As a 36-year veteran of the Voice of America (VOA), Alan Heil traveled to more than 40 countries a foreign correspondent in the Middle East, and later as director of News and Current Affairs, deputy director of programs, and deputy director of the nation’s largest publicly-funded overseas multimedia network. Today, VOA reaches more than 275 million people around the world each week via radio, television and online media. Read More

The Abraham Accords First Anniversary: Looking Ahead

On September 15 last year, the United States, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed what has been called “a positive step toward stability in the turbulent Middle East.” The key goal: endorsing a significant new trend in Arab-Israeli relations through: —Recognition of Israel and normalizing its diplomatic relations for the first time with several Arab…

Climate Change: A Grim Update

A U.S. State Department report, “The Climate Crisis; Working Together for Future Generations,” sums it all up: “Bold action to tackle the climate crisis is more urgent than ever.  The record-breaking heat, floods, storms and drought, and wildfires devastating communities around the world underscore the grave risks we also face. “Through our actions at home…

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Afghanistan: What’s Next?

The situation in the strategically important South/Central Asian country of Afghanistan is crucial in the foreign policies of the U.S. and its NATO partners in the days ahead. In Afghanistan itself, August 19 would normally be a day of celebration: independence from British control on that date in 1919. That’s hardly the case in 2021.…