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The Inside Story Podcast -- where we dissect, analyse and help define major global stories.
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How is climate change impacting food?

Climate change is disrupting food production and supply worldwide. Crops, fruit, livestock and transport are all affected. Permanently higher inflation may result, as well as food security threats. What are the implications for people around the world?In this episode: George Monbiot, Environmental and Political Activist  Carin Smaller, Executive Director, Shamba Centre for Food & Climate Thin Lei Win, Food Systems and Climate Change Journalist  Host: Elizabeth Puranam  Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
7/11/202424 minutes, 41 seconds
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What challenges does NATO face?

The Ukraine war and the risk of Donald Trump becoming US president again are major issues at NATO's 75th anniversary summit in Washington. The military alliance faces more challenges than ever before. What are they and what's next for NATO? In this episode: Shashank Joshi, Defence Editor, The Economist.  Janine di Giovanni, Executive Director, The Reckoning Project: Ukraine Testifies. Geoffrey Roberts, Emeritus Professor, History, University College Cork. Host: Mohammed Jamjoom Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook 
7/10/202424 minutes, 30 seconds
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Why is there a growing health risk from antibiotic resistance?

Resistance to antibiotics could cause ten million deaths a year, from 2050. That's according to the United Nations. Scientists say climate change is another factor driving the looming crisis. Why is there such risk and what's being done about it? In this episode: Mukesh Kapila, Advisor, World Health Organization.  Anna Farra, Infectious Diseases Specialist, Doctors Without Borders.  Alistair Farley, Scientific Lead, Ineos Oxford Institute for Antimicrobial Research.  Host: Sohail Rahman  Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook 
7/9/202426 minutes, 48 seconds
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What does France's election results mean?

An inconclusive election in France, but with one certainty, the far-right won't lead the next government. A leftist bloc came out on top, ahead of President Macron's centrists with the far-right National Rally beaten into third place. So, what does the result mean?   In this episode: Rokhaya Diallo, Researcher, Georgetown University. Victor Mallet, Senior Editor, Financial Times.  Suzanne Lynch, Associate Editor, Politico. Host: Neave Barker  Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
7/8/202423 minutes, 48 seconds
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What's behind the newly formed Alliance of Sahel States?

They left ECOWAS saying it's influenced by foreign countries. Now, Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso have set up their own bloc, calling it the Alliance of Sahel States. But what's behind their new agreement? And what impact will it have on the wider region? In this episode: Erwan De Cherisey, Specialist, sub-Saharan African armed forces.  Ahmedou Ould Abdallah, President, Sahel Sahara Security Strategy Center. Alkassoum Abdourahmane, Permanent Secretary, Sahel International Solidarity Forum. Host: Mohammed Jamjoom Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
7/7/202424 minutes, 40 seconds
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What are the challenges facing Iran's new president?

Iran's new president has promised to provide freedom at home and open up to the West. But with the Supreme Leader wielding the ultimate power, will Masoud Pezeshkian be able to fulfill his promises? And how will he deal with the many challenges faces his country? In this episode: Foad Izadi, Head of the American Studies Department, University of Tehran. Roxane Farmanfarmaian, Lecturer, Modern Middle East Politics, University of Cambridge.  Mehran Kamrava, Professor, Government, Georgetown University in Qatar. Host: Dareen Abughaida Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
7/6/202425 minutes, 19 seconds
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How will Labour shape how the UK is governed?

The Conservative Party has suffered its worst defeat in decades in the UK general election. Labour is taking power and promising change. So, is this a watershed moment in UK politics? And how will it shape the way the country is governed? In this episode: Fran Boait, Former Labour Party Candidate. Leon Emirali, Former aide to UK Cabinet Minister Steve Barclay. Henry Newman, Former Senior Adviser for Boris Johnson. Host: Neave Barker Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
7/5/202425 minutes, 22 seconds
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Who could replace Biden if he were to step aside?

The US Democratic Party in disarray over Joe Biden’s future as its presidential nominee. After his debate performance, some want him out of the race, but the president is digging in his heels. So, will he stay or will he go? And who could replace Biden if he were to step aside? In this episode: A Scott Bolden, Chairperson of the U.S. National Bar Association's Political Action Committee. Kristin Wolfe, Chairperson of Democrats Abroad UK. Rania Batrice, Veteran Democratic Party strategist.  Host: Folly Bah Thibault  Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
7/4/202425 minutes, 19 seconds
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Why is Hurricane Beryl causing global concern?

A hurricane rips through the Caribbean causing devastation, but alarm too among climate scientists. It's the fiercest and earliest Atlantic storm - a direct result of global warming, experts say. Why is this storm causing so much concern globally? In this episode: Daniel Gilford, Meteorologist and Atmospheric Scientist.  Rhea Marie Pierre, Caribbean Delegation Spokesperson, International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Naderev 'Yeb' Sano, Southeast Asia Executive Director, Greenpeace.  Host: Nick Clark Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
7/3/202423 minutes, 3 seconds
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What's the impact of Trump's immunity?

A historic US Supreme Court ruling on presidential immunity is welcomed by Donald Trump but condemned by President Joe Biden. The judgment strengthens presidential powers, too much so, say critics. What's the long-term impact of this ruling and its timing? In this episode: Lynne Rambo, Professor Emerita, Constitutional Law, Texas A&M University's School of Law.  Steve Herman, Chief National Correspondent, Voice of America.  Leslie Vinjamuri, Director, US and Americas Programme, Chatham House. Host: Mohammed Jamjoom  Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
7/2/202423 minutes, 18 seconds
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How does Israel treat its Palestinian prisoners?

Palestinian detainees released from Israeli prisons say abuse and torture are widespread and systematic. Thousands, including children have been held since the war on Gaza began in October. So, how does Israel treat its Palestinian prisoners?  In this episode: Fadia Barghouti, Detained by the Israeli military for 90 days, under its so-called administrative detention programme.  Basil Farraj, Assistant Professor, Birzeit University.  Mustafa Barghouti, Founder, Palestinian National Initiative. Host: Mohammed Jamjoom  Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
7/1/202425 minutes, 13 seconds
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What are the big issues in the UK's election?

The UK is set to vote in a general election this week - called by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak whose conservative party has been in power for fourteen years. Polls suggest his rival, Labour leader Keir Starmer, could replace him. So, what are the issues - and how significant is this election?  In this episode: Will Hutton, President, UK's Academy of Social Sciences. Lesley Riddoch, Author, 'Blossom - What Scotland Needs to Flourish'.  Pablo O'Hana, Senior Political Adviser.  Host: Dareen Abughaida  Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
6/30/202423 minutes, 6 seconds
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What will a potential far-right victory mean for France's future?

France is preparing to vote in a snap presidential poll. It was called after the far-right made big gains in European parliament elections. So, what will a potential victory by the far-right mean for France's future? And how will it shape politics in the rest of Europe? In this episode: Renaud Girard, Chief Foreign Correspondent, Le Figaro. Rainbow Murray, Professor, Politics, Queen Mary University of London.  Hugo Drochon, Associate Professor, Political Theory, University of Nottingham. Host: Hashem Ahelbarra   Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
6/29/202425 minutes, 38 seconds
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What's at stake in Iran's presidential elections?

Iranians are choosing a successor to the late Ebrahim Raisi. But with the Supreme Leader wielding enormous power, how much difference would a new president make? And how is this vote being viewed, both regionally and globally? In this episode: Hassan Ahmadian, Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic Research. Ali Vaez, Project Director on Iran at the International Crisis Group. Sami Nader, Director of the Levant Institute for Strategic Affairs. Host: Sami Zeidan  Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
6/27/202424 minutes, 14 seconds
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Will Kenya's protests escalate?

Kenya is shaken by mass demonstrations against proposed tax hikes. Protesters accuse the president of failing to live up to his election promises. But the government says the finance bill is needed to pay off debt. Will the unrest be contained? Or will it escalate even further? In this episode: Hassan Khannenje, Director, HORN International Institute, Strategic Studies. Westen Shilaho, Senior Research Fellow, Institute For Pan-African Thought and Conversation, University of Johannesburg. Otsieno Namwaya, East Africa Director, Human Rights Watch. Host: Elizabeth Puranam Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
6/26/202426 minutes, 5 seconds
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Is the risk of war between Russia and NATO increasing?

US missiles fired by Ukraine, killed sunbathers including children on a beach in Crimea. Moscow warns Washington it will respond. Russia has hit many civilian targets in Ukraine during the war - where both sides are using new weapons. So is there now a greater danger of direct conflict between Russia and NATO? In this episode: Hanna Shelest, Director, Security Studies Program, Ukrainian Prism. Patrick Bury, Defence and Security Analyst, University of Bath. Pavel Felgenhauer, Independent Russian Defence Analyst, Moscow. Host: Sami Zeidan Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
6/25/202424 minutes, 28 seconds
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What does India's exam scandal mean for its students?

Fury in India. Students see their state exams results scrapped because of a corruption scandal. Police are investigating widespread leaks of exam papers, affecting more than two million young people. So what next for the students - and the country's education system? In this episode: N. Sai Balaji, Former President, Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union. Kiran Bhatty, Senior Visiting Fellow, Centre for Policy Research.  Sravasti Dasgupta, Senior Reporter, The Wire.  Host: Sami Zeidan Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
6/24/202425 minutes, 18 seconds
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What implications could Netanyahu's address to US congress have?

Israel's prime minister is set to address a joint session of the US Congress next month. It's Benjamin Netanyahu's first trip to Washington since he launched his devastating war on Gaza. His speech could have big political implications for President Joe Biden, and Israel. So, what might happen? In this episode: Akbar Shahid Ahmed, Senior Diplomatic Correspondent, HuffPost. Yossi Mekelberg, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House. Rami Khouri, Distinguished Public Policy Fellow, American University of Beirut. Host: Elizabeth Puranam Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
6/23/202424 minutes, 44 seconds
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Why is Kenya's government raising taxes?

Widespread protests in Kenya against proposed new taxes - police criticised for using excessive force. Many on the streets are young, mobilised by social media. Why is the government pushing the new taxes? And why has there been such a reaction? In this episode: Stella Agara, Tax Justice Activist, Africa Governance and Security Analyst. Reginald Kadzutu, Finance Economist, Oxford Brooks University. Nicodemus Minde, Researcher, East Africa Peace and Security Governance Program, Institute for Security Studies.   Host: Elizabeth Puranam Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
6/22/202424 minutes, 21 seconds
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What's behind Putin's visit to North Korea and Vietnam?

President Vladimir Putin was in North Korea and Vietnam this week, strengthening old alliances as his war in Ukraine drags on. But what do both sides stand to gain? And what does the US think? In this episode: Andrei Lankov, Professor at Kookmin University and director of NK News. Benjamin Young, Assistant Professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University. Carlyle Thayer, Professor Emeritus at the University of New South Wales Canberra. Host: Laura Kyle Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
6/21/202424 minutes, 9 seconds
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Who will be held accountable for war crimes in Gaza?

Yet again, Israel is accused of committing war crimes against Palestinians, this time by a UN-backed commission of inquiry. The Palestinian armed groups also received a share of the blame. But who will enforce accountability? In this episode: Bill van Esveld, Acting Israel and Palestine Associate Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Human Rights Watch. Uri Dromi, Former Israeli government spokesman and founding president of the Jerusalem Press Club. William Law, Editor of Arab Digest, an online current affairs newsletter. Host: Neave Barker Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
6/20/202424 minutes, 52 seconds
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Are Israel and Hezbollah on the verge of a full-blown war?

Are Israel and Hezbollah on the verge of a full-blown war? The two sides are stepping up rhetoric and cross-border attacks. Israel says plans for an offensive in Lebanon have been approved. But what would a war look like this time round? And does diplomacy stand a chance? In this episode: Nicholas Noe, Editor-in-Chief, Mideastwire.com Robert Geist Pinfold, Lecturer, Peace and Security, Durham University. Mohanad Hage Ali, Deputy Director for Research, Malcolm H Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center.  Host: Neave Barker Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
6/19/202425 minutes, 21 seconds
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Is a global nuclear arms race underway?

Is a global nuclear arms race underway? A report finds nuclear powers have increased spending on a scale never seen before. Ongoing armed conflicts are said to be the reason. So does that mean atomic weapons are likely to be used? And has nuclear deterrence failed? In this episode: Nikolai Sokov, Senior Fellow, Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation. Gary Samore, Professor, Brandeis University.  Victor Gao, Vice President, Center for China and Globalisation. Host: Neave Barker Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
6/18/202424 minutes, 46 seconds
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What's different about this year's weather conditions?

Soaring temperatures are setting records around the world. And severe floods and storms are becoming more frequent and unpredictable. So how do this year's weather conditions, differ from those before? And what is that telling us? In this episode: Carolina Pereira Marghidan, Heat Risk Consultant, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre. Linnea Wikstrom, Director, Construction and Health & Safety, Building and Woodworkers International. Eleni Myrivili, Global Chief Heat Officer, Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht–Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center and UN Habitat. Host: Tom McRae Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
6/17/202420 minutes, 40 seconds
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Will Macron's election gamble backfire?

Campaigning and protesting intensify in France ahead of a snap election. It's been called by President Emmanuel Macron after the far-right made big gains in the European Parliament election. So how important is this vote for France - and for Europe?  In this episode: Samantha de Bendern, Associate Fellow at Chatham House and geopolitical commentator on French TV channel La Chaine Info. Philippe Marliere is a Professor of French and European politics at University College London. Peter Humi is an independent France correspondent and university lecturer in Paris. Host: Tom McRae Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
6/16/202424 minutes, 52 seconds
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What's behind the EU's import tariffs on Chinese-made electric vehicles?

The EU plans to impose harsh new tariffs on Chinese-made electric vehicles. Beijing says it's pure protectionism. Division too in the EU about the plan, among German and other carmakers highly exposed to the Chinese market. So, what's behind this dispute and could it worsen? In this episode: Andy Mok, Senior Research Fellow, Center for China and Globalization, Beijng. Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer, Director, Center Automotive Research, Bochum, Germany. Vicky Pryce, Chief Economic Adviser, Centre for Economics and Business Research, London. Host: Tom McRae Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
6/15/202423 minutes, 52 seconds
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How will South Africa's new coalition gov't work?

There's a coalition for South Africa as the African National Congress has been forced to share power for the first time, following a bruising election. The leftist ANC will partner with former opponents from the centre-right. But what lies ahead and how will it work? In this episode: Pauline Bax, Africa Program Deputy Director at the International Crisis Group. FM Lucky Mathebula, CEO of the Thinc Foundation. Ongama Mtimka, Lecturer and Political Analyst at the Nelson Mandela University. Host: Sami Zeidan Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
6/14/202425 minutes, 6 seconds
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Why is violence escalating in Sudan's Al Fasher?

There's fierce fighting for Al Fasher, the capital of Sudan's North Darfur state. While human rights violations are being reported, just how important is this region in the year-long conflict? And what role are outsiders playing? In this episode: Dallia Mohamed Adelmoniem, Political Commentator and Analyst. Mathilde Vu, Norwegian Refugee Council's Advocacy Adviser. Hala Alkarib, Regional Director of the SIHA network. Host: Laura Kyle Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
6/13/202425 minutes, 17 seconds
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What have regional countries done to help Palestinians?

A gathering in Jordan calls for the need to accelerate aid delivery to Gaza. It comes more than eight months into Israel's war. But how is providing aid possible without a ceasefire?And what have regional countries done to help Palestinians? In this episode: Hisham Mhanna, Gaza Spokesman, International Committee of the Red Cross/Red Crescent. Tahani Mustafa, Senior Palestine Analyst, International Crisis Group. Mustafa Barghouti, Secretary General, Palestinian National Initiative. Host: Laura Kyle Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
6/12/202425 minutes, 29 seconds
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How will the rise of far-right parties shape European politics?

Shifting to the right. Far-right parties made gains in the European Parliament election, seriously threatening mainstream politicians. So what is behind their rise in popularity in Europe? And how could that shape politics on the 'old continent'? In this episode: Janine di Giovanni, Foreign Policy Analyst.  Katy Brown, Postdoctoral Fellow, Maynooth University.  Host: Nastasya Tay Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
6/11/202426 minutes, 3 seconds
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How could a new president affect Iran's politics?

Six candidates have been cleared to run in Iran's presidential race. Who are they, how do they differ and what role will they play? The vote is less than a month after the death of the former president. So what's at stake this time around? And how could the outcome affect the country's role in the region? In this episode: Abas Aslani, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Middle East Strategic Studies. Sanam Vakil, Director, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House. Mehran Kamrava, Director, Iranian Studies Unit, Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies. Host: Laura Kyle Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
6/10/202425 minutes, 10 seconds
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What does freeing Israeli captives mean for Netanyahu's government?

The Israeli government is under MORE pressure to secure the release of ALL captives in Gaza... after four were freed on Saturday. Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition is ALSO under threat of collapse. So how will all this affect talks to reach a deal on captives and a ceasefire? In this episode: Gershon Baskin, Middle East Director, International Communities Organization.  Mohammad Dahleh, Lawyer and Founder, Muhammad Dahleh and Associates. Scott Lucas, Professor, International Politics, Clinton Institute, University College Dublin. Host: Laura Kyle Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
6/9/202424 minutes, 21 seconds
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What does it mean for Israel being on the UN's 'blacklist'?

A list of shame...Israel lashes out at the UN after being added to a blacklist of countries harming children in wars. It says its army is the most moral in the world. So how does that stand up given the thousands of children it's killed in its ongoing war on Gaza? In this episode: Damien Lilly, Former Head, Protection Division, UNRWA.  Arwa Damon, Founder, INARA. Gideon Levy, Columnist, Haaretz.  Host: Laura Kyle Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
6/8/202423 minutes, 39 seconds
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What will bring an end to the conflict in Sudan?

Sudan has the world's largest number of displaced people and a majority are facing famine after more than a year of conflict. Sudan sits in a strategic area of northeast Africa, so, what are the regional implications of this conflict? And what can the international community do to bring Sudan back from a nationwide food emergency?  In this episode: Amgad Fareid Eltayeb, Executive Director of the Sudanese think-tank Fikra for Studies and Development.  Dr. Alaaeldin Nugud, Leadership member of the Civil Democratic Forces Alliance.  Alex De Waal - Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation. Host: Cyril Vanier Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
6/7/202424 minutes, 58 seconds
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Will Joe Biden's new immigration plan work?

US President Joe Biden has signed an executive order to curb the flow of asylum seekers at the southern border - a departure from his policies when he came to power. So, is the move motivated by the upcoming election? In this episode: Krish O'Mara Vignarajah, President and CEO of the non-profit organisation, Global Refuge. Amy Koch, Republican Strategist Leon Fresco, Immigration Attorney. Host: Cyril Vanier Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
6/6/202425 minutes, 7 seconds
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Has Narendra Modi's strategy to shape India failed?

He failed to get the sweeping majority he promised voters...India's Narendra Modi will now have to join a coalition to form a government. He's been accused of promoting divisive policies. But what lesson has this vote sent to his party? And will there be change? In this episode: Asif Bhamla, BJP Spokesman, Maharashtra.  Valay Singh, Author, 'Ayodhya: City of Faith, City of Discord'. Ravi Agrawal, Editor-In-Chief, Foreign Policy.  Host: Cyril Vanier Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
6/5/202425 minutes, 18 seconds
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Will Nigeria's government raise the minimum wage?

