liberal Economic Policy Institute, discuss lessons learned one year after the collapse of Lehman Brothers caused a crisis of confidence that triggered recession around the world. 

Airdate: 20 Sep 2009

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