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

No Discernable Progress In Ukraine Talks

Shortly after Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev on January 19, the Voice of America gained an authoritative readout from America’s top diplomat on how Washington views the Ukraine crisis. During an exclusive Kiev interview with Secretary Blinken shortly after his meeting with Mr. Zelensky, VOA’s East Europe…

A U.S.-Russia War Over Ukraine?

David Sanger of the New York Times sums up the crisis crisply: —Russian troops are encircling Ukraine from three sides. —There are warnings of crushing Western sanctions against Russia if more of Moscow’s troops enter Ukraine. —Yet there are still “off-ramps” in the crisis.  Soon, the United States and NATO are expected to react forcefully…

What’s Ahead Following A Russian War Threat In Vienna?

Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, puts it bluntly. “As people see unaccountable rulers (those not empowered in free elections) prioritize their own interests over that of their publics,” he contends, “a popular demand for rights-respecting democracy remains strong.” The second week of 2022 appears to have been crucial in determining whether or…

Foreign Policy Trends To Look For: 2022

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) focuses on four foreign policy news stories to follow this year. “Any one of them,” the CFR website says, “could turn into the dominant news event of the year — or fade away.  We’ll know in 12 months which will sizzle and which will fizzle.” The top four are:…

2022: Some Hopeful Precedents In ’21?

INSPIRING EXAMPLE #1: With the New Year now here, a Dec. 22 Washington Post lead editorial, “A Victory for Democracy,” praised Chile’s recent presidential election as a model for others to consider in 2022. The winner was 35-year-old Gabriel Boric, a member of Chile’s Congress and former organizer of student protests.  But what impressed the…

The Year’s Global Bright Spots: Part 2

Internationally, there were a few positive developments, according to the Council on Foreign Relations. In a CFR article entitled “The Ten Most Significant World Events in 2021,” James M. Lindsay cites several milestones amidst a series of setbacks. Among them, the seemingly unending global struggle to contain COVID-19. Among the leading pluses of the year,…