A general strike demanding higher wages brings Nigeria to a standstill. Protesters say economic reforms have pushed more people into poverty, but the government argues that they're needed. But what's the root cause of the crisis in Africa's most populous country? In this episode: Khalil Halilu, Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria's National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure. Amaka Anku, Head, Africa Practice, Eurasia Group. Hamzat Lawal, Founder, Connected Development.  Host: Cyril Vanier Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
6/4/202424 minutes, 29 seconds
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Could Biden's ceasefire proposal end Israel's war on Gaza?

It's a US ceasefire plan that's stirred heated debate in Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu is warned by his allies that their coalition will collapse if he accepts. Hamas said it's positive, but work still needs to be done. So could President Joe Biden's proposal end the war on Gaza? In this episode: Alon Liel, Former Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman and Ambassador. Mouin Rabbani, Non-resident Fellow, Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies.  Akbar Shahid Ahmed, Senior Diplomatic Correspondent, HuffPost. Host: Cyril Vanier Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
6/3/202425 minutes, 4 seconds
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What's behind South Africa's ANC election setback?

The ANC has controlled politics in South Africa for three decades. But not anymore. The African National Congress has lost its majority for the first time since taking power. So what's behind this setback? And how will it shape politics in this country? In this episode: Malaika Mahlatsi, Researcher, Institute for Pan African Thought and Conversation. Jan Hofmeyr, Head, Policy and Analysis Programme, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation. Mondli Makhanya, Editor-at-Large, City Press. Host: Tom McRae Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
6/2/202424 minutes, 43 seconds
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How could Trump's sentencing shape the US election?

Donald Trump could face more than 100 years in prison for falsifying business records. He'll find out shortly before Republicans decide whether he's their man for president. So how could all this shape the US election? And what does the rest of the world think? In this episode: Christian Christensen, Politics Professor, Stockholm University. Ron Filipkowski, Former State and Federal Prosecutor.  Greg Swenson, Chairman, Republicans Overseas UK.  Host: Tom McRae Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
6/1/202424 minutes, 58 seconds
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How are US-China relations affecting stability in Asia?

Asia's top security summit has begun in Singapore. But all eyes are on the US and China as tensions rise over the future of Taiwan. So, how is their relationship affecting stability in the region, and the rest of the world? In this episode: Andy Mok, Senior research fellow at Center for China and Globalisation. Samir Puri, A visiting lecturer in War Studies at Kings College London. David Des Roches, Professor at the Near East South Asia Center for Security Studies. Host: Sohail Rahman Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
5/31/202424 minutes, 45 seconds
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Can Haiti's new leader bring stability to the country?

Haiti has a new prime minister, Garry Conille, who was picked by the transitional council to turn the country around. Thousands of people have been killed in violence so far this year, and gangs control most of the capital. So, can Conille bring the stability Haiti needs? In this episode: Yvens Rumbold, Communications director of Policite. Diego Da Rin, Consultant expert on Haiti for the International Crisis Group. Erwan de Cherisey, Principle consultant at Janes. Host: Sami Zeidan Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
5/30/202424 minutes, 28 seconds
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Will a peace summit bring back attention to the Ukraine-Russia war?

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is hoping a peace summit will return the world's attention to Ukraine's war with Russia. But Russia's not invited and some major world leaders aren't coming. Does it have any chance of success? In this episode: Andrei Fedorov, Chairman, Fund for Political Research and Consulting, Russia. Domitilla Sagramoso, Senior Lecturer, King's College London.  Peter Zalmayev, Executive Director, Eurasia Democracy Initiative. Host: Sami Zeidan Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
5/29/202424 minutes, 37 seconds
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How tenuous is the peace deal between Israel and Egypt?

How tenuous is the decades-old peace deal between Egypt and Israel? The latest exchange of fire on the border exposes a fragile political relationship. The two countries insist peace is the strategic choice. But for how long, as the war in Gaza rages? In this episode: H.A. Hellyer, Non-resident Scholar, Middle East Programme, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  Uri Dromi, Former spokesman, Israeli government. Hussein Haridi, Veteran Egyptian Diplomat. Host: Cyril Vanier Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
5/28/202425 minutes, 1 second
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What's behind the political violence in Mexico?

Mexicans are preparing to vote in the largest elections in the country's history. The Latin American nation is grappling with rising violence and several candidates have been killed during the campaign. What's behind the political violence in Mexico and the region? In this episode: Carlos Bravo Regidor, Political analyst.  Maureen Meyer, Vice President, Programs, Washington Office on Latin America. Falko Ernst, Senior Analyst on Mexico, International Crisis Group.  Host: Cyril Vanier Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
5/27/202425 minutes, 12 seconds
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Does the African National Congress risk losing its power in South Africa?

As South Africans prepare to go to the polls, the governing African National Congress faces its toughest test yet. The party risks losing its majority in parliament. Where has it failed? And what has it accomplished? Has democratic South Africa lost its way? In this episode: Crystal Orderson, Host, Cape Talk. Lesego Makhubela, Spokesperson, African National Congress, Gauteng Province. Nqabayomzi Kwankwa, Opposition MP, United Democratic Movement. Host: Elizabeth Puranam  Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
5/26/202424 minutes, 12 seconds
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Do orders from the International Court of Justice serve any purpose?

Israel intensifies military operations in Gaza. That's despite the UN's top court ordering it to immediately halt its assault on Rafah. It’s not the first time Israel has refused to comply with an order from the world court. So what's the point of these measures? And how can they be enforced? In this episode: Mohammad Dahleh, Founder of an East-Jerusalem law firm. Alon Liel, Former Israeli Diplomat. William Schabas, Lecturer, Middleses University. Host: Folly Bah Thibault  Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
5/25/202424 minutes, 11 seconds
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What are the goals of the Biden-Ruto state visit?

In an effort to reshape US-Africa relations, President Joe Biden is hosting Kenya’s William Ruto for a state visit, declaring the East African nation a major non-NATO ally. So, what’s driving this effort to strengthen ties? And what does Kenya, and the African continent, stand to gain? In this episode: Stella Agara, Governance and security analyst who specialises in youth development. David Shinn, Professor of International Relations at George Washington University. Nicodemus Minde, Researcher at the Institute for Security Studies. Host: Folly Bah Thibault  Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
5/24/202424 minutes, 4 seconds
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How significant are China’s military drills around Taiwan?

China is conducting military exercises around Taiwan, just days after Lai Ching-te was sworn in as the island's new president. Beijing has called Lai a dangerous separatist. So, what do China's actions mean for the region? In this episode: Fang-yu Chen, Assistant professor of political science at Soochow University, Taiwan. Victor Gao, Vice President of the Center for China and Globalisation. Tomohiko Taniguchi, Special adviser at the Fujitsu Future Studies Centre.  Host: Tom McRae Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
5/23/202424 minutes, 55 seconds
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Will European nations recognise Palestine as a state?

Norway, Ireland and Spain announce they will recognise an independent Palestinian state. Will other European nations follow suit? And what does this mean for Palestine's efforts to become a full member of the United Nations? In this episode: Yossi Beilin, Former Israeli Cabinet Minister.  Julien Barnes-Dacey, Director, Middle East and North Africa programme, European Council on Foreign Relations. Carne Ross, Former British Diplomat, United Nations. Host: Cyril Vanier  Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
5/22/202424 minutes, 32 seconds
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What does the ICC's arrest warrants for Israeli leaders mean for Israel?

The International Criminal Court's top prosecutor seeks arrest warrants for Israeli and Hamas leaders. The United States has condemned the move against its ally. But will the ICC's action deepen Israel's international isolation for its war on Gaza? In this episode: Diana Buttu, Palestinian Lawyer and Legal Analyst. Daniel Levy, President, U.S./Middle East Project. Kate Mackintosh, Executive Director, University of California Los Angeles Law School's Promise Institute for Human Rights Europe. Host: Adrian Finighan  Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
5/21/202424 minutes, 1 second
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What does the death of Ebrahim Raisi mean for Iran?

A tragic twist of fate for Iran. President Ebrahim Raisi killed in a helicopter crash, at a time of rising tension in the region and domestic anger over an economic crisis. So, what does the death of a man, widely thought to have become the next supreme leader, mean for Iran? In this episode: Mohammad Marandi, Professor, University of Tehran.  Roxane Farmanfarmaian, Professor, University of Cambridge. Trita Parsi, Executive Vice President, Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft.  Host: Dareen Abughaida Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
5/20/202424 minutes, 42 seconds
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What does Benny Gantz's threat to quit mean for Israel's government?

An ultimatum for the Israeli prime minister. War cabinet member Benny Gantz threatens to quit the unity government if Benjamin Netanyahu fails to present a post-war plan for Gaza by June the 8th. What could this mean for the future of Netanyahu's administration? In this episode: Yossi Mekelberg, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House. Alon Liel, Lecturer, Conflict Resolution Programme, Tel Aviv University. Udi Goren, Cousin of an Israeli hostage who was killed while being held captive in Gaza. Host: Cyril Vanier Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
5/19/202424 minutes, 15 seconds
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Can the ICJ stop Israel's assault on Rafah?

In its latest appeal, South Africa has called on the UN's top court for urgent measures to order a halt on Israel's assault on Rafah. Since early this month, Israeli forces have been pounding the southern city where more than 1.5 million Palestinians had taken shelter, after escaping from other parts of Gaza. Hundreds of thousands are being forced to flee again. Israel says its operation is limited and aimed at targeting the last stronghold of Hamas in Rafah. South Africa calls it a 'genocidal act'. The International Court of Justice has ordered some provisional measures since Pretoria first filed a case in January. But Israel has largely ignored them. So can the ICJ enforce its orders? And will its decisions make any difference, apart from affecting world opinion? In this episode: Toby Cadman, International Human Rights lawyer.  Nour Odeh, Political Analyst.  Robbie Sabel, Professor, International Law, Hebrew University.  Host: Elizabeth Puranam Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
5/18/202425 minutes, 7 seconds
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What's the global impact of Putin and Xi's deepening relationship?

Presidents Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping have met more than 40 times in the last 10 years, and Putin's latest visit to China comes as Russia's dependence on Beijing has increased due to sanctions imposed over its invasion of Ukraine. So, could this deepening friendship lead to a shift in alliances and the global balance of power?  In this episode: Andy Mok, Senior Research Fellow at Center for China and Globalisation. Chris Weafer, Chief Executive Officer at Macro-Advisory. Theresa Fallon, Director of the Centre for Russia Europe Asia Studies. Host: Elizabeth Puranam Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
5/17/202425 minutes, 24 seconds
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Will the Trump-Biden debates matter?

Donald Trump has accepted a challenge to face off against President Joe Biden in two TV debates, setting the stage for the US Presidential Election. But will they actually take place? And what difference could they make in the race to the White House? In this episode: Brian Stelter, Journalist. Elaine Kamarck, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Steve Herman, Chief National Correspondent at Voice of America.  Host: Elizabeth Puranam Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
5/16/202424 minutes, 47 seconds
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Could Georgia's 'foreign agents' bill jeopardise its bid to join the EU?

Angry protests in Georgia. The Parliament has approved a so-called 'foreign agents' bill.Critics say it steers the country away from democracy, by adopting a Russian-style system. So what's next for Georgia? And could this end its aspirations to join the EU? In this episode: Hans Gutbrod, Professor, Public Policy, Illia State University, Georgia. Ketevan Shoshiashvili, Senior Researcher, Transparency International. Dachi Imedadze, Campaign Strategist, SHAME Movement. Host: Tom McRae Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
5/15/202425 minutes, 16 seconds
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What are impacts of the rise of the far-right across Europe?

A predicted sharp right turn. From Italy to France, Germany and the Netherlands, right-wing and far-right parties have made significant gains across Europe ahead of June's parliamentary elections. So, what's at stake? And what are the consequences for the continent and the world? In this episode: Pieter Cleppe, Editor-in-Chief, BrusselsReport.eu. Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, MEP Candidate, Renew Europe Group. Aurelien Mondon, Lecturer, French and Comparative Politics, University of Bath. Host: Folly Bah Thibault  Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
5/14/202424 minutes, 27 seconds
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How significant is this latest Russian offensive in Kharkiv?

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says his troops are locked in fierce battles in northeastern Ukraine, where the Russian army is taking control of villages and attacking energy facilities. How significant is this latest Russian offensive in Kharkiv? In this episode: Hanna Shelest, Security Studies Program Director, Ukrainian Prism.  Roger Hilton, Defence and Security Fellow, GLOBSEC. Pavel Felgenhauer, Independent Russian Defence and Military Analyst. Host: Sami Zeidan Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
5/13/202425 minutes, 3 seconds
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What's going on with elections in the Indian-administered Kashmir?

Voters are going to the polls in Indian-administered Kashmir. It's the first parliamentary elections since Narendra Modi's government cancelled the region's partial autonomy in 2019. And for the first time in years, people aren't boycotting the vote.The prime minister says repealing Kashmir's special status has helped integrate it with the rest of the country. He also says it's brought peace and development after decades of separatist violence. Why then has Modi's party not nominated a candidate to contest the three seats in the Muslim-majority region? In this episode: Noor Ahmad Baba, Retired Political Science Professor, University of Kashmir. Sunil Sethi, Chief Spokesman, Bharatiya Janata Party, Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir.  Radha Kumar, Author, academic and one of three government-appointed interlocutors to represent the views of Kashmiri society to India's Cabinet Committee on Security in 2010.  Host: Laura Kyle Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
5/12/202424 minutes, 53 seconds
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What difference could a full Palestinian UN membership make?

Overwhelming support at the UN General Assembly for Palestine's bid for full membership. It comes as condemnation of Israel's war on Gaza increases. But the US says it will veto the motion again at the Security Council. So what difference could the resolution make? In this episode: Jeffrey Sachs, Former Advisor, UN Secretary Generals. Mustafa Barghouti, General Secretary, Palestinian National Initiative. Yossi Mekelberg, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House. Host: Neave Barker  Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
5/11/202424 minutes, 41 seconds
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What did Xi Jinping achieve during his tour of Europe?

China's president Xi Jinping has wrapped up his first trip to Europe in five years, visiting France, Serbia and Hungary. So, what did he achieve during this tour? In this episode: David Mahon, Founder and Chairman of Mahon China. Steve Tsang, Director of SOAS China Institute, University of London. Nenad Stekic, Research Fellow, Institute of International Politics and Economics. Host: Neave Barker  Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
5/10/202425 minutes, 6 seconds
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How serious is Biden's warning over Israel's invasion of Rafah?

Joe Biden has issued the strongest warning yet over a potential ground invasion of Rafah by Israeli forces, threatening to stop supplying arms which have been part of the United States' efforts 'to secure Israel'. So, what's behind Biden's? In this episode: Scott Lucas, Professor at University College Dublin's Clinton Institute.  Tahani Mustafa, Senior Palestine Analyst with the NGO International Crisis Group.  Menachem Klein, Political Science professor at Bar-Ilan University.  Host: Neave Barker  Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
5/9/202424 minutes, 36 seconds
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What are the consequences of Israel's seizure of Gaza's Rafah crossing?

Israel's seizure of the Rafah Crossing worsens an already dire situation for 2.3 million Palestinians in Gaza. Their last gateway to the outside world, is now closed. Why has Israel defied the US over this? And what could the consequences be for all sides? In this episode: Salman Sheikh, Founder, The Sheikh Group. Nour Odeh, Political Analyst. H.A. Hellyer, Senior Associate Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  Host: Tom McRae Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
5/8/202424 minutes, 48 seconds
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What will another six years of Putin mean for Russia?

Russia's president Vladimir Putin has been installed for a fifth term with his hold on power firmer than ever. But the war in Ukraine has led to the worst relations with the West since the Cold War. So what will six more years of Putin mean for Russia and the world? In this episode: Andrey Baklanov, Deputy Chairman, Association of Russian Diplomats.  Philip Short, Biographer of Vladimir Putin.  Christopher Weafer, CEO, Macro-Advisory. Host: Tom McRae Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
5/7/202425 minutes, 2 seconds
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What are the implications of banning Al Jazeera in Israel?

Al Jazeera banned in Israel. The government's move condemned by the network as a criminal act against international and humanitarian law. Al Jazeera has shown the realities of what's happening in Gaza. But what's behind this ban? And how effective will it be? In this episode: Ronnie Kasrils, A Leading Anti-apartheid Activist.  Maria Ressa, Co-Founder, Rappler.  Jonathan Dagher, Head, Middle East Desk, Reporters Without Borders. Host: Tom McRae Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
5/6/202423 minutes, 44 seconds
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How significant are England's election results?

After a landslide win in the last general election, the UK's governing Conservative Party's support collapses in local elections in England. Gains for the Labour Party - dented however by its stance on the war on Gaza. So, how significant are these election results? In this episode: Chris Wilkins, Former Director, Strategy, for Prime Minister Theresa May. Peter Geoghegan, Author, 'Democracy For Sale'. Alistair Jones, Associate Professor, Politics, De Montfort University.  Host: Neave Barker  Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
5/5/202424 minutes, 35 seconds
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How will Turkey's trade ban on Israel affect both economies?

For years, Israel and Turkey had been crucial trade partners. It was a commercial relationship worth nearly 7-billion dollars a year. But Israel's war on Gaza changed all that. The Turkish government has been demanding a halt to the violence that's killed nearly 35,000 Palestinians. Ankara has now announced a total trade ban until Israel agrees to a ceasefire. But has President Recep Tayyip Erdogan acted under domestic pressure, after a setback in local elections was blamed partly for continuing to do business with Israel? And how will this affect the economies of both sides?  In this episode: Vehbi Baysan, Assistant Professor, İbn Haldun University. Gideon Levy, Columnist, Haaretz. Vladimir Vano, Chief Economist, GLOBSEC. Host: Neave Barker  Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
5/4/202425 minutes, 12 seconds
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Is support for Israel waning among young Americans?

Successive US administrations across the political divide have backed Israel since it was created in 1948.  But polls suggest that unequivocal public support now appears to be waning, especially among the young.A Pew Research study two years ago indicated that only 41% in the age-group of 18 to 29 had a favourable view of Israel. And many from this generation are now protesting in university campuses against the war on Gaza. So, is the anger among young Americans highlighting a generational divide in Washington's policy towards Israel? And what are the reasons reshaping public opinion? In this episode: Clair Davenport-- Student, Columbia Journalism School Julie Norman-- Deputy Director, UCL Centre on US PoliticsKeir Milburn-- Author, 'Generation Left'    Host:  Nick Clark Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube  
5/3/202424 minutes, 48 seconds
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Will Palestine solidarity protests impact President Biden's bid for re-election?

Standoffs between police and Palestine solidarity protesters on US college campuses are intensifying. Violent confrontations are giving rise to fears of outside interference. Politicians are taking sides. How will the protests affect President Joe Biden's bid for a second term?In this episode: Niambi Carter -- Associate Professor, University of Maryland Rami Khouri -- Political analyst  James Davis -- Republican strategist   Host:  Nastasya Tay Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
5/2/202423 minutes, 44 seconds
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Will Netanyahu's threat to invade Rafah disrupt ceasefire talks?

The 'time is now' -  Antony Blinken striking an urgent tone in his attempts to get a ceasefire in Gaza. America's top diplomat says a strong proposal is on the table, as he makes his seventh visit to the Middle East since fighting began in October. That's as indirect negotiations for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, carry on in Egypt. But questions are being raised about the chances of an agreement after Israeli Prime Minister reiterated his plan to invade Rafah. Can Benjamin Netanyahu's threat disrupt talks to end the war ? In this episode: Daniel Levy, President, US Middle East Project.  Nour Odeh, Political Analyst.  William Lawrence, Professor, American University.  Host: Nick Clark  Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
5/1/202424 minutes, 55 seconds
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What will the political standoff in Georgia mean for its country?

A political standoff in Georgia. The government says a bill it's trying to pass for a second time would regulate foreign influence and protect the country's sovereignty. But critics are protesting it would crush freedoms. European leaders have criticised the bill. Can the crisis undermine Georgia's ambition to join the European Union? In this episode: Mariam Lashkhi, Member, Georgian Parliament. Thornike Gordadze, Fellow, Jacques Delors Institute. Khatia Dekanoidze, Member, Georgian Parliament.  Host: Laura Kyle Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
4/30/202424 minutes, 12 seconds
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Will the ICC issue arrest warrants for Israeli officials?

All eyes are on the International Criminal Court. It's investigating Israel's actions in Gaza and the West Bank. And Israeli officials fear it's preparing to issue arrest warrants against the Prime Minister and other senior figures. So what would legal action mean for the country and its leaders? Host: Nick Clark and Guests. Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
4/29/202424 minutes, 8 seconds
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What are the challenges of clearing tonnes of rubble from Gaza?

A wasteland of rubble. The UN says clearing the debris from Israel's war on Gaza will be a huge challenge that could take 14 years. Unexploded munitions will also make this a dangerous task. So, what will this mean for the millions of Palestinians who hope to return to their homes? In this episode: Jonathan Guthrie, Director of Operations, Norwegian People's Aid. Federico Dessi, Middle East Director, Humanity and Inclusion. Raja Khalidi, Director General, Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute. Host: Folly Bah Thibault Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
4/28/202425 minutes
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Has the South African governing party failed to live up to its promises?

30 years of Freedom. South Africans are marking three decades since the end of apartheid. But the country is facing major challenges as it heads into an election So, has the governing ANC failed to live up to its promises? In this episode: Melanie Verwoerd, Political Analyst. William Gumede, Founder, Democracy Works Foundation. Zackie Achmat, Activist and Independent Candidate for South Africa's Parliament. Host: Neave Barker Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
4/27/202422 minutes, 53 seconds
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Is freedom of speech under threat in the US?

From coast to coast, anger is rising in US universities against Israel's war on Gaza. Students are defying a crackdown and demanding their schools cut off links with Israel. But have these protests become politicised? And is freedom of speech under threat? In this episode: Jude Taha, a Palestinian Journalist and Student at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.  Jeremi Suri, Historian and Professor of Global Leadership, History, and Public Policy at the University of Texas at Austin.  Rina Shah, Political Strategist and a Former Senior U.S. Congressional Aide.  Host:  Laura Kyle Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
4/26/202425 minutes, 22 seconds
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How will Israel respond to reports of mass graves in Gaza?

There's a global outcry after the discovery of more mass graves in two Gaza hospitals. Israel is under pressure to provide answers. But will it? And how will it be held to account? In this episode: Mansour Shouman, Gaza Citizen Journalist. Andreas Kleiser, Director for Policy and Cooperation at the International Commission on Missing Persons. Kenneth Roth, Visiting Professor at Princeton School for Public and International Affairs.  Host: Mohammed Jamjoom Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
4/25/202424 minutes, 21 seconds
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How can we reduce food insecurity?

How can we reduce food insecurity? A report by 16 agencies finds the lives of nearly 300 million people globally are in danger. And that spreading conflict, rather than climate change, is the biggest cause. Has enough been done to address the crisis? In this episode: Alex de Waal,  Executive Director, World Peace Foundation, Tufts University.  Mamadou Goita, Member, International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems.  Jemilah Mahmood, Executive Director, Sunway Centre for Planetary Health, Sunway University.  Host: Mohammed Jamjoom Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
4/24/202426 minutes, 35 seconds
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What's the significance of Israel's military intelligence chief resigning?

The first senior Israeli official has resigned over Hamas' October attack. The military intelligence chief took responsibility for major security failures. What message does it send during Israel's war on Gaza? And could it be the first step towards accountability? In this episode: Daniel Levy, President, U.S. / Middle East Project. Antony Loewenstein, Author, 'The Palestine Laboratory'.  Gideon Levy, Columnist, Haaretz.  Host: Mohammed Jamjoom Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
4/23/202425 minutes, 26 seconds
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What are the consequences of an Israeli invasion of Rafah?

Rafah in southern Gaza, the last refuge for 1.5 million Palestinians, is sheltering in fear of an Israeli ground invasion. The US and European allies are all opposed. So will Israel push ahead regardless? What would be the consequences? In this episode: Kholoud Jwefil, Economic Justice Officer, Oxfam.  Robert Geist Pinfold, Peace and Security Lecturer, Durham University. Hisham Mhanna, Spokesman in Gaza, International Committee of the Red Cross. Host: James Bays Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
4/22/202424 minutes, 37 seconds
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What does a 61 billion dollar US aid package mean for Ukraine?

The US House of Representatives agrees to a 61 billion dollar aid package to Ukraine after months of political wrangling. More than a-third will go to weapons to battle Russian forces.Will this help end the war? Or will it just prolong the fighting? In this episode: Chris Hedges, Former Middle East Bureau Chief, New York Times. Anatol Lieven, Director, Eurasia Programme, Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. Patrick Bury, Defence and Security Analyst. Host: Tom McRae Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
4/21/202424 minutes, 37 seconds
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What does India's election mean for its nation?

Six weeks of voting in an election where India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks a third term. Opponents say repression and sectarianism have increased under his leadership. So, what are the issues for Indians? And will this election be free and fair? In this episode: Mohan Krishna, Spokesperson, Bharatiya Janata Party or BJP. Arshpreet Khadial, Chief Spokesperson, Indian National Congress. Sravasti Dasgupta - Reporter, The Wire.  Host: Sami Zeidan Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
4/20/202424 minutes, 13 seconds
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What comes next after Israel struck Iran?

Iran has shot down Israeli drones in the latest confrontation, igniting global calls for restraint. Both east and west are fearful of what more conflict could mean for the region and the world. So, what are Iran and Israel thinking? And what's next? In this episode: Mohammad Marandi, Dean of Faculty of World Studies at the University of Tehran. Gideon Levy, Columnist for the Haaretz Newspaper. Roxane Farmanfarmaian, Professor of Modern Middle East Politics at the University of Cambridge. Host: Elizabeth Puranam Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
4/19/202423 minutes, 56 seconds
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Is national unity possible in a fragmented Somalia?

Federal leaders are invited to discuss insecurity and constitutional changes with the aim of ending divisions in Somalia. But with Somali politics so deeply fragmented, is national unity possible? And what role do Somalia's neighbours play in achieving a more peaceful future? In this episode: Abdi Ismail Samatar, Somali Senator for Somaliland. Afyare Elmi, Research Professor at City University of Mogadishu. Omar Mahmood, Senior Analyst for Eastern Africa at the International Crisis Group. Host: Mohammed Jamjoom Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
4/18/202425 minutes, 45 seconds
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Why is Pakistan expelling Afghan refugees?

Why is Pakistan expelling Afghan refugees? Afghanistan says the move is illegal. Pakistan insists it's for security reasons. Is this politically motivated? And how will Taliban officials deal with it? In this episode: Nilofer Afridi Qazi, Social Worker by Trade.  Faiz Zaland, Professor, Political Science, Kabul University.  Devon Cone, Senior Advocate, Women and Girls, Refugees International. Host: James Bays Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
4/17/202425 minutes, 14 seconds
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What does it take to stop Sudan's humanitarian crisis?

A conflict with no end in sight. The war in Sudan is taking a heavy toll on civilians, with millions forced from their homes and on the verge of famine. What does it take to stop the humanitarian crisis? And can diplomacy stop the fighting? In this episode: Hala Al-Karib, Regional Director, Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa. Duncan Riddell, Norwegian Refugee Council.  Host: James Bays Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
4/16/202425 minutes, 56 seconds
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Will Israel respond to Iran's first ever direct attack?

Will Israel respond to Iran's first ever direct attack? The Israeli government is under pressure not to retaliate, but says it's weighing its options. What could they be? And what would a direct confrontation between the regional rivals mean for an already volatile Middle East? In this episode: Randa Slim, Senior Fellow and Director, Conflict Resolution, Middle East Institute. Robert Geist Pinfold, Lecturer, Peace and Security, Durham University. Akiva Eldar, Political Analyst. Host: James Bays Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
4/15/202425 minutes, 42 seconds
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Is it still possible to prevent a wider conflict after Iran's attack on Israel?

For the first time ever, a direct Iranian attack on Israel - a barrage of drones and missiles fired in retaliation for a strike on the Iranian consulate in Syria. Most were shot down, but the world watches with deepening concern. Who'll be saying what to whom to try to bring calm? In this episode: Mohammad Marandi, Professor, University of Tehran. Yossi Mekelberg, Associate Fellow, Chatham House. Akbar Shahid Ahmed, Senior Diplomatic Correspondent, Huffpost.  Host: James Bays Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
4/14/202425 minutes, 49 seconds
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What are the dangers of escalating tensions between Iran and Israel?

Iran is threatening retaliation for the Israeli attack on the Iranian consulate in Syria. The US talks up the possibility of an imminent strike by Tehran and vows to defend Israel. How dangerous is the situation? What's the risk of a wider conflict? In this episode: Hassan Ahmadian, Professor, Middle East and North Africa Studies, University of Tehran. Trita Parsi, Executive Vice President, Quincy Institute. Carne Ross, Founder, Independent Diplomat Advisory Group. Host: James Bays Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
4/13/202424 minutes, 53 seconds
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What more can be done to tackle climate change?

'Humanity has only two years left to save the world' - according to the UN's climate chief.As more people worldwide deal with record-breaking temperatures and natural disasters, what more can be done to cut emissions and cool our heating planet? In this episode: Patrick Ten Brink, Secretary General of the European Environmental Bureau. John Sweeney, Professor Emeritus at Maynooth University. Suzanne Lynch, Associate Editor at Politico, Global Playbook Author. Host: Laura Kyle Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
4/12/202425 minutes, 22 seconds
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What's the impact of Israel's targeted killing strategy?

The three sons and four grandchildren of Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh have been assassinated in Gaza. Their names added to a long list of people killed by Israeli targeted operations worldwide. So, why does Israel pursue such a policy? And what impact does it have? In this episode: Ilan Pappe, Professor of History at Exeter University in the UK. Rami Khouri, Columnist and Analyst. Colin Clarke, Director of Research at The Soufan Group. Host: Sohail Rahman Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
4/11/202425 minutes, 3 seconds
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What's behind Germany's support of Israel?

Germany denies supplying Israel with weapons of war, yet it's one of the staunchest supporters of Israel's war on Gaza. What's behind Germany's position? And what are the long-term consequences for its diplomacy in the Middle East? In this episode: Tobias Bacherle, Member of the German Parliament and a political scientist. John Kampfner, Author and Journalist. Shir Hever, Director of the Alliance for Justice between Israelis and Palestinians. Host: Laura Kyle Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
4/10/202423 minutes, 48 seconds
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Is Germany complicit in Israel’s war on Gaza?

Germany is complicit in Israel's genocide in Gaza and that must end, according to Nicaragua's argument before the UN's top court. Germany says Nicaragua has a one-sided view of the war in Gaza. So, what does this case mean for countries supplying Israel with weapons? In this episode: Matthias Goldmann, Senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute. Diana Buttu, Palestinian lawyer. Kenneth Roth, Sisiting professor at the Princeton School for Public and International Affairs.  Host: James Bays Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
4/9/202424 minutes, 50 seconds
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Is Myanmar on a path to civil war?

Is Myanmar's military losing ground? A daring attack by rebel groups is seen as a turning point. The country has been in turmoil since a coup three years ago. So, is Myanmar on a path to civil war? And what would that mean for the region? In this episode: Khin Ohmar, Spokesperson, Progressive Voice.  Kim Jolliffe, Independent Consultant, Myanmar.  Nicholas Bequelin, Visiting Fellow, Paul Tsai China Center, Yale Law School.  Host: James Bays Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
4/8/202425 minutes, 40 seconds
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What will it take for Israel and Hamas to call a truce?

Yet, another round of talks to reach a truce in Gaza. Repeated attempts have so far failed to end Israel's 6-month war on the strip. With both Israel and Hamas sticking to their positions, will this round be any different? And is a deal even possible? In this episode: Dan Perry, Author, "Ask Questions Later", Substack. Munir Nuseibah, Professor, International Law, Al Quds University. Hafsa Halawa, Non-resident Fellow, Middle East Institute. Host: James Bays Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube  
4/7/202425 minutes, 55 seconds
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Has the killing of aid workers affected Israel's international standing?

The sharpest criticism yet of Israel's actions in Gaza among its allies with even the US joining the global chorus of condemnation. After more than 33,000 Palestinian deaths, Israel's killing of seven international aid workers triggered the west's most furious response to date. So how have events this week affected Israel's international standing? In this episode: Nour Odeh, Palestinian Political Analyst. Gideon Levy, Columnist, Haaretz. Chris Doyle, Director, Council for Arab-British Understanding. Host: James Bays Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
4/6/202424 minutes, 14 seconds
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What's the dispute behind the Ethiopia-Somaliland port deal?

A deal between Ethiopia and the breakaway region of Somaliland has further worsened diplomatic relations with Somalia. Its government is furious at the agreement that would give landlocked Ethiopia access to the Red Sea. Why is this dispute worsening? And could there be wider consequences? In this episode: Samuel Getachew, Political commentator specialising in Ethiopia. Sharmake Ali, Activist with UK-Somaliland Alliance. Abdulkareem Jama, Chair of the Heritage Institute for Policy Studies. Host: James Bay Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
4/5/202424 minutes, 9 seconds
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Is the world paying enough attention to the threat of climate change?

A state of emergency has been declared in Zimbabwe due to extreme drought putting millions of people in danger. As wars rage in Gaza and Ukraine, there's another battle: climate change, which arguably makes fewer headlines. So, is the world paying enough attention to this global threat? In this episode: John Sweeney, Professor Emeritus at Maynooth University. Maurice Onyango, Regional Head of Disaster Risk Management at Plan International. Carlo Buentempo, Director of the Copernicus Climate Change Service. Host: Mohammed Jamjoom  Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
4/4/202423 minutes, 59 seconds
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Is attacking aid supplies a tactic in Israel's genocidal war?

US president Joe Biden says he's outraged by Israel's killing of international aid workers in Gaza. The seven victims join the nearly 200 Palestinian relief workers killed by Israeli forces in the past few months. Is attacking aid supplies one of the tactics in Israel's genocidal war? In this episode: Bushra Khalidi, Policy Lead, Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel, Oxfam. Chris Gunness, Human Rights Activist. Sari Bashi, Program Director, Human Rights Watch. Host: Hashem Ahelbarra Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
4/3/202424 minutes, 7 seconds
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Why is Israel targeting Al Jazeera?

Al Jazeera targeted. Benjamin Netanyahu says the network will no longer broadcast from Israel because it threatens national security. The channel says that's inflammatory slander. What's really behind the ban? And what does it mean for Israel's war on Gaza? In this episode: Irene Khan, United Nations Special Rapporteur. Mansour Shouman, Gazan Aid Activist. Daniel Levy, President, U.S./Middle East Project. Host: Hashem Ahelbarra Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
4/2/202425 minutes, 6 seconds
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Will Narendra Modi serve another term as India's prime minister?

Will Narendra Modi serve a third term? The Indian prime minister has launched his party's campaign for the upcoming elections - boasting of his achievements in the past decade. But what about his controversial policies on Hindu nationalism? In this episode: Yamini Aiyar, Former president, Centre for Policy Research. Ravi Agrawal, Editor-in-chief, Foreign Policy. Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay, Journalist, Hindu Nationalistic Politics.  Host: James Bays Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
4/1/202425 minutes, 9 seconds
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Will Ultra-Orthodox Jews serve in Israel's military?

Will Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel serve in its military? The government is under growing pressure to end their decades-long exemption. That's as calls are growing for ALL groups to join the army, as the war rages on in Gaza. But what would a change mean for Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition? In this episode: Efraim Inbar, President, Jerusalem Institute for Strategy. Yossi Mekelberg, Associate Fellow, Chatham House. Meron Rapoport, Editor, "Local Call".  Host: James Bays Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
3/31/202424 minutes, 34 seconds
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What's at stake in Turkey's elections?

Turks go to the polls again, this time for municipal elections. President Erdogan's party hopes to re-take control of major cities, while the opposition wants to cement gains made in 2019. But what shapes these elections? And what direction could Turkiye take? In this episode: Ahmet Kasim Han, Professor, Political Science and International Relation, Beykoz University. Vehbi Baysan, Assistant Professor, İbn Haldun University. Mehmet Celik, Editorial Coordinator, Daily Sabah Newspaper. Host: James Bay Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
3/30/202424 minutes, 19 seconds
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What's behind the ICJ's latest court order for Israel?

The International Court of Justice tells Israel to allow supplies into Gaza - saying famine is setting in there. But its previous orders in the war have so far been ignored. So, what's the significance of this latest decision? And can it help Gaza's people? In this episode: Ardi Imseis, Professor of International Law at Queen's University. Ahmed Abofoul, International lawyer and researcher. Akbar Shahid Ahmed, Senior diplomatic correspondent at Huffpost. Host: James Bay Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
3/29/202424 minutes, 19 seconds
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What's behind Florida's new social media ban for children?

A new law in Florida will restrict or ban children from social media. Supporters say it gives them much needed protection. But it's opposed by tech corporations, and free speech and privacy advocates. So, what are the arguments for and against it? And what's the rest of the world doing? In this episode: Hannah Oertel, Founder of Delay Smartphones. Nirali Bhatia, A cyber psychologist. Noeline Blackwell, Online Safety Coordinator of the Irish charity Children's Rights Alliance. Host: Nick Clark Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
3/28/202423 minutes, 54 seconds
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Why is the UN Special Rapporteur accusing Israel of genocidal acts?

A report by a UN special rapporteur accuses Israel of genocidal acts in Gaza. The entire area has been classified as a military objective, making all Palestinians there potential targets. So, how does the report reflect the reality on the ground? In this episode: Mustafa Barghouti, Secretary General, Palestinian National Initiative. Yousef Hammash, Gaza Advocacy Officer, The Norwegian Refugee Council. Geoffrey Nice, Human Rights Lawyer. Host: Mohammed Jamjoom Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
3/27/202423 minutes, 43 seconds
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What does the UNSC passing a ceasefire resolution mean for Gaza?

Israel reacts with fury as the United Nations Security Council votes for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. The US abstained and didn't use its veto. What does the resolution mean for the Palestinians, Israel and its allies? In this episode: Diana Buttu, Palestinian Lawyer.  Gideon Levy, Columnist, Haaretz.  Chris Hedges, Former Middle East Bureau Chief, New York Times.  Host: Hashem Ahelbarra Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
3/26/202426 minutes, 25 seconds
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What are the implications of the US suspending its funding to UNRWA?

Another blow to UNRWA. A new US law includes a year-long ban on funding to the UN agency that supports Palestinian refugees. Washington stands with Israel - accusing some employees of taking part in Hamas' attacks. What does this mean for the people of Gaza? In this episode: Loay Elbasyouni, Gaza Native, Educated, UNRWA school in Gaza.  Chris Gunness, Former UNRWA spokesperson. Tamer Qarmout, Professor, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies. Host: Hashem Ahelbarra Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
3/25/202425 minutes, 19 seconds
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How will Russia retaliate to the mass shooting in Moscow?

How will Russia retaliate to the mass shooting in Moscow? An affiliate of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has claimed responsibility. The group has targeted Russia before. What are the implications of this latest attack? In this episode: Ahmed Rashid, Veteran Journalist who specialises on Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Owen Matthews, Author, 'Overreach: The Inside Story of Putin's War Against Ukraine'.  Jerome Drevon, Senior Analyst, Jihad and Modern Conflict, International Crisis Group.  Host: James Bays Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
3/24/202426 minutes, 46 seconds
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Can the UN Security Council agree on a ceasefire in Gaza?

Can the United Nations Security Council agree on a resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza? It's rejected the latest text drafted by the US. Other members will present a new one. But how likely is it to pass? And if it does, how would it be enforced? In this episode: Francis J. Ricciardone, Former US Ambassador to Egypt and Turkiye. Hussein Haridi, Member, Egyptian Foreign Affairs Council.  Hanan Ashrawi, Former Member, Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee. Host: James Bays Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
3/23/202425 minutes, 40 seconds
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Will Blinken's sixth Middle East visit impact the Israel-Gaza war?

The US Secretary of State is on his sixth visit to the Middle East since Israel started its war on Gaza. So what has Antony Blinken got to offer this time? And can Washington pressure Israel's government to change direction? In this episode: Marcelle Wahba, President Emeritus of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. Roxane Farmanfarmaian, specialist in Modern Middle East Politics. Nour Odeh, Palestinian political analyst. Host: Nick Clark Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
3/22/202425 minutes, 48 seconds
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What are the implications of Vietnam's president resigning?

Vietnam's president is being forced out after only a year in office. Vo Van Thuong is the latest high-profile figure to be toppled in a country important to both China and the West.So why has he gone? And what are the international implications? In this episode: Hai Hong Nguyen, A senior lecturer at VinUniversity in Hanoi. Carlyle Thayer, Professor Emeritus at the University of New South Wales.  Nguyen Khac Giang, Visiting Fellow at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. Host: Rob Matheson Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
3/21/202425 minutes, 19 seconds
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Who's arming Israel's genocidal war on Gaza?

Israel's war on Gaza has relied mostly on western arms and technology to kill around thirty-two thousand Palestinians. And despite growing opposition, those weapons keep flowing. So who's supplying Israel with the tools for genocide? And could there be legal consequences? In this episode: Sarah Yager, Washington Director, Human Rights Watch. Wendela de Vries, Co-founder, top Wapenhandel. Brian Finucane, US Senior Adviser, International Crisis Group. Host: Elizabeth Puranam  Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube  Elizabeth Puranam 
3/20/202424 minutes, 41 seconds
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What can bring Gaza's suffering to an end?

Famine in Gaza. Israel's genocidal assault is continuing after five months of slaughter, mostly with western supplied weapons. International pressure has amounted to little more than words. What can bring Gaza's suffering to an end? In this episode: Fidaa Al Araj, Oxfam Aid Worker, Gaza. Arwa Mhanna, Middle East Senior Adviser, Advocacy and Policy, Mercy Corps Aid Agency. Francesca Albanese, UN Special Rapporteur, Occupied Palestinian Territory. Host: Cyril Vanier Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
3/19/202419 minutes, 44 seconds
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What are the impacts of Niger cutting military cooperation with the US?

Niger has cut military ties with the United States - a setback from what was once a crucial ally in West Africa. It follows other leaders in the Sahel in forging closer ties with Russia, after taking power in military coups. So, what impact will this have on the region? In this episode: Idayat Hassan, A Senior Associate, Non-Resident, Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Abuja. Alexis Akwagyiram, Managing Director, Semafor Africa, London. Kabir Adamu - Security and Intelligence Specialist, focusing on West Africa and the Sahel region, Abuja. Host: Hashem Ahelbarra Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
3/18/202425 minutes, 5 seconds
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Could Haiti be on the brink of collapse?

Could Haiti be on the brink of collapse? Gangs control most of the capital, people are starving as humanitarian aid is blocked, and a political vacuum is only worsening the crisis. What's caused this unprecedented chaos in Haiti? And what's the way out? In this episode: Jean Eddy Saint Paul, Founding director, City University of New York's Haitian Studies Institute.  Emmanuela Douyon, Executive Director, 'Policite'.  John Packer, Director, Human Rights Research and Education Centre, Ottawa University.  Host: Hashem Ahelbarra Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
3/17/202424 minutes, 45 seconds
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What purpose will the Palestinian Authority's new prime minister serve?

Under growing US pressure to reform the Palestinian Authority, leader Mahmoud Abbas has appointed a new prime minister. Other factions have criticised the move. Israel's war in Gaza is still raging, so what purpose will he serve? And is the PA still relevant? In this episode: Tahani Mustafa, Senior Palestine Analyst, International Crisis Group. Mansour Shouman, Canadian-Palestinian Citizen Journalist. Mustafa Barghouti, Secretary General, Palestinian National Initiative. Host: James Bays Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
3/16/202424 minutes, 55 seconds
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What would another six years of Putin mean for Russia?

Vladimir Putin is running for a fifth term in Russia's presidential election as the war in Ukraine is entering its third year.  At home, he's accused of cracking down on political opponents. So, what would another six years of Putin mean for Russia? In this episode: Dmitry Babich, Veteran Russian journalist. Anatol Lieven, Director of the Eurasia Programme at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. Alexander Clackson, Founder of Global Political Insight. Host: James Bays Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
3/15/202425 minutes, 14 seconds
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Will the US ban TikTok?

A US bill has passed that could make the Chinese platform unavailable in the country. The reason given is that Tiktok is a national security threat. But what about freedom of speech? And how will Beijing respond? In this episode: Professor Sarah Kreps, Founder and director of the Technology Policy Institute at Cornell University Don Horan, Former acting executive deputy chief information officer for New York.  Chung Ching Kwong, Senior analyst with the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China. Host: James Bays Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
3/14/202424 minutes, 39 seconds
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Why is the US continuing to arm Israel?

US intelligence agencies have concluded Hamas cannot be destroyed - a core aim of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's merciless onslaught on Gaza. So why is the US continuing to arm Israel - to fight a war it doesn't believe can be won? In this episode: Glenn Carle, U.S. National Security and Foreign Policy Specialist. Yossi Mekelberg, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House. Tamer Qarmout, Assistant Professor, Public Policy, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies. Host: James Bays Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
3/13/202425 minutes, 19 seconds
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What's in store for China's economy?

China's plans for the coming year have been set out at its National People's Congress. The fortunes of the planet's second-largest economy are now of global interest - as are its political intentions. So what's in store for China and the rest of the world? In this episode: Einar Tangen, Senior Fellow at the Taihe Institute, Beijing. Bert Hofman, Professor, East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore. Vicky Pryce, Chief Economic Adviser, Centre for Economics and Business Research.  Host: Jonah Hull Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
3/12/202424 minutes, 21 seconds
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Should Ukraine continue to fight in the war against Russia?

Pope Francis calls for talks and an end to the war in Ukraine - in comments rebuffed by Kyiv but welcomed in Moscow. The war which has cost thousands of lives continues with little movement by either side. Should Ukraine talk or fight on? In this episode: Volodymyr Yermolenko, Chief Editor, Ukraine World. Pavel Felgenhauer, Independent Russian Foreign Policy Analyst, Moscow. Patrick Bury, Senior Lecturer, University of Bath. Host: Jonah Hull Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
3/11/202423 minutes, 55 seconds
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Why do the US and EU plan to send supplies to Gaza?

As Gaza's people face starvation from Israel's war and siege, the US and EU reveal plans to send supplies. But the US and EU members have also been busy supplying weapons to Israel. Will their new initiatives help Gaza? Or are they just a PR exercise for US President Joe Biden and his EU allies? In this episode: Mansour Shouman, Aid activist who has been in Gaza throughout the war until two weeks ago. Dr Mads Gilbert, Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Tromso.  Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera's Senior Political Analyst. Host: Hashem Ahelbarra Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
3/10/202424 minutes, 13 seconds
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Why can’t Nigeria stop the kidnapping of schoolchildren?

Why can’t Nigeria stop the kidnapping of schoolchildren? Almost 300 pupils are missing after the latest in years of similar attacks. The mass abductions are blamed on armed groups and bandits demanding ransom. So how is the Nigerian government failing to deal with the long-running problem? In this episode: Kemi Okenyodo, Founder and Executive Director, Partners West Africa. Bulama Bukarti, Senior Fellow, Tony Blair Institute for Global change. Sadeeq Garba Shehu, Security and Defence Consultant. Host: Hashem Ahelbarra Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
3/9/202426 minutes, 21 seconds
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How effective was Joe Biden's State of the Union speech?

Joe Biden lashed out at Donald Trump during his State of the Union address, who'll almost certainly be his election rival again in November. The US President also came up with an initiative to get food into Gaza. But how many will be convinced by what Biden had to say? And was the address also an early election campaign speech?  In this episode: Anish Mohanty, Communications Director of Gen-Z for Change. Julie Norman, Associate Professor in Politics and International Relations, University College London. Steve Herman, Voice of America's Chief National Correspondent. Host: Jonah Hull Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
3/8/202423 minutes, 50 seconds
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Is European public support for Ukraine faltering?

Angry farmers in Poland and elsewhere are protesting against cheap imports from Ukraine, and governments are under pressure to take action. So, what does this mean for Ukraine as its war with Russia enters its third year? And is European public support for it faltering?  In this episode: Aleksandra Rybinska,  Journalist and commentator. Tymofiy Mylovanov, President of the Kyiv School of Economics. Suzanne Lynch, Chief Brussels Correspondent for Politico Europe. Host: Jonah Hull Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
3/7/202426 minutes, 20 seconds
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Will Joe Biden and Donald Trump face each other in the US election?

Will Joe Biden and Donald Trump face each other in the US election in November? The current and former presidents swept polls in the Super Tuesday vote. Now, they hope to get their parties' nominations. But what are American voters' priorities this time round? In this episode: James Zogby, President, Arab American Institute. Arshad Hasan, Democratic Party Political Strategist.  Rina Shah, Conservative Political Adviser. Host: Adrian Finighan Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
3/6/202426 minutes, 22 seconds
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What's behind the deteriorating security situation in Haiti?

Parts of Haiti are under a state of emergency following an escalation in violence. Gangs have taken control of most of the capital, and they want Prime Minister Ariel Henry out. So, what's behind this unrest? And what will it take to restore long-lasting stability to the country? In this episode: Francois Guillaume, Haitian Ambassador to Qatar. Erwan de Cherisey, Principal, Janes Defence Intelligence Company. Vanda Felbab-Brown, Director of Initiative on Non-state Armed Actors, Brookings Institution. Ralph Emmanuel Francois, Haitian Social Entrepreneur and Activist. Host: Jonah Hull Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
3/5/202425 minutes, 45 seconds
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Is the US misusing its veto power at the UN Security Council?

The US has vetoed every resolution at the UN Security Council calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. That's since Israel launched its war in October. So is Washington misusing its veto power? And does the council's voting system need to change? In this episode: Richard Gowan, UN Director, International Crisis Group. Mouin Rabbani, Non-resident fellow, Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies. Carne Ross, Adviser, UN Summit of the Future. Host: Adrian Finighan Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
3/4/202424 minutes, 32 seconds
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How effective is it to airdrop food into Gaza?

The U.S. begins airdropping food into Gaza as Palestinians there face starvation. But aid agencies say it's an ineffective way to deliver much-needed assistance. So can the airlift make a big difference for the many who are desperate to eat? In this episode: Bushra Khalidi, Policy Lead, Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel, Oxfam. Tamer Qarmout, Professor, Doha Institute, Graduate Studies. Aseel Baidoun, Acting Director, Advocacy and Campaigns, Medical Aid for Palestinians. Host: Adrian Finighan Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
3/3/202425 minutes, 22 seconds
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Is Netanyahu serious about diplomatic efforts to stop the war on Gaza?

Calls for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza are growing louder. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remains defiant - insisting his military won't back down until Hamas is wiped out. So, what does this mean for ceasefire negotiations? And how serious is Netanyahu about diplomatic efforts? In this episode: Yossi Beilin - Former Israeli Justice Minister. Ibrahim Fraihat - Associate Professor, Conflict Resolution, Doha Institute. Mohammed Cherkaoui - Professor, Conflict Resolution and Diplomacy, George Mason University. Host: Jonah Hull Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
3/2/202426 minutes, 1 second
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What's behind Netanyahu's plan to conscript ultra-Orthodox Jews?

There's renewed debate in Israel about ultra-Orthodox Jews being exempted from military service. With the war on Gaza escalating, there are now calls to remove that exemption.  But what will take to do it? And how much politics is at play in this debate? In this episode: Efraim Inbar, President of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security. Akiva Eldar, political analyst and former columnist for Haaretz newspaper. Yehoshua Pfeffer, community Rabbi and executive member of Netzah Yehuda. Host: Hashem Ahelbarra  Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
3/1/202425 minutes, 25 seconds
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What role does parliament play in Iran?

Iranians are choosing a new legislature, and many hope it will pave the way for reform. But with a strict vetting system and anti-establishment candidates barred from running, is change possible in the Islamic Republic? What role does parliament actually play?  In this episode: Mohammad Marandi, Professor at the University of Tehran and and Iranian political analyst. Roxane Farmanfarmaian, Professor of International Relations and Modern Middle East Politics at the University of Cambridge. Adnan Tabatabai, Iranian affairs analyst and chief executive of CARPO, a think tank focused on the Middle East. Host: Hashem Ahelbarra  Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
2/29/202425 minutes, 34 seconds
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Is the West's existing support enough for Ukraine?

Russia is making gains in the war with Ukraine, and the West is considering its response. France has not ruled out sending troops to Ukraine, but the idea's rejected by its allies. So is the West's existing support enough for Kyiv? And what else might it need to face Russia? In this episode: Peter Zalmayev, Executive Director, Eurasia Democracy Initiative. Oana Lungescu, Former Principal Spokesperson, NATO.  Alexander Clackson, Founder, Global Political Insight. Host: Nastasya Tay Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
2/28/202427 minutes, 3 seconds
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What does a ground offensive mean for Palestinians in Rafah?

After attacking Gaza for nearly five months, the Israeli prime minister is focusing on Rafah. Benjamin Netanyahu says a ground offensive is vital to eliminating Hamas -- and any ceasefire would only delay the inevitable. But what about the 1.5 million Palestinians trapped there? In this episode: Akbar Shahid Ahmed, Senior Diplomatic Correspondent, Huffpost. Najla Shawa, Country Relations Manager, Oxfam. Patrick Bury, Senior Lecturer in Security Studies, University of Bath.  Host: Laura Kyle Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
2/27/202426 minutes, 10 seconds
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What's driving rebel activity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo?

Heavy fighting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee for their lives. And the conflict between the government and M23 fighters has escalated in recent weeks in the north east. So what's driving rebel activity? And can peace be achieved? In this episode: Patrick Muyaya, Minister of Communication and Media Spokesman, Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Lawrence Kanyuka, Political spokesman, M23 rebel group.  Crystal Orderson, Journalist, The Africa Report. Fred Bauma, the Executive Director, Senior Fellow, NYU Center on International Cooperation. Host: Adrian Finighan Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
2/26/202427 minutes, 4 seconds
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Is Benjamin Netanyahu's government creating a security vacuum in Gaza?

Palestinian police escorting aid trucks in Gaza, are being regularly attacked by Israel's military. That's as tens of thousands of people are starving in the strip, and civil order is breaking down. Is Benjamin Netanyahu's government creating a security vacuum in Gaza - and if so, why? In this episode: Chris Gunness, Former Spokesman, UNRWA. Walid Habbas, Researcher, Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies. Sultan Barakat, Professor of Public Policy, Hamad Bin Khalifa University. Host: Dareen Abughaida  Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
2/25/202425 minutes, 59 seconds
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What has Russia achieved since its full-scale invasion of Ukraine?

Tens of thousands dead on both sides and millions of Ukrainians displaced. As a third year of war begins, we examine what Russia has achieved since its full-scale invasion. So who's benefiting? And is this a war that can be won? In this episode: Pavel Felgenhauer, Defense Analyst, Moscow. Stefan Wolff, Professor of International Security, University of Birmingham. Hanna Shelest, Security Studies Program Director, 'Ukrainian Prism'. Host: Laura Kyle  Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
2/24/202424 minutes, 55 seconds
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Is the Red Sea becoming fully militarised?

The consequences of Israel's war on Gaza is causing a maritime crisis in the Red Sea, one that has drawn in major powers like the United States, the UK and China. So, is the Red Sea becoming fully militarised?  In this episode: Betul Dogan-Akkas, Researcher at Ankara University. Stavros Karamperidis, Head of the Maritime Transport Research Group at the University of Plymouth.  Farea Al-Muslimi, Research fellow at Chatham House’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.  Host: Mohammed Jamjoom Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
2/23/202424 minutes, 53 seconds
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What mechanisms are there for Israel to ensure food to people in Gaza?

Israel is blamed for blocking aid deliveries to Gaza - an accusation the government denies. So, what mechanisms are in place for Israel to ensure food and humanitarian assistance reaches the millions of people the UN says are at risk of starvation? In this episode: Andreas Krieg, Associate Professor of Security Studies at King's College London. Sarah Davies, Spokesperson for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Israel and the Occupied Territories.  Raymond Johansen, Secretary General of Norwegian People's Aid. Host: Mohammed Jamjoom Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
2/22/202424 minutes, 53 seconds
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How can Israel be stopped from using starvation as a weapon of war?

Already under relentless Israeli bombardment for months, Palestinians in northern Gaza are also going hungry. The UN food agency has halted aid deliveries, saying civil order has collapsed. So, how can Israel be stopped from using starvation as a weapon of war? In this episode: Shaina Low, Communications Adviser, Noregian Refugee Council. Nebal Farsakh, Spokesperson, Palestine Red Crescent Society. Sara Pantuliano, Chief Exeuctive, ODI - A Humanitarian Policy Think Tank. Host: Mohammed Jamjoom Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
2/21/202425 minutes, 39 seconds
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What can be done to resolve the hunger crisis in South Sudan?

South Sudan is facing a hunger catastrophe. The effects of civil war and natural disasters are compounded by an influx of refugees fleeing the conflict in neighbouring Sudan. So, how desperate is the situation? And who should step in to help South Sudan? In this episode: Angelina Nyajima, Executive Director, Hope Restoration South Sudan. Alan Boswell, Horn of Africa Director, International Crisis Group. Gemma Snowdon, Head of Communications, World Food Programme, South Sudan. Host: Mohammed Jamjoom Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
2/20/202425 minutes, 50 seconds
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Does Israel care about international justice?

Israel is once again before the ICJ. This time for public hearings on the legal consequences of its occupation of Palestinian territories. It's more pressure while its military wages war on Gaza. But does Israel care about international justice? And what difference would a verdict make? In this episode: Riad Malki, Foreign minister, State of Palestine. Ardi Imseis, Legal counsel, State of Palestine. Nour Odeh, Palestinian Political Analyst. Mehran Kamrava, Professor of Government, Georgetown University, Qatar. Host: Adrian Finighan  Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
2/19/202426 minutes, 15 seconds
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Can Benjamin Netanyahu be overthrown as Israel's leader?

Calls are growing louder in Israel for the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - and for elections to be held. Many who were dissatisfied before the war on Gaza began are even more unhappy now with how the country is being led. So, can Netanyahu be toppled from what many say is his disastrous leadership? In this episode: Oren Ziv, Journalist and Commentator, +972 Magazine. Thabet Abu Rass, Co-Executive Director, Abraham Initiatives. Akiva Eldar, Political Analyst and Journalist. Host: Adrian Finighan  Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
2/18/202424 minutes, 59 seconds
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Will the death of Alexey Navalny change anything in Russia?

World leaders blame Vladimir Putin for the death of his most outspoken critic. Will the unexplained passing in prison of Alexey Navalny change anything in Russia? Or will the voices of dissent become too afraid to challenge the power of the Kremlin? In this episode: Vladimir Sotnikov, Associate Professor, International Relations, Higher School of Economics University.  Samuel Ramani, Associate Fellow, Royal United Services Institute. Peter Nikitin, Russian Pro-Democracy Activist and Lawyer. Host: Adrian Finighan  Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
2/17/202425 minutes, 7 seconds
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Could the Israel-Hezbollah conflict become regional?

Israel has ramped up its strike on Hezbollah, killing civilians in Lebanon. Combined with the war on Gaza, could this exchange escalate into a regional one? In this episode: Gilbert Achcar, Professor of Development Studies and International Relations at SOAS. Hala Jaber, Journalist and Author.  Elijah J Magnier, Military analyst.  Host: Adrian Finighan  Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
2/16/202425 minutes, 43 seconds
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Is Israel using starvation as a weapon of war?

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza are living under the never-ending threat of famine because of the shortage of humanitarian aid.  So, is the starvation of civilians being used by Israel as a weapon of war?  In this episode: Fidaa Al Araj, Food Security & Livelihood Co-ordinator, Oxfam. Donatella Rovera, Senior Crisis Response Adviser, Amnesty International. Dr Abdel-Mannan, a paediatric neurology doctor  Host: Hashem Ahelbarra Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
2/15/202423 minutes, 36 seconds
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Does diplomacy stand a chance in Israel's war on Gaza?

Yet, another inconclusive meeting to reach a deal between Hamas and Israel. It comes as the Israeli military is threatening a ground offensive in Rafah, at the southern tip of Gaza. So, does diplomacy still stand a chance in this war? And why does Rafah matter? In this episode: Robert Geist Pinfold, Lecturer, Peace and Security, Durham University. Hafsa Halawa, Independent Political Consultant, Middle East, North Africa and the Horn of Africa. Omar Rahman, Fellow, Middle East Council on Global Affairs. Host: Hashem Ahelbarra Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
2/14/202424 minutes, 51 seconds
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What will it take for Israel to stop its war on Gaza?

The United Nations' top court has ordered Israel to prevent destruction in Gaza. Yet its military is razing entire neighbourhoods to the ground. Large swathes of the strip have become uninhabitable. So, what will it take for Israel to stop its war? In this episode: Ahmed Abofoul, Advocacy Officer, Al Haq. Kate Mackintosh, Executive Director, University of California Los Angeles Law Promise Institute Europe.  Mohammed Abu-Nimer, Chair, Abdula Aziz Said for Peace and Conflict Resolution,  American University. Host: Hashem Ahelbarra Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
2/13/202425 minutes, 5 seconds
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Is Israel obstructing aid deliveries to Gaza?

Is Israel obstructing aid deliveries to Gaza? The UN says some Palestinians are on the brink of starvation. That's even after the International Court of Justice ordered Israel to allow humanitarian assistance into Gaza. So, who can force it to comply? In this episode: Ardi Imseis, International Law Professor, Queen’s University.  Chris Gunness, Former UNRWA Spokesperson. Host: Hashem Ahelbarra Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
2/12/202420 minutes, 26 seconds
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Is Israel in breach of the UN court's ruling?

Is Israel in breach of the UN court's ruling? The International Court of Justice ordered its military to end acts of genocide, as well as prevent incitement to commit genocidal acts. But with more Palestinians killed in Gaza every day, who can force Israel to comply? In this episode: Yousef al Hammash, Advocacy officer, Norwegian Refugee Council. Mouin Rabbani, Co-editor, Jadaliyya. Neve Gordon, International Law Professor, Queen Mary University. Host: Adrian Finighan Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
2/11/202426 minutes, 25 seconds
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Who's going to lead Pakistan's next government?

An inconclusive general election in Pakistan - with rival former prime ministers Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif both claiming victory. Horsetrading between different parties will now follow on forming the next government. Who's likely to lead Pakistan next? And what does the outcome mean for the country with deep political divisions and serious economic problems? In this episode: Zulfi Bukhari, Chairman, Tehreek-e-Insaf Party. Farzana Shaikh, Associate Fellow, Asia Pacific Programme, Chatham House.  Haider Zaman Qureshi, Member, Central Executive Committee, Pakistan Peoples Party. Host:  Adrian Finighan Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
2/10/202424 minutes, 55 seconds
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Why does Israel compete in European contests?

European organisations have no plans to ban Israel from events such as the UEFA football championships and Eurovision song contest, despite its war on Gaza. Why does Israel compete in Europe? And why are European organisations defending its continued participation? In this episode: Andrew Feinstein, Writer and campaigner. Omar Barghouti, Co-founder of the Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions movement. Chris Rose, Director of Amos Trust, a creative human rights organisation. Host:  Adrian Finighan Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
2/9/202424 minutes, 32 seconds
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When will respite come for the people in Gaza?

There are more talks underway for a possible ceasefire in Gaza - while Israel is still bombing much of the Strip after rejecting a Hamas offer for a lengthy pause. So, what next? And when will respite come for millions of Palestinians suffering from months of bombardment? In this episode: Daniel Levy, President of the U.S.-Middle East Project. Mustafa Barghouti, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative. Akbar Shahid Ahmed, Senior Diplomatic Correspondent for Huffpost. Host:  Adrian Finighan Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
2/8/202422 minutes, 28 seconds
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Why are farmers protesting across Europe?

Furious farmers drive their protests home to European Union leaders. And more demonstrations are planned in their revolt against high costs, EU climate change policies, food imports and support for Ukraine. So what political impact could their action have? In this episode: Michael Fitzmaurice, Independent member, Irish Parliament. Francisco Guerreiro, Independent Member, European Parliament. Pieter Cleppe, European Policy Analyst. Host:  Adrian Finighan Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
2/7/202425 minutes, 30 seconds
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How can civilians caught in Sudan's conflict be helped?

Sudan is facing several catastrophic crises. Millions are forced from their homes and people are dying of starvation. The UN accuses the warring parties of impeding aid delivery. So, what should be done to save those caught up in the fighting? In this episode: Hajooj Kuka, Spokesman for Emergency Response Rooms. Raga Makawi, Editor of African Arguments, a pan-African online news platform. William Carter, Sudan Country Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council. Host: Tom McRae Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
2/6/202425 minutes, 25 seconds
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Could Senegal be heading for more political unrest?

Violence in Senegal - after the president postponed this month's election. Macky Sall cited controversies over the disqualification of some presidential candidates. The opposition says it's a constitutional coup. So, could Senegal be heading for more political unrest? In this episode: Ndongo Samba Sylla, Head, Research and Policy, International Development Economics Associates (IDEAs). Aliou Sow, Minister, Culture and Historical Heritage, Senegal. Alexis Akwagyiram, Managing Editor, Semafor. Host: Nastasya Tay Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
2/5/202424 minutes, 18 seconds
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Are Pakistan's elections a sham?

Pakistan is about to hold yet another election. And the opposition is complaining of unprecedented political repression. So, will the outcome make a difference this time? And how much influence is the army having on Pakistan's politics? In this episode: Maria Iqbal Tarana, General Secretary for human rights of the Pakistan People's Party. Syed Ali Zafar, Senator for the P-T-I, Imran Khan's party and a barrister and former caretaker federal minister for Law and Justice Javaid Rahman, journalist and parliamentary correspondent for the Nation newspaper and website. Host: Nastasya Tay Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
2/4/202425 minutes, 19 seconds
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How far will the US go in attacking Iran-linked targets in the Middle East?

How far will the U.S. go in attacking Iran-linked targets in the Middle East? Washington has carried out strikes against pro-Iran armed groups in Syria and Iraq. They're a retaliation for drone attacks last week in Jordan. So could this spillover into a wider conflict? In this episode:  Mohammad Marandi, Head of American Studies, University of Tehran. Renad Mansour, Director, Iraq Initiative, Chatham House. Lawrence Korb, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress. Host: Adrian Finighan Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
2/3/202426 minutes, 5 seconds
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What does Sinn Fein's popularity mean for UK unity?

A stand-off that's frozen politics in Northern Ireland for two years is over. Pro-British unionists are to take their seats in the regional parliament where the biggest party is Sinn Fein. But its goal is Irish unity. So, could that happen? Or will the UK remain intact? In this episode:  Danny Morrison, Author. Mark Devenport, Independent journalist.  Deirdre Heenan, Professor of Social Policy at Ulster University. Host: Adrian Finighan Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
2/2/202424 minutes, 49 seconds
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Could global conflicts turn into a third world war?

Wars are raging around the world. Many are pitting east against west, with both supplying arms to countries they support. The United Nations has been accused of weakness - paralysed by vetos held by the major powers. So, could these global conflicts turn into a third world war?In this episode:  Chris Hedges, Former Middle East Bureau Chief, New York Times. Scott Lucas, Professor of International Politics, Clinton Institute. Huiyao Henry Wang, Founder and president, Center for China and Globalisation. Host: Tom McRae Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
2/1/202425 minutes
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Why does the IMF predict strong growth for Russia's economy?

The International Monetary Fund predicts strong growth for Russia's economy this year, despite sanctions imposed for the invasion of Ukraine. European nations trail well behind Russia in the IMF forecast. What's behind these figures? Do sanctions actually work? In this episode:  Chris Weafer, Chief Executive, Macro-Advisory. Erlend Bjortvedt, Founder, Corisk. Anatol Lieven, Director, Eurasia Programme, Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. Host: Adrian Finighan Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
1/31/202424 minutes, 53 seconds
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What's behind the latest violence along the Sudan-South Sudan border?

More than fifty people killed in fighting on South Sudan's border. A rebel group is blamed for the attacks in an oil-rich area claimed by Sudan and South Sudan. So, what's stirred the latest violence and where is it leading? In this episode:  Kennedy Mabongo, Country Director, Norwegian Refugee Council in South Sudan. Douglas Johnson, Scholar on Sudan and South Sudan.  Joshua Craze, Researcher on Sudan and South Sudan.  Host: Sami Zeidan Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
1/30/202426 minutes, 2 seconds
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How will UNRWA funding cuts impact the people of Gaza?

Pulling the plug...More countries have cut funding for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees. Israel says some of its staff were involved in Hamas' October attacks. But how valid is this accusation? And what does it mean for the people of Gaza? In this episode:  Samir Zaqout, Social Activist. Ardi Imseis, Professor of International Law, Queen's University. Raymond Johansen, Secretary General, Norwegian People's Aid.  Host: Nastasya Tay Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
1/29/202425 minutes, 6 seconds
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Why is Benjamin Netanyahu lashing out at Egypt, Jordan and Qatar?

Why is Benjamin Netanyahu lashing out at Egypt, Jordan and Qatar? He's been criticising these countries since Israel began its war on Gaza. Facing growing pressure at home, what does Netanyahu want from his neighbours? And does he risk alienating regional players? In this episode:  H A Hellyer, Senior Associate Fellow, Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies. Sultan Barakat,  Professor of Public Policy, Hamad Bin Khalifa University. Akiva Eldar, Political Analyst, Journalist and Author. Host: Nastasya Tay Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
1/28/202425 minutes, 46 seconds
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Will Israel obey the ruling of the UN's top court?

Will Israel obey the ruling of the UN's top court? The International Court of Justice has ordered Israel to prevent acts of genocide in Gaza. And says it has a month to report on its compliance. But what does its ruling mean for Palestinians who're trapped and under attack? In this episode: Nimer Sultany, Reader in Public Law, SOAS - the University of London.  Geoffrey Robertson, Founder, Doughty Street Chambers. Chris Gunness, Former Spokesperson, UNRWA.  Host: Nastasya Tay Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
1/27/202427 minutes, 18 seconds
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What is the risk of India turning into a Hindu nation?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has just presided over the consecration of a highly controversial temple, which he says it marks a turning point. But does he risk turning India into a Hindu nation? And what does that mean for secularism in the country? HOST: Neave Barker GUESTS: Shazia Ilmi, National Spokesperson for the ruling BJP Party. Sharat Pradhan, Political Analyst and independent journalist. Nilanjan Mookuhpadyey, Journalist and author of "The Demolition and The Verdict". Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube 
1/26/202424 minutes, 16 seconds
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Is the Gaza war a pivotal moment in the Israel-Palestine conflict?

Israel is driving ahead with its genocidal war on Gaza despite failing to destroy Hamas. As the world watches, Israel is carrying out its slaughter of Palestinians with western-supplied weapons without restraint. So, is this a pivotal point in history for both the Palestinian people and Israel? HOST: Neave Barker GUESTS: Michael Lynk, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian territory. Tamer Qarmout, Professor of Public Policy specialising in Gaza at the Doha Insitute for Graduate Studies. Raz Segal, associate professor at Stockton University, and specialist in Holocaust and Genocide studies. Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube 
1/25/202422 minutes, 39 seconds
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As UN warns of famine, has Israel weaponized hunger in Gaza?

The risk of famine is growing in Gaza. More than half a million people are facing catastrophic food insecurity because of Israel's war and siege. That's the stark warning from the World Food Programme and other UN agencies. So is Israel using food deprivation as a war tactic? HOST: Adrian Finighan GUESTS: Alex de Waal, author of "Mass Starvation," an authoritative history of modern famines. He's analysed food deprivation as a crime, and researched forced starvation as an instrument of genocide and war. Mads Gilbert, a doctor of emergency medicine with long experience of working in Gaza's health sector - including during previous Israeli bombardments. Riham Jafari, who's the Communication and Advocacy Coordinator for ActionAid Palestine. Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube 
1/24/202424 minutes, 13 seconds
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As US campaign kicks into gear, who do voters want in the White House?

Campaigning is underway for the U.S. Presidential election — a repeat contest is expected between President Joe Biden and his predecessor Donald Trump. One is the oldest candidate in U.S. history, the other facing a series of criminal trials. So who do American voters want in the White House? And how might the world react? HOST: Adrian Finighan Guests: Arshad Hasan, Democratic party Political Strategist. Leslie Vinjamuri,  Director of the U.S. and Americas Programme, Chatham House. Trita Parsi, executive Vice President at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube 
1/23/202424 minutes, 50 seconds
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As EU foreign ministers address crises, is unity possible?

European Union foreign ministers meet to discuss the Red Sea crisis, the Gaza War and Ukraine. There's unity on some issues — but sharp division on others. Is it possible for the bloc of 27 states to have a shared or meaningful foreign policy? HOST: Nastasya Tay GUESTS: Suzanne Lynch - Chief Brussels correspondent, Politico Julien Barnes-Dacey, Director of the Middle East and North Africa programme of the European Council on Foreign Relations Ben Aris, founder and Editor In Chief of bne IntelliNews, a business media company focusing on emerging markets Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
1/22/202425 minutes, 51 seconds
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How relevant in the Non-Aligned Movement?

How relevant is the Non-Aligned Movement? The second largest organisation of its kind after the United Nations meets in Uganda. But what problems can it solve in a world marred by escalating tension? HOST: Nastasya Tay GUESTS: Nicholas Sengoba,  columnist with the national newspaper The Daily Monitor. Endy Bayuni, former editor of the The Jakarta Post Dina Al Khatib, Director of the United Nations Office for South South Cooperation. Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube  
1/21/202425 minutes, 43 seconds
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International pressure on Israel grows — but can it stop the war?

There's growing pressure to hold Israel to account for its war on Gaza. More countries are now referring it to international courts. And its president is facing a criminal complaint in Switzerland. So can international justice stop Israel? HOST: Elizabeth Puranam GUESTS: Lara Elborno - International Lawyer and Human Rights Advocate who co-hosts the weekly podcast, The Palestine Pod. William Schabas - Professor of International Law at Middlesex University in the United Kingdom.  Jennifer Cassidy - Lecturer in Diplomacy and International Law at the University of Oxford and a former UN and EU diplomat. Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
1/20/202425 minutes, 11 seconds
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What's behind the Ethiopia-Somalia port deal?

Breakaway Somaliland has agreed to grant Ethiopia much sought access to the Red Sea, a deal that's raised the ire of Somalia. Mogadishu says it's an act of aggression and violation of its sovereignty. So, how will this dispute play out? And is war a possibility? HOST: Elizabeth Puranam GUESTS: Kemal Hashi Mohamoud, Member of Ethiopian Parliament. Matt Bryden, Strategic Adviser at Sahan Research. Abdi Aynte, former Somali Minister of The Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development.  Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
1/19/202425 minutes, 13 seconds
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What's behind the latest Pakistan-Iran attacks?

Pakistan has carried out strikes inside Iran, which it says is in retaliation to attacks by Tehran inside its country. Both nations say they're targeting separatist armed groups. But what might the consequences be? And can they be contained? HOST: Elizabeth Puranam GUESTS: Ahmed Rashid, Expert on armed groups in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia. Maleeha Lodhi, Veteran diplomat and columnist for the Dawn newspaper and website. Mohammad Marandi, Professor of the University of Tehran. Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
1/18/202426 minutes, 26 seconds
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Why is North Korea abandoning its goal of reunification with the South?

A dramatic shift by North Korea: it's tearing up its goal of unification with the South — a policy in place for decades. North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un also said his country doesn't want war — but won't avoid one either. So what's behind his surprise move? HOST: Adrian Finighan GUESTS: Ji-Yeon Yuh, Board Member, Women Cross DMZ, Professor, Northwestern UniversityLongtime peace and reunification activist. Fyodor Tertitskiy, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Korean Studies, Kookmin University, Seoul. Einar Tangen, China, Senior Fellow Taihe Institute, Beijing.  Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
1/17/202423 minutes, 35 seconds
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Can violence in the West Bank be contained?

Last year was the worst on record for Israeli attacks on Palestinians in the Occupied West Bank. And they've been intensifying since the war on Gaza began. Palestinians in the West Bank have also carried out several attacks on Israelis. So where could all this violence lead? Host: Elizabeth Puranam Guests: Mustafa Barghouti, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative. Walid Habbas - Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies or MADAR. Bushra Khalidi - Policy Lead for UK charity Oxfam in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel. Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
1/16/202424 minutes, 54 seconds
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At international court, Namibia calls out German hypocrisy

Namibia has condemned Germany's backing of Israel against genocide charges at the International Court of Justice. It says, given Germany's colonial brutalities, it should not support Israel. So, what's behind this furious diplomatic dispute - and why now? Host: Adrian Finighan Guests: Mutjinde Katjiua, Paramount Chief of the Ovaherero Traditional Authority in Namibia. Henning Melber, from the Nordic Africa Institute In Uppsala, Sweden. Matthias Goldmann, a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute, with expertise on International law and Germany's colonial rule in Africa, in Heidelberg, Germany. Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
1/15/202425 minutes, 10 seconds
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After 100 days of war in Gaza, what is Israel's goal?

For 100 days, Israel's war on Gaza has gone on unabated- a massacre of Palestinians in full view of the world. Israel has failed to meet its stated objectives and carries on. So, what will end the suffering? Or is the real goal the ethic cleansing of Gaza? In this episode: Hanan Ashrawi - Palestinian Political Leader and a former Member of the Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee. Dr. Omar Abdel-Mannan, Paediatric Neurologist and Co-Founder of @GazaMedicVoices, and head of UK operations for Fajr Scientific,a nonprofit organisation which sends surgeons to Gaza and the occupied West Bank. Gideon Levy, Columnist at the Haaretz newspaper and Author of 'The Punishment of Gaza'.   Host: Adrian Finighan Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
1/14/202425 minutes, 11 seconds
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Did Israel successfully make its case at the ICJ?

Israel has presented its defense at the International Court of Justice after South Africa argued it's committing genocide in Gaza. Its lawyers say the case is a distortion of the truth. But did they make a compelling argument? And what will come out of this unprecedented case? In this episode: Cathy Powell, Associate Professor in Public Law at the University of Cape Town. Hassan Ben Imran, Board Member for Law for Palestine, a non-profit human rights organization. Michael Becker, Assistant Professor of International Human Rights Law at Trinity College Dublin and a former staffer at the International Court of Justice. Host: Folly Bah Thibault Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
1/13/202424 minutes, 51 seconds
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Will South Africa's ICJ case stop the suffering of Palestinians in Gaza?

Israel is carrying out genocide in Gaza and its leaders are the main inciters - that's the accusation at the heart of South Africa's case at the UN's top court. Israel says it's defending itself and denies the allegations. So, will this case stop the suffering of Palestinians in Gaza? In this episode: Sanusha Naidu, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Global Dialogue. Wadie Said, Professor of Law and Dean’s Faculty Fellow at the University of Colorado School of Law. Nimer Sultany, Reader in Public Law at SOAS. Host: Adrian Finighan Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
1/12/202425 minutes, 6 seconds
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Why isn't the Biden administration trying to reach a ceasefire?

Washington is floating plans for Gaza, even as Israel is waging its war. In yet another Middle East visit, the US Secretary of State has been rallying support from regional players. But why isn't the Biden administration trying to reach a ceasefire first? In this episode: Said Sadek, Political sociologist at the Egypt-Japan University. Chris Hedges, Former Middle East Bureau Chief of the New York Times. Mouin Rabbani, Co-editor of Al Jadaliyya. Host: Adrian Finighan Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
1/11/202425 minutes, 24 seconds
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Can the International Court of Justice force Israel to stop its war on Gaza?

Can the International Court of Justice force Israel to stop its war on Gaza? South Africa says Israel's attacks on Palestinians are genocidal. And it's launching a legal battle to stop that at the UN's top court. So will its verdict make any difference? And who would enforce it? In this episode: Ahmed Abofoul, International Lawyer, Al Haq.  Chris Gunness, Former Spokesman, UNRWA. Adama Dieng, Special Adviser, Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court. Host: Adrian Finighan Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
1/10/202425 minutes, 28 seconds
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How will Pakistan's latest Supreme Court ruling impact the country?

Pakistan's Supreme Court scraps a lifetime ban on politicians with convictions from holding office. Welcome news for former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who can now run again. But not for jailed former leader Imran Khan. So why now and what's behind this ruling? In this episode: Raoof Hasan, Central Information Secretary, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. Muhammad Zubair Umar, Former Sindh Province Governor, the Pakistan Muslim League. Mosharraf Zaidi, Founding Partner, Tabadlab. Host: Adrian Finighan Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
1/9/202426 minutes, 6 seconds
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How does the international media view Israel's attacks on media workers?

It's the latest direct attack by Israeli forces on media workers. Al Jazeera journalist Hamza Al Dahdouh and a colleague, killed in an Israeli air strike on Hamza's car. Israel has killed more journalists in three months than those who died in World War Two or the Vietnam War. So what's been the reaction of the world's media? In this episode: Tim Dawson, Deputy Secretary General, International Federation of Journalists. Ali Abunimah, Founder, Electronic Intifada. Jodie Ginsberg, President, Committee to Protect Journalists. Host: Adrian Finighan Connect with us:@AJEPodcasts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Threads and YouTube
1/8/202423 minutes, 13 seconds
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What's behind the US Secretary of State's latest visit to the Middle East?

The U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is back in the Middle East - for his fifth visit since Israel began its war on Gaza. His previous trips did not bring any respite for Palestinians under bombardment. So, what's the purpose of this particular visit? Join Host Adrian Finighan  Guests: Trita Parsi - Executive Vice President, Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. Hafsa Halawa - An Independent Consultant who works on political, social and economic affairs across the Middle East, North Africa and the Horn of Africa.Gawdat Bahgat - Professor of National Security Affairs, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Study, National Defense University. 
1/7/202425 minutes, 44 seconds
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What's behind Israeli cabinet infighting?

Israel's far-right coalition government is at war, not just in Gaza but with itself. Ministers are fighting about a possible inquiry into the army's pre-October 7th role - and proposals to expel all Palestinians from Gaza. So, how fragile is Israel's government? Join Host Hashem Ahelbarra Guests: Ofer Cassif - A Member of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset. Gideon Levy - A Columnist at the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz.Daniel Levy - President of the U.S. Middle East Project. 
1/6/202425 minutes, 27 seconds
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Is Bangladesh on a path to a one-party rule?

The governing Awami League is likely to win another term in Bangladesh's election on Sunday. The main opposition is boycotting, accusing the government of cracking down on its rivals. So, what will this vote mean for the country? Join host Hashem Ahelbarra. Guests: Muktadir Rashid - Journalist and Reporter with the Bangladeshi newspaper, New Age. Selim Altaf George - Member of Parliament for the governing Awami League party. Rumeen Farhana - Barrister and former Member of Parliament for the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party.  
1/5/202424 minutes, 31 seconds
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How will Iran react to the Soleimani ceremony blasts?

Iran threatens retaliation after two blasts killed more than 80 people during commemorations for an assassinated General. It's said to be the worst attack since the 1979 revolution. So, how will Tehran react? And is there a risk of a wider escalation in the region? Join host Elizabeth Puranam. Guests: Hassan Ahmadian - Professor of Middle East Studies at the University of Tehran. Ali Fatollah-Nejad - Founder and Director of the Center for Middle East and Global Order. Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi - Research Fellow at the Middle East Forum.
1/4/202424 minutes, 40 seconds
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Will the assassination of a top Hamas leader impact Israel's war on Gaza?

Will the assassination of a top Hamas leader in Beirut change the course of the war on Gaza? Israel stands accused of killing Saleh Arouri in Hezbollah's stronghold in the Lebanese capital. So, what will the reaction be? Join Host Elizabeth Puranam Guests: Maha Yahya - Director, Carnegie Middle East Center. Mohammad Marandi - Professor, University of Tehran. Sami Al-Arian - Director of the Center for Islam and Global Affairs, Istanbul Zaim University.  
1/3/202424 minutes, 38 seconds
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What does a new phase in Israel's war on Gaza entail?

What does a new phase in Israel's war on Gaza entail? Its army is pulling some troops from the strip. It says it's adopting more targeted operations against Hamas. Can Israel still achieve its objectives in the war?   Join Host Elizabeth Puranam Guests: Andreas Krieg - Assistant Professor, Defence Studies Dept., King's College London. Diana Buttu - Palestinian Lawyer.  Yossi Mekelberg - Associate Fellow of the MENA Programme, Chatham House.
1/2/202424 minutes, 33 seconds
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What are the impacts of global youth support for Palestine?

Demonstrations worldwide reflect widespread outrage over Israel's war on Gaza. Young people have been at the forefront - driven to political action by the images and stories of Palestinians' suffering. Could this global youth support for Palestine have long-term impacts?Join host Elizabeth Puranam Guests: Dana El Kurd, a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Arab Center Washington DC Zellie Imani, a Black Lives Matter Activist and Co-Founder of the Black Liberation Collective Noga Levy-Rapoport, a Youth Climate Activist Involved in Palestine Solidarity Campaigns in the UK ****This episode was produced by Diarmaid Fleming, Victoria Gatenby, Abla Klaa, Gemma Harries and Paul Taylor.Studio sound was by Elie Elhani The programme was edited by Anirban Sarker, Negin Owliaei, David Enders and Jo de Frias.  
1/1/202425 minutes
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What will 2024 bring for the war in Ukraine?

The war in Ukraine shows little sign of ending, with continued destruction and losses on both sides. Sanctions against Russia continue, but its economy is growing. And in the U.S., political support for Ukraine's war effort is under pressure. So what could happen in 2024? Join host Elizabeth Puranam Guests: Pavel Felgenhauer, a Russian Military and Defence Analyst Michael Bociurkiw a Global Affairs analyst and Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council's Eurasia Center Chris Weafer, Chief Executive Officer of Macro-Advisory, a strategic consultancy with a focus on Russia and the Eurasia region **** This episode was produced by This episode was produced by Diarmaid Fleming, Victoria Gatenby, Abla Klaa, Gemma Harries and Paul Taylor. Studio sound was by Aston GoodisonThe programme was edited by Anirban Sarker, Negin Owliaei, David Enders and Jo de Frias. 
12/31/202325 minutes, 35 seconds
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Should we welcome -- or worry -- about AI?

No longer the stuff of science fiction, incredible advances in artificial intelligence or A.I. are now a reality. As the technology develops, we'll experience more of its impact on our lives. So what are the benefits - and the risks? And can regulators keep pace with developers? Join host Laura Kyle. Guests: Henry Ajder, an expert on generative artificial intelligence and Deepfake technology Lilian Edwards, Professor of Law, Innovation and Society at Newcastle University. Ramesh Srinivasan, Professor of Media and Information Studies at the University of California **** This episode was produced by Diarmaid Fleming, Victoria Gatenby, Abla Klaa, Gemma Harries and Paul Taylor. Studio sound was by Elie Elhani. The programme was edited by Muhammad Sobhy, Negin Owliaei, David Enders and Jo de Frias.  Be sure to subscribe to The Inside Story Podcast to catch every episode. 
12/30/202326 minutes, 8 seconds
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What's behind the recent coups in Africa?

There have been two more coups in Africa during the past year, which brings the total to nine governments that have been ousted since 2020. Are there common factors or are these takeovers isolated? And what could we see in the coming year? Join host Laura Kyle. Guests:Alexis Akwagyiram - Managing editor at the news website, Semafor Africa.Kabir Adamu - Managing Director at Beacon Consulting.Moussa Kondo - Executive Director of the Sahel Institute.
12/29/202324 minutes, 2 seconds
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Can Mexico curb migration to the U.S.?

The U.S. is pressing Mexico to do more to stem the flow of migrants to the border, where thousands try to make it to America every day. But can Mexico alone stop them? And how much of a political nightmare is migration for Joe Biden? Join host Laura Kyle. Guests: Rebekah Wolf - Senior Advocacy Strategist at the American Immigration Council. Leon Fresco - Immigration attorney and former Deputy Assistant Attorney General in charge of Immigration at the U.S. Justice Department Maureen Meyer - Vice President for Programs at the Washington Office on Latin America.
12/28/202325 minutes, 39 seconds
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Why has Nigeria failed to deal with recurrent violence?

Hundreds of people have been killed and injured in attacks by armed groups in Plateau State in Nigeria. What are the root causes of this violence? And what does it mean for Nigeria's future? Join host Laura Kyle. Guests: Isa Sanusi - Nigeria Country Director at Amnesty International and a former journalist. Chris Kwaja - Associate Professor at the Centre for Peace and Security Studies at Nigeria's Mod-ibbo Adama University. Musa Ashoms - Commissioner of Information and Communication for the Plateau State government.  
12/27/202324 minutes, 41 seconds
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Is the DRC on a path to renewed violence?

The opposition in the Democratic Republic of Congo wants the results of the presidential vote annulled, and it's planning protests to do so. So, is the country on a path to renewed violence? Or can a post-election chaos be averted in the African country?Join host Dareen Abughaida. Guests:Patrick Muyaya - Democratic Republic of Congo government spokesperson. Marie-Roger Biloa - African affairs analyst and editor of Africa International Media Group. Jason Stearns - Founder and strategic adviser for the Congo Research Group at New York University.
12/26/202324 minutes, 29 seconds
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Why are some Palestinian Christians cancelling Christmas?

Christmas festivities in Bethlehem are muted this year as Palestinian Christians refuse to celebrate amid Israel's war on Gaza. Some say they, too, are being targeted. So, what message does this show of unity by Palestinians convey?Join host Dareen Abughaida. Guests: Riham Jafari - ActionAid Communications and Advocacy Palestine Coordinator.Frank Bosman - Associate professor of Cultural Theology at the Tilburg School of Catholic Theology.Sami el Yousef - CEO of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.
12/25/202325 minutes, 26 seconds
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How can aid reach Palestinians in Gaza if the fighting doesn't stop?

Hundreds more killed in Gaza since Friday's UN Security Council vote for more aid. What practical impact will the resolution have? And how can aid get to 2.3 million people living under constant attack among destroyed infrastructure, in a live battlezone?Join host Dareen Abughaida Guests: Mansour Shouman, resident of Gaza and human rights advocate. Ahmed Bayram, Regional Media and Communications Adviser at Norwegian Refugee Council Lex Takkenberg, Senior Advisor with Arab Renaissance For Democracy And Development, and former Chief of Ethics at UNRWA. ****This episode was produced by Diarmaid Fleming, Ume Kulsoom Shariff, Laurent Peter and Peter Taylor. Studio sound was by Elie ElhaniThe programme was edited by Manish Mathai, David Enders, Negin Owliaei and Jo de Frias.
12/24/202324 minutes, 17 seconds
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Is the UN's resolution on Gaza 'meaningless'?

The UN Security Council passes a motion on the Gaza War - after two months of Israeli attacks that have killed twenty thousand Palestinians. The resolution - weakened by U.S. pressure - calls for more aid, but NOT for Israel to stop its bombardment. So will it have any impact? Join host Dareen Abughaida ****This episode was produced by Diarmaid Fleming, Ume Kulsoom Shariff, Laurent Peter and Peter Taylor. Studio sound was by Yasir RahmaniThe programme was edited by Manish Mathai, David Enders, Negin Owliaei and Jo de Frias. Be sure to subscribe to The Inside Story Podcast to catch every episode. Guests: Scott Lucas, Professor of U-S and International Relations at University College Dublin and the Founder and Editor of the online news site, E-A WorldviewDmitry Babich Political Analyst at InoSMI internet media project in Moscow. Maleeha Lodhi, former Pakistan Permanent Representative and Ambassador to the United Nations.
12/23/202323 minutes, 17 seconds
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How is the US presidential election campaign shaping up?

Next year's U.S. presidential election is predicted to be a contest between Joe Biden and Donald Trump. But not even that is certain in the most uncertain of election campaigns. So who else might be in the mix, and what are the important issues?Join host Dareen Abughaida. Guests: Tim Constantine - Senior Vice President of Diplomacy and External Affairs at the Washington Times and host of 'The Capitol Hill Show'.Thomas Gift - Director of the Centre on U.S. Politics at University College London.Arshad Hasan - Democratic Political Strategist.
12/22/202323 minutes, 45 seconds
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Could Israel's war on Gaza trigger a wider conflict?

20,000 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza by Israel, armed and backed by the US and European allies. There's more fighting nearby too: Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Houthis in Yemen are among the groups involved. So, could Israel's war on Gaza trigger a wider conflict?Join host Dareen Abughaida. Guests: Omar Rahman - Fellow at the Middle East Council on Global Affairs.Miko Peled - Human rights activist and author of 'The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine.'Elijah Magnier - Military and political analyst.
12/21/202325 minutes, 8 seconds
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Where does the conflict in Sudan stand after eight months?

Where does the conflict in Sudan stand after eight months? The Rapid Support Forces says it's in control of the second-largest city. But the fighting shows no sign of ending and there's no political settlement on the horizon. So, what does it mean for Sudan's future?   Join Host Cyril Vanier Guests: Hamid Khalafallah - Researcher and Policy Analyst specialising on Sudan's Constitution Building. Alan Boswell - Project Director, International Crisis Group's Horn of Africa.  David Shinn - Former U.S. Chief of Mission in Sudan.
12/20/202326 minutes, 16 seconds
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How are Yemen's Houthis impacting global trade?

The Red Sea is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. But now Houthi fighters from Yemen are attacking vessels, forcing major companies to halt operations. How will this impact global trade? And what can be done to secure the Red Sea?   Join Host Cyril Vanier Guests: Thomas Juneau - Non-resident fellow, Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies. James Moran - Former EU ambassador to Egypt, Jordan and Yemen. Stavros Karamperidis - Lecturer in Maritime Economics, University of Plymouth.
12/19/202325 minutes, 55 seconds
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Is the U.S. complicit in the humanitarian crisis in Gaza?

Is the U.S. complicit in the dire humanitarian crisis in Gaza - and if so, how much? As Israel continues its attacks on the strip, the situation for its people is described as catastrophic. Washington stands accused of turning a blind eye. So, what can be done to stop this catastrophe?   Join Host Cyril Vanier Guests: Robert Hunter - Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO. Khaled Elgindy - Senior Fellow, Middle East Institute. Zeina Ashrawi Hutchison - Director of Development and Expansion, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.
12/18/202325 minutes, 10 seconds
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Will the Israeli prime minister help free more captives held by Hamas?

Israel's Prime Minister insists the war on Gaza will continue - despite growing anger over the Israeli army's killing of three captives. Their families are demanding the government do more to ensure those being held by Hamas are released. So, can a deal be agreed to free them and secure a new truce? Join Host Folly Bah Thibault Guests: Alon Liel - Former Director General, Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Yossi Mekelberg - Associate Fellow of the MENA Programme, Chatham House. Sultan Barakat - Professor of Public Policy, Hamad Bin Khalifa University.
12/17/202325 minutes, 23 seconds
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Is Israel deliberately targeting journalists in Gaza?

Al Jazeera journalist Samer Abudaqa is killed in Gaza after an Israeli drone targets a school he was reporting from. Al Jazeera's Gaza Bureau Chief Wael Dadouh is wounded in the same attack. Israel's war on Gaza has been the deadliest conflict for media workers ever recorded. So, why has the death toll been so high? And is Israel trying to silence the messenger?  Join Host Dareen Abughaida Guests: Tamer Almisshal - Al Jazeera Journalist.  Jim Boumelha - International Federation of Journalists. Triestino Mariniello - Professor of Law, Liverpool John Moores University.
12/16/202324 minutes, 15 seconds
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Where does Ukraine's war effort now stand?

The European Union votes to advance accession talks for Ukraine, but Hungary blocks billions of dollars in aid money. Where does that leave the war effort and Ukraine's hopes for EU membership? Presenter: Sohail Rahman Guests:Mariia Zolkina, Head of Regional Security and Conflict Studies at the Democratic Initiatives Foundation think tankDonnacha O’ Beachain, Professor of International Relations at the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University.Ben Aris, the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of bne IntelliNews and former Moscow Bureau Chief with the Daily Telegraph.
12/15/202320 minutes, 46 seconds
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How much environmental damage is the Israel-Gaza war causing?

Israel's war on Gaza has caused major damage to both the built and natural environments.Toxic chemicals and explosives rain down on the strip, sanitation and water treatment systems are destroyed. How much environmental damage is the war causing?Join host Adrian Finighan. Guests:Nada Majdalani - Palestinian Director of EcoPeace Middle East.Marwan Bardawil - Head of Gaza Programme Coordination Unit of the Palestinian Water AuthorityHadeel Ikhmais - Director General of the Climate Change Section of the Palestinian Authority's Environment Quality Authority. 
12/14/202323 minutes, 45 seconds
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How isolated are Israel, the U.S. and its allies over the war on Gaza?

An overwhelming call at the United Nations for a ceasefire in Gaza - Israel and the U.S. among the few voting against the resolution. How isolated are both nations from most of the world, which opposes the war? Can international opposition have any impact? Join Host Adrian Finighan Guests: Temir Porras -  Policy advisor specialising in Latin American economics and geopolitics. Melanie Verwoerd - Former South African ambassador. Sami Hermez - Associate Professor, Northwestern University in Qatar.
12/13/202324 minutes, 48 seconds
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Will removing the veto power help the UN become more effective?

The emergency session of the United Nations General Assembly is bringing Israeli massacres in Gaza into sharp global focus. After more than nine weeks of violence, the UN Security Council has been unable to agree on a ceasefire. Warning of the global threat posed by the conflict, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres invoked a rarely used article last week to urge the Security Council to act. Despite an overwhelming majority voting in favour of a ceasefire, the U.S. blocked it, using its veto power. Critics say the fact that five permanent members have the final say on a resolution renders the world body helpless - at a time when global conflicts demand timely solutions. So, is it time for the veto power to be removed? Will it help the UN become more effective?   Join Host Cyril Vanier Guests: Carne Ross - Founder, Independent Diplomat.  Maleeha Lodhi - Former Pakistani ambassador to the United Nations.  Vyacheslav Matuzov - Chairman, Russian Friendship Society with Arab Countries.
12/12/202325 minutes, 39 seconds
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Is Israel faking videos to deflect accusations of genocide in Gaza?

A video is circulating in Israeli media which purports to show the surrender of some Hamas fighters. But critics say it is staged and have cast doubt on its authenticity. The footage comes as Hamas continues to resist Israel's relentless assault, more than nine weeks into the conflict. And Israel faces growing global condemnation for killing Palestinian civilians, as death toll reaches 18,000. So, is the video an attempt by Israel to deflect accusations of genocide in Gaza? And is it real or fake? Join Host Cyril Vanier Guests: Sahar Khamis - Senior Fellow, Middle East Council on Global Affairs. Marc Owen Jones - Associate Professor, Hamad Bin Khalifa University. Dina Matar - Chairperson, Centre for Palestine Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies.
12/11/202325 minutes, 39 seconds
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Are Palestinians protected in the 'safe zone' in Gaza?

Another wave of Palestinians, forced from their homes in Gaza. This time, to a small slice of land in the south, designated by Israel as a 'safe zone'. But conditions in Al Mawasi are bleak. International aid organisations don't recognise the facility and aren't providing services there. And in the last two months Israeli forces have bombed areas where they ordered people to take shelter. Those in Al Mawasi say there is no guarantee they'll be spared Israeli bombings and air strikes. So, how can what Israel calls a 'safe zone', protect these civilians from suffering - and attack? And could it become, as one UNICEF official has described - another 'zone of death'.   Join Host Tom McRae Guests: Juliette Touma - Director of Communications, UN Refugee and Works Agency for Palestine refugees. Mukesh Kapila - Former UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator.  H.A. Hellyer - Senior Associate Fellow in International Security Studies, Royal United Services Institute.
12/10/202325 minutes, 20 seconds
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Is the US complicit in Israeli war crimes in Gaza?

The US has again vetoed the UAE's proposal for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza. There was global condemnation of Washington's move. Jordan reflected the view of the Arab world saying the veto is a licence for Israel to carry on with the massacre. How will America's stance affect its relations with Arab allies? And as some rights groups say, does it run the risk of being complicit in Israeli war crimes? Join Host Tom McRae Guests:  Sari Bashi - Program Director for Israel-Palestine, Human rights Watch. Mouin Rabbani - Co-Editor, Jadaliyya.  Mark Seddon - Director, Centre for UN Studies, University of Buckingham.
12/9/202325 minutes, 24 seconds
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Will the UN's call for peace in Gaza have any impact on Israel?

The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has invoked rarely-used powers to direct the Security Council to take action. But will the move have any impact on Israel, the US or its other western allies? Presenter: Tom McRaeGuests:Mark Leon Goldberg: Editor-in-Chief of UN DispatchJennifer Cassidy: Lecturer in Diplomacy and International Law at the University of Oxford Chris Gunness: Former spokesman for UNWRA
12/8/202323 minutes, 22 seconds
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How is the Israel-Gaza war different from other conflicts?

Military analysts say the intensity of Israel's war in Gaza has not been seen since the Second World War. Most of its weaponry has been supplied by the US. So, is this war different to others in terms of scale and speed? Join host Tom Mcrae.  Guests: Colin Clarke - Director of Research a The Soufan Group. Patrick - Senior Lecturer in Security, University of Bath. Sam Perlo-Freeman - Researcher at Campaign Against Arms Trade. 
12/7/202324 minutes, 16 seconds
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What do Israelis think about Israel's war on Gaza?

Relatives of Israeli captives held by Hamas have reacted with fury at a meeting with the prime minister and the war cabinet about the relentless bombing of Gaza, where their loved ones are trapped. Some are demanding Benjamin Netanyahu step down. What do people in Israel think?Join Host Neave Barker Guests:Udi Goren - Cousin of one of the captives detained in Gaza.Gershon Baskin - Founder, Israel-Palestine Center for Research and Information.Akiva Eldar - Political analyst. 
12/6/202322 minutes, 44 seconds
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How does Israel compare to failed states?

It's been in a state of near-perpetual war for decades, receives billions of dollars a year in aid and weapons, and has consistently broken international law by expanding its occupation and settlements. Several governments and international rights organisations say it must be investigated for war crimes in Gaza. Is Israel a normal state? How does it compare to failed states?Join Host Cyril Vanier Guests: Ali Abunimah - Co-founder, Electronic Intifada. Paul Turner - President and Executive Director, Fund For Peace. Ilan Pappe - Israeli historian.
12/5/202325 minutes, 28 seconds
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What is behind the U.S. warning Israel to protect civilians in Gaza?

The Israeli army has been expanding its attacks in central and southern Gaza. Nearly two months into this conflict, the U.S. has used some of its strongest language to date...warning Israel to protect civilians. But just how long can the war go on for and what would a victory look like?   Join Host Laura Kyle Guests: Bushra Khalidi - Policy Lead in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel, Oxfam. Elijah Magnier - Military and Political Analyst. Hussein Haridi - Former Assistant Foreign Minister of Egypt.
12/4/202325 minutes, 55 seconds
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What are the implications of Israel's AI technology for Gaza?

Israel is reportedly using Artificial Intelligence in its war on Gaza. The technology is being employed to select and expand potential targets. But with more than 15,000 Palestinians killed so far - what are the implications for civilians in Gaza?   Join Host Jonah Hull Guests: Meron Rapoport - Editor, Local Call & Investigative Journalist. Robert Geist Pinfold - Lecturer in Peace and Security, Durham University. Jessica Dorsey - Assistant Professor in International and European Law, Utrecht University.
12/3/202327 minutes, 39 seconds
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As Israel resumes its bombardment of Gaza, what is the end game?

Renewed Israeli bombardment of Gaza after the ceasefire ended is worsening the humanitarian crisis. The U.S. wants Israel to do more to protect Palestinian civilians. What's the military's strategy? And can Israel learn from the intelligence failure that led to Hamas' October attack? Join Host Jonah Hull  Guests:  Oren Ziv - Journalist and photographer, +972 Magazine. Antony Loewenstein - Author of 'The Palestine Laboratory'. Omar Ashour - Professor of Security and Military Studies, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies.
12/2/202326 minutes, 7 seconds
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Is Israel meeting its obligations under the laws of war?

With a 7-day ceasefire in Gaza over, fighting has resumed between Israel and Hamas. Caught in the middle are civilians from both sides, which raises questions about proportionality and accountability. So, is Israel meeting its obligations under the laws of war? Join host Laura Kyle.  Guests: Mustafa Barghouti - Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative. Ahmed Abofoul - Legal Researcher and Advocacy Officer at Al-Haq. Triestino Mariniello - Professor of Law at Liverpool John Moores University.
12/1/202323 minutes, 55 seconds
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Why does Israel target Palestinian children?

Two Palestinian boys have been shot dead by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank, and more than six thousand children have been killed in Gaza. Around 250 minors are in Israeli prisons. So, why does Israel target Palestinian children?Join host Folly Bah Thibault. Guests: Yousef Hammash - Gaza Advocacy Officer for the Norwegian Refugee Council. Tanya Haj-Hassan - Paediatric intensive care doctor who has worked in Gaza. Alex Saieh - Head of Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy at Save the Children.
11/30/202323 minutes, 51 seconds
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Why are so many Palestinian women being killed in Israel's war on Gaza?

The United Nations says women have borne the brunt of Israel's onslaught in Gaza. Two-thirds of those killed in a war, purportedly against Hamas, are women and children. Why are so many women victims? And what can the world do to protect them?Join Host Folly Bah Thibault  Guests: Nour Odeh - Political analyst. Yara Hawari - Senior analyst, Al Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network.Heather Barr - Associate director, Women's Rights Division, Human Rights Watch.
11/29/202325 minutes, 5 seconds
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What will it take to keep extending the Israel-Hamas ceasefire?

The ceasefire in Gaza has been extended. The deal - brokered by Qatar - has given a break for Palestinians under siege and bombardment. It's also brought joy as prisoners and captives are released. But could this ceasefire be extended further? And what will it take to make it happen? Join Host Laura Kyle Guests: Mehran Kamrava - Professor of Government, Georgetown University in Doha. Gideon Levy - Columnist, Haaretz Newspaper. Omar Rahman - Fellow, Middle East Council on Global Affairs.
11/28/202323 minutes, 48 seconds
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Can a divided EU have any meaningful policy on Israel's war on Gaza?

The European Union is divided on Gaza. Germany fully supports Israel..while others like Spain, Belgium and Ireland are calling for an end to the war. So, what's behind these divisions? And can a split EU play any meaningful role? Join Host Nastasya Tay Guests: Grace O'Sullivan - Member of the European Parliament, representing the Green Party in Ireland. Martin Konečný - Founder and Director, European Middle East Project. Suzanne Lynch - Chief Brussels Correspondent, Politico.
11/27/202325 minutes, 12 seconds
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What will it take to keep a fragile ceasefire alive in Gaza?

Calls grow louder to extend a fragile ceasefire and allow more aid into Gaza. Hamas and Israel have been exchanging detainees and captives since Friday. But what will it take to keep an agreement like this alive, let alone extend it beyond four days?   Join Host Nastasya Tay Guests: Alastair Crooke - Founder of the Conflicts Forum and also a veteran negotiator. Fabrizio Carboni - ICRC Near and Middle East Regional Director. Nimer Sultany - Advisory Committee at the Centre for Palestine Studies, SOAS.  
11/26/202328 minutes
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Is a two-state solution still possible for Palestine and Israel?

As a four-day ceasefire takes hold in Gaza - talk of a two-state solution is once again re-emerging among the international community. But given the level of violence in the past seven weeks across the occupied territories, is now the time to pursue this path to a lasting peace? And what would it take from both sides to secure it?Join Host James Bays Guests:Alon Liel - Former Director General, Israeli Foreign Ministry.Phyllis Bennis - Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies.Mustafa Barghouti - Secretary General, Palestinian National Initiative.
11/25/202325 minutes, 49 seconds
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How much aid can be distributed in the four-day truce?

The ceasefire in Gaza has come into effect, and an eerie calm not seen in seven weeks hangs over the strip. The north is in ruins, with water and food are in short supply. So, realistically, how much humanitarian aid can be distributed in just four days? Join host Tom McRae. Guests: Nebal Farsakh - Spokesperson for the Palestine Red Crescent Society. Akiva Eldar - Political Analyst and Columnist for Israeli newspaper, Haaretz. Nour Odeh - Writer and political analyst.
11/24/202324 minutes, 42 seconds
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Is Israel using mass detention as a weapon of war?

The Gaza ceasefire deal includes the release of at least 100 Palestinians detained in Israeli jails. But every day Israel arrests dozens more. So, why are so many Palestinians imprisoned in Israel? And is mass detention being used as a weapon of war and occupation? Join host Folly Bah Thibault. Guests: Mustafa Barghouti - Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative. Budour Hassan - Researcher on Israel and Palestine at Amnesty International. Ayed Abu Eqtaish - Accountability Programme Director at Defense for Children International.
11/23/202326 minutes, 15 seconds
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Is Israel's truce with Hamas a brief break in its war on Gaza?

A deal to pause the war in Gaza for four days. Israeli women and children held captive by Hamas will be exchanged for Palestinian women and children detained in Israeli jails. So what's next - a return to war, as Israel warns? Or could an end be in sight?Join Host Folly Bah Thibault Guests: Diana Buttu - Palestinian lawyer and former legal adviser, Palestine Liberation Organization.Sultan Barakat - Professor of Public Policy, Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Doha.Yossi Mekelberg - Associate Fellow, Chatham House.
11/22/202325 minutes, 2 seconds
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What dangers does winter bring for the people of Gaza?

Israel's war on Gaza has brought catastrophe to 2.3 million Palestinians. Hundreds of thousands have been forced from their homes, some left with just a plastic tent for shelter.Already weakened by war, what fresh dangers does winter bring for the people of Gaza?Join Host Folly Bah Thibault Guests:   Mansour Shouman - A Palestinian-Canadian in Gaza. Marwan Jilani - Director General, Palestine Red Crescent Society. Dr Mads Gilbert - Doctor and activist - in solidarity with Palestinians.   
11/21/202322 minutes, 9 seconds
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What are the implications of Yemen's Houthis hijacking Israeli ships?

A freighter, part Israeli-owned, has been hijacked by Yemen's Houthis in the Red Sea. They say it's in response to Israel's war on Gaza. Iran denies Israeli claims it's involved. So, what impact will this have on the region? And what are the possible military and economic implications? Join Host Folly Bah Thibault Guests: Trita Parsi - Executive Vice President, Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft.Mehran Kamrava - Professor of Government, Georgetown University in Qatar.Farea Al-Muslimi - Research Fellow on Yemen and the Gulf, Chatham House. 
11/20/202324 minutes, 35 seconds
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Could Israel's war on Gaza provoke a wider regional conflict?

As Israel steps up its bombardment of Gaza, military and political support from the U.S. remains steadfast. But could this war, which has caused such a humanitarian catastrophe, lead to a wider regional instability? And what role does Washington play? Join Host Sami Zeidan Guests: Daniel Levy - President, U.S./ Middle East Project. Nicholas Noe - Director, Beirut Exchange Foundation. HA Hellyer - Senior Associate Fellow, Royal United Services Institute.
11/19/202325 minutes, 40 seconds
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What damage could Israel's war on Gaza inflict on America's global standing?

America has shown unwavering support for Israel's war on Gaza. Critics say this highlights its double standards - and could be a turning point in the world order. Is the U.S. strategy short-sighted? What damage could the war inflict on America's global standing?   Join Host James Bays Guests: Rami Khouri - Issam Fares Institute Distinguished Fellow, American University of Beirut.  Samuel Ramani - Associate Fellow, Royal United Services Institute. James F Jeffrey - Former U.S. ambassador to Iraq and Turkiye.
11/18/202326 minutes, 30 seconds
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Revisiting: What's behind steadfast U.S. military and political backing for Israel?

This episode was originally published on October 18th, 2023. U.S. President Joe Biden has reaffirmed Washington's support for Israel - a day after hundreds of Palestinians were killed in an Israeli strike on a hospital in Gaza. What's behind steadfast U.S. military and political backing for Israel?  Join Host Folly Bah Thibault. Guests:  Dalal Iriqat - Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution and Diplomacy, Arab American University.  Khaled Elgindy - Senior Fellow, Middle East Institute. Phyllis Bennis - Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies. 
11/17/202324 minutes, 22 seconds
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Has Israel committed a war crime by targeting al-Shifa?

Israel's military leaders justified their raid on Gaza's largest hospital by claiming it housed a Hamas command centre. But many say what they have produced as evidence is far from conclusive. So, by targeting the al-Shifa complex, has Israel committed a war crime? Join host James Bays.  Guests: Erik Fosse - CEO, Norwegian Aid Committee.  A. Kayum Ahmed - Special adviser on the right to health at Human Rights Watch. Thomas Macmanus - Director of the International State Crime Initiative, Queen Mary University of London.
11/16/202323 minutes, 55 seconds
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Will the Biden administration help bring about a ceasefire in Gaza?

All eyes are on US President Joe Biden to stop the carnage in Gaza. But he seems to be struggling to assert any influence on Israel. Will the Biden administration yield to growing global pressure and help bring about a ceasefire in Gaza? Join Host James Bays Guests:  Nihad Awad - National Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations. Julie Norman - Associate Professor in Politics and International Relations, University College London. Hassan Mneimneh - Scholar and Political Analyst, Middle East Institute.
11/15/202325 minutes, 13 seconds
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Why are Gaza's hospitals under relentless Israeli attack?

Premature babies in danger of being killed, as Israeli attacks cripple most hospitals in Gaza. The World Health Organization says the biggest, al-Shifa, resembles a cemetery. How can this happen to places protected by international law? And what impact is it having on the Palestinians? Join Host Tom McRae Guests: Dr. Omar Abdel-Mannan - Co-founder, Gaza Medic.Bushra Khalidi - Policy Lead in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel, OXFAM. Dr. Mads Gilbert - Medical Head and Professor, Clinic of Emergency Medicine, University Hospital of North Norway. 
11/14/202325 minutes, 8 seconds
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What does David Cameron's return to government mean for the UK?

David Cameron stunned Britain when he quit as Prime Minister after the Brexit referendum. Now, he's triggered another political earthquake, making a shock return as Foreign Secretary. That follows the sacking of an interior minister who tried and failed to suppress major demonstrations in support of Palestinians in Gaza. So what does this mean for the UK's policies - at home and abroad? Join Host James Bays Guests: Alex Deane - Conservative Commentator and a former Conservative Party Aide. Lesley Riddoch - Former News, Radio & TV Presenter. Tim Bale - Professor of Politics, Queen Mary University of London.
11/13/202326 minutes, 49 seconds
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Who's going to pay to rebuild Gaza?

The human cost of Israel's war on Gaza is beyond calculation - lives lost, families destroyed, tens of thousands injured. But what about the economic cost and who will pay?Will Israel contribute anything to rebuild communities devastated by its bombs?Join Host James Bays Guests: Tamer Qarmout - Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies.  Helin Sari Ertem - Associate Professor, International Relations, Istanbul Medeniyet University.  Sultan Barakat - Professor of Public Policy, Hamad Bin Khalifa University.
11/12/202325 minutes, 56 seconds
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Why is Western media coverage of the war on Gaza being criticised?

A letter signed by hundreds of international journalists says Western media coverage of the Gaza war has been biased in favour of Israel and against Palestine. Newsrooms are accused of dehumanising Palestinians. Are the allegations fair?Join Host Laura Kyle Guests: Pacinthe Mattar - Independent journalist and 2022 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.  Ahmed Alnaouq - Journalist and co-founder, We Are Not Numbers. Marc Owen Jones - Associate Professor of Middle East Studies, Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Doha. 
11/11/202325 minutes, 25 seconds
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Will a daily pause offer any respite to Palestinians in Gaza?

Calls for a ceasefire in Gaza are growing by the day. Despite Palestinians enduring deaths and devastation, they've been offered a pause in Israeli strikes. It's a daily four-hour windows said to be aimed at helping people move to the south, which is being bombed too. So, does it offer any respite?  Join host Laura Kyle.  Guests: Omar Shakir - The Israel and Palestine Director at Human Rights Watch. Trita Parsi - The Executive Vice President of Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. Joseph Belliveau - The Executive Director of Doctors Without Borders in Canada.
11/10/202325 minutes, 7 seconds
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Who will govern Gaza once the war is over?

The world is witnessing death and destruction in Gaza on an unprecedented scale, with war crimes in full view, and calls for a ceasefire ignored. So, why do some leaders appear more concerned with who will govern Gaza once the war is over? Join host James Bays. Guests: Mohammed Nablusi - An attorney and organiser with the Palestinian Youth Movement. Ilan Pappe - Israeli historian and author of 'The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine.'  Vincent Fean - A former British Consul General in Jerusalem and a trustee of the Balfour Project.
11/9/202325 minutes, 32 seconds
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Does Israel pose a nuclear threat to the world?

It's widely seen as one of the Middle East's worst-kept secrets - Israel's nuclear programme. Believed to have originated in the 1950s, Israel possesses approximately 90 nuclear bombs, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.  Israel has never officially acknowledged the existence of its nuclear weapons, but they're believed to be aimed at rivals in the region like Iran. The country is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. So the statement by a cabinet minister saying Israel could opt to drop an atomic bomb on Gaza is raising alarm. More so, since hardliners like Ami-chai Eliyahu - such as National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir and Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich - are part of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet.  So, as Israel continues its bloodbath in Gaza - should the world be worried about its nuclear arms programme?   Join Host James Bays Guests:  Rabia Akhtar - Director, Centre for Security, Strategy and Policy Research, the University of Lahore.  Ahmed Abofoul - International lawyer.  Patrick Bury - Defence and security expert, University of Bath.
11/8/202328 minutes, 13 seconds
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Will more countries cut ties with Israel over the war?

Israel's bombardment of Gaza is now in its second month. More than 10,000 Palestinians, at least four thousand of them children, have been killed. Public anger is growing around the world. Countries have recalled their ambassadors.  South Africa and Bolivia have severed relations with Tel Aviv. But can these diplomatic moves pressure the United States and Israel's other Western allies to push it to at least agree to a humanitarian ceasefire? Join host Nick Clark  Guests: Maleeha Lodhi - Former Pakistani Ambassador to the UK, US, and the United Nations.  Jawad Anani - Former Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister in Jordan. Kealeboga Mapunye - Professor of African Politics, University of South Africa. 
11/7/202325 minutes, 33 seconds
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Is Israel engaged in genocide in Gaza?

Several nations are calling Israel's war on Gaza a genocide. An Israeli minister calls for a nuclear attack, and the Prime Minister quotes the Bible, referring to war wiping out enemies of Israel. Is Israel engaged in genocide? And if so, what can be done? Join Host Nick Clark Guests:  Sir Geoffrey Nice - Barrister and former war crimes prosecutor.  Omar Baddar - Political Analyst and Member, National Policy Council of the Arab American Institute.  Mustafa Barghouti - Secretary General, Palestinian National Initiative. 
11/6/202326 minutes, 12 seconds
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Do Israel's actions equate to ethnic cleansing?

Israel has ordered the 1.1 million Palestinians living in northern Gaza to leave their homes. Relentless bombing has flattened entire neighbourhoods - with people killed while fleeing. Do Israel's actions equate to ethnic cleansing?   Join Host James Bays Guests:  Mouin Rabbani - Co-Editor, Jadaliyya.  Diana Buttu - Human Rights Laywer.  Geoffrey Robertson - Human Rights Barrister.
11/5/202325 minutes, 1 second
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What is the state of Gaza's healthcare system?

Israel bombs hospitals - attacking an already crumbling health service. They're places protected by international law, where hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have sought shelter. What is the state of Gaza's healthcare system ravaged by siege and war?   Join Host James Bays Guests:  Dr Ahmed El Mokhallalati - Head of the Plastic Surgery Department, Al Shifa Hospital. Nebal Farsakh - Spokeswoman, Palestine Red Crescent Society.  Dr Mads Gilbert - Head of Emergency Department, University Hospital of North Norway. 
11/4/202326 minutes, 9 seconds
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Can international diplomacy end the war on Gaza?

Diplomatic pressure has had little impact on Israel's bombardment of Gaza. More Palestinians are killed every day, despite UN-led appeals for a ceasefire. Is there a role for international diplomacy in ending this war? And are positions shifting as the death toll mounts?  Presenter: Folly Bah Thibault  Guests: Sultan Barakat -- Professor of Public Policy at Hamad Bin Khalifa University Maleeha Lodhi -- Former Pakistani ambassador to the UK, U.S. and United NationsSteven Erlanger -- Chief diplomatic correspondent for Europe for The New York Times
11/3/202326 minutes, 40 seconds
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Can world powers stop violence in the occupied West Bank?

There has been a dramatic rise in Israeli attacks across the occupied West Bank since the start of the war on Gaza. Raids, demolitions, and settler attacks have become a daily occurrence. World powers have begun to speak out, but can they pressure Israel to stop the violence? Join host James Bay.  Guests:  Joost Hiltermann - Program Director of Middle East and North Africa at the Crisis Group. Mariam Barghouti - Policy Analyst with the Palestinian Policy Network. Toby Cadman - An International Human Rights Lawyer.
11/2/202325 minutes, 53 seconds
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What will it take to launch a war crimes investigation against Israel?

For a second consecutive day, Israeli forces have targeted Jabalia, the largest refugee camp in Gaza. More than one hundred people have been killed in two days of attacks. The total number of Palestinians killed in Gaza since October 7 is now nearing 8800.Israel has even targeted hospitals and mosques. So, what will it take to launch a war crimes investigation against Israel?  Host: Dareen Abughaida Guests:  Nour Odeh - Former Spokeswoman, Palestinian Task Force on Public Diplomacy. Michael Lynk - Former Special Rapporteur for the human rights situation in the Palestinian Territories occupied since 1967.  Donatella Rovera - Senior Crisis Response Adviser, Amnesty International. 
11/1/202325 minutes, 59 seconds
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Has Israel achieved its objectives by launching wars on Gaza?

Has Israel achieved its objectives by launching wars on Gaza? For decades its has bombed the strip and laid siege to Palestinians there. Now, it's carrying out yet another war, on a scale never seen before. But will this one serve Israel's purposes? Host: Tom McRae Guests: Michael Harari - Policy fellow, Mitvim Institute.  Sara Kira - Founder and Director, European North African Center for Research. Shashank Joshi - Defense editor, The Economist.
10/31/202324 minutes, 16 seconds
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What's the impact of the war on Gaza in the region and globally?

Feeling the heat of the war on Gaza, Israel says the fighting is costing it millions of dollars every day, and the devastation in the strip is unprecedented. So, what's the real cost to both sides? And what's the impact, in the region and globally?Host: Tom McRae  Guests: Menachem Klein - Professor of political science at Bar-Ilan University.  Natasha Lindstaedt - U.S. policy and foreign policy specialist.  Yousef Munayyer - Senior fellow, Arab Center.
10/30/202324 minutes, 42 seconds
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What can stop Gaza's collective punishment?

Israel's siege and destruction of Gaza is a 'humanitarian catastrophe' for its 2.3 million people. Those are the United Nations' words, as it warns that cutting off water, food, fuel and electricity is a war crime. So what can stop such collective punishment?  Join Host Tom McRae  Guests:  Mansour Shouman - Resident of Gaza. Bushra Khalidi - Policy lead in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel for OXFAM. Riham Jafari - Communications and advocacy coordinator, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Action Aid.
10/29/202326 minutes, 40 seconds
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What influence could international opinion have on Israel's war on Gaza?

The United Nations General Assembly votes overwhelmingly for a ceasefire in Gaza. It came at precisely the same time as Israel was launching its fiercest attacks yet. With the vote showing Israel and the U.S. largely isolated over the war, can world public opinion make a difference?    Join Host James Bays  Guests: Hanan Ashrawi - Palestinian political leader.  Ronnie Kasrils - Former South African government minister.  Maleeha Lodhi - Who served as Pakistan's Ambassador to the United Kingdom, the United States and the United Nations. 
10/28/202326 minutes, 19 seconds
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What is the impact of Israel's war on Palestinian children?

More than a million children in Gaza face daily attack from Israeli bombs and missiles. More than three thousand youngsters have been killed in three weeks, in a campaign backed by the West. What's the impact of Israel's war on Palestinian children? Presenter: James Bays Guests:  Tanya Haj-Hassan: A paediatric intensive care doctor who has worked in Gaza. Jason Lee: Country director of Save the Children in the occupied Palestinian territoriesYara Eid: A war journalist who spent her childhood in Gaza 
10/27/202325 minutes, 42 seconds
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Is anywhere safe in the Gaza Strip?

Al Jazeera's Gaza bureau chief is mourning his wife, daughter, son and grandson after they were killed in an Israeli attack.The majority of the war's victims are women and children - with journalists among the dead too. So, is anywhere in the Gaza Strip safe? Join host Bernard Smith. Guests:Jodie Ginsberg - President of the Committee to Protect Journalists. Mustafa Barghouti - Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative. Irene Khan - A UN Special Rapporteur.
10/26/202321 minutes, 8 seconds
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What can the United Nations do to end Israel's war on Gaza?

What can the United Nations do to end Israel's war on Gaza? The UN chief has pointed to clear violations of international humanitarian law. Israel and its supporters refuse any talk of a ceasefire. So, does diplomacy stand a chance in Gaza? Join Host Bernard Smith Guests: Richard Falk - Visiting professor, Istinye University.  Raphael Jerusalmy - Former Israeli intelligence officer and security analyst. Chris Gunness - Former UN Relief and Works Agency spokesperson. 
10/25/202324 minutes, 17 seconds
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What's the extent of U.S. military aid to Israel in its war on Gaza?

What's the extent of U.S. military aid to Israel in its war on Gaza? Washington has been sending military assets to the region, saying they're for deterrence purposes. But are they really? And could that trigger a wider conflict in the Middle East?   Join Host James Bays Guests: Colin Clarke - Director of Research, Soufan Group.  Omar Rahman - Fellow, Middle East Council on Global Affairs.  Glenn Carle - Career CIA Officer. 
10/24/202325 minutes, 47 seconds
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Will Israel risk the lives of captives for a ground offensive?

Israel is preparing a ground offensive in Gaza. But there are concerns about those captured by Hamas. With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing growing public anger, will the Israeli military go in regardless of the risks?   Join Host James Bays Guests: Yossi Mekelberg - Associate fellow in the Middle East and North Africa programme, Chatham House. Scott Lucas - Professor, Clinton Institute, University College Dublin.  Roxane Farmanfarmaian - Professor of Modern Middle East Politics, University of Cambridge.
10/23/202325 minutes, 4 seconds
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Will Hezbollah launch an all-out war on Israel?

Will Hezbollah launch an all-out war on Israel? The Lebanese armed group has exchanged fire with the Israeli military. But stopped short of using the most powerful missiles in its arsenal. So what could happen if it launches a full offensive? Join Host James Bays Guests: Nicholas Noe - Editor-in-Chief of Beirut-based Mideast wire dot com. Uri Dromi - Founding president, Jerusalem Press Club. Elijah Magnier - Military and political analyst.
10/22/202326 minutes, 42 seconds
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What can the UN secretary general hope to achieve in Gaza?

'A region reeling in pain and one step from the precipice'. Those are the words of UN chief Antonio Guterres, during an urgent diplomatic mission to help Gaza. Two-point-three million Palestinians are living under an Israeli siege and constant bombing. So what can Guterres hope to achieve?    Join Host James Bays Guests:  Mansour Shouman - Human rights advocate and a resident of Gaza.  Francesca Albanese - United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Occupied Palestinian Territory.  Donatella Rovera - Senior Crisis Response Adviser, Amnesty International.
10/21/202322 minutes, 29 seconds
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What political impact is the Israel-Gaza war having on regional leaders?

People in Arab nations are watching in horror - as Israel bombs Gaza from north to south, killing thousands of Palestinians - including many children. But what political impact will Israel's onslaught have on leaders in the region? Could there be lasting implications? Join Presenter James Bays and guests: Hafsa Halawa - Independent political consultant Tamara Ben-Halim - Trustee and co-founder of the Palestinian rights organisation MakanRami Khouri - Distinguished Public Policy Fellow at the American University of Beirut
10/20/202324 minutes, 52 seconds
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What role can the UN play in Gaza?

Palestinians in Gaza are suffering a humanitarian catastrophe, with nothing allowed in and no way out.The UN is blocked on the ground, and the Security Council is polarised and paralysed by veto. So, what role can it play? Join host James Bays. Guests: Mukesh Kapila - Professor at the University of Manchester. Yousef Munayyer - Head of the Palestine/Israel Program at the Arab Center Washington DC. Chris Gunnes - Former UN Relief and Works Agency spokesperson.
10/19/202326 minutes, 2 seconds
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What's behind steadfast U.S. military and political backing for Israel?

U.S. President Joe Biden has reaffirmed Washington's support for Israel - a day after hundreds of Palestinians were killed in an Israeli strike on a hospital in Gaza. What's behind steadfast U.S. military and political backing for Israel?    Join Host Folly Bah Thibault Guests:  Dalal Iriqat - Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution and Diplomacy, Arab American University.  Khaled Elgindy - Senior Fellow, Middle East Institute. Phyllis Bennis - Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies. 
10/18/202324 minutes, 22 seconds
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What will it take for life-saving aid to reach Gaza?

No food, no water, no fuel and nowhere to go. As Israel's bombing of Gaza intensifies, Palestinians are facing an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe. What will it take for life-saving aid to reach the besieged enclave? And can a disaster be prevented?   Join Host Folly Bah Thibault Guests: Najla Shawa - Oxfam spokesperson.  Dr Nick Maynard - Consultant surgeon who visits Gaza regularly to train medical students and doctors. Sara Kira - Founder and director, European North African Center for Research.
10/17/202325 minutes, 25 seconds
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Has Israel breached the laws of war in Gaza?

Has Israel breached the laws of war in Gaza? The killing of civilians and collective punishment raises concerns as its military bombs the strip. So who will hold Israel to account? Join Host James Bays Guests: Geoffrey Robertson - Founder, Doughty Street Chambers.   Sawsan Zaher - Human rights lawyer.  Marc Garlasco - Military adviser, Dutch NGO 'Pax for Peace'.
10/16/202325 minutes, 13 seconds
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What are the military risks of an Israeli ground offensive in Gaza?

What are the military risks of an Israeli ground offensive in Gaza? The Israeli army says it's ready for the next stage of its war on the strip, and it's massing hundreds of thousands of troops. But what does Israel stand to gain from an incursion into Gaza? Join Host James Bays Guests: Elias Hanna - Retired Lebanese military General. Elijah Magnier - Military analyst who has covered conflicts in the Middle East. Lawrence Korb - Former Assistant Secretary of Defense.
10/15/202325 minutes, 35 seconds
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Israel-Hamas war: What does the U.S. want from Arab countries?

As Israel intensifies its shelling of Gaza, what does Washington want from Arab countries? The U.S. Secretary of State is in the region to show support for Israel. But can Biden's administration prevent the war from spilling over, in the Middle East?Join Host James Bays Guests: Yara Hawari - Senior analyst, Al Shabaka,The Palestinian Policy Network. Rich Outzen - Geopolitical consultant and former U.S. State Department official. Nancy Okail - President and CEO, Center for International Policy.
10/14/202325 minutes, 21 seconds
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Do Russia, China and India support Israel in the war on Gaza?

The United States has been Israel's strongest backer in the war on Gaza. The European Union and United Kingdom have also voiced political support. As more Palestinians are killed and the humanitarian situation worsens, where do Russia, China and India stand? Host: Bernard Smith Guests:  Pavel Felgenhauer, independent Russian foreign policy analystEinar Tangen, Senior Fellow, Taihe Insitute Ashok Swain, Professor, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University
10/13/202325 minutes, 10 seconds
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How is western policy affecting Israel and Palestine?

The West has united in backing Israel since Saturday's armed attack by Hamas. And western governments have avoided criticising the intensive Israeli bombing of Gaza. So how is western policy towards Israel and Palestine over decades, affecting the situation today?  Presenter: James Bays  Guests: Abdullah Al-Arian, associate professor of history at Georgetown University in Qatar. He is a specialist on U.S. Middle East policy.  Maria Luisa Fantappie, head of the Middle East and Africa program for the Italian think tank, Instituto Affari Internazionali. Richard Boyd Barrett, a member of the Irish Parliament with the People Before Profit Party.
10/12/202327 minutes, 34 seconds
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What role does international law play in protecting Palestinian and Israeli civilians?

Palestinians bombed by Israel - hundreds killed and thousands injured. Gaza under siege, running out of supplies. Hundreds of Israelis killed and abducted by Hamas fighters, communities pounded by rocket fire. Do civilians have any protection under international law? Join Host Folly Bah Thibault  Guests:  Geoffrey Nice - Barrister, former prosecutor, International Criminal Court. Omar Shakir - Israel and Palestine Director, Human Rights Watch.  Michael Lynk - Professor Emeritus in the Law Faculty, Western University.
10/11/202325 minutes, 34 seconds
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Why has politics failed badly in the Israel-Hamas war?

Hundreds of civilians killed and injured in Israeli attacks on Gaza. The government declares a total siege - fighting what it calls 'human animals'. Earlier, hundreds of Israelis were killed by Palestinian fighters. Why has politics failed so badly? What's next - for both sides? Join Host Sami Zeidan  Guests:  Francesca Albanese - United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Diana Buttu - Former spokeswoman for the Palestine Liberation Organization. Gideon Levy - Columnist, Haaretz.
10/10/202326 minutes, 19 seconds
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Could the Israel-Hamas war spill over to the region?

Israel declares war on Hamas and orders a total siege of Gaza with no food or electricity - after an unprecedented attack by the Palestinian armed group. The Israeli PM has vowed to destroy Hamas' capabilities. But at what cost? And is there a risk the war could spill over to the region.   Join Host Folly Bah Thibault Guests: Mustafa Barghouti - Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative. Rami Khouri - Public Policy Fellow, American University of Beirut. Daniel Levy - President of the U.S. Middle East Project. 
10/9/202325 minutes, 6 seconds
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Revisit: Is the Panama Canal in danger of drying up?

First published August 29, 2023. Is the Panama Canal in danger of drying up? Low water levels caused by drought are forcing restrictions on the number of ships that are allowed to transit. Cargo deliveries are being delayed and supply chains hit worldwide. So is an alternative waterway needed?  Join Host Mohammed Jamjoom Guests: Lars Ostergaard Nielsen - Head of operations for North American & Latin America, Maersk Shipping & Logistics Company.  James Baker - Containers Editor, Lloyd's List Maritime Information Provider. Jean-Paul Rodrigue - Professor in Department of Global Studies & Geography, Hofstra University, New York. 
10/8/202324 minutes, 44 seconds
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Revisiting: What's behind Israel so-called automated apartheid?

This episode originally published on June 30, 2023. Israel is under pressure to end the so-called automated apartheid. It's accused of using facial recognition technology to control Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. How much of a privacy breach is this? And does this technology really offer Israel greater security? Join host Adrian Finighan. Guests: Matt Mahmoudi - Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights adviser, Amnesty International.  Jalal Abukhater, - Writer and Community leader, Right to Movement. Ori Givati - Advocacy Director, Breaking The Silence.
10/7/202325 minutes, 2 seconds
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What does Syria's latest attack mean for the future of the war?

A brazen attack and a reminder that the violence in Syria is far from over.The government blames armed groups for the attack on a military academy in Homs. So, has Bashar al Assad really won the war? And what role do foreign parties play in Syria? Host: Mohammed Jamjoom Guests: Alexey Khlebnikov, Middle East specialist at the Russian International Affairs Council Omer Ozkizilcik, Foreign Policy and Security Analyst Joshua Landis, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma
10/6/202325 minutes, 4 seconds
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Can Ukraine secure membership of the EU?

European leaders meet in Spain, with Ukraine's hopes for EU membership in sharp focus. The EU president wants it to happen. But some within the bloc are privately less enthusiastic. So can it become a reality?  Join host Mohammed Jamjoom Guests: Olena Prokopenko - Former Ukrainian Finance Ministry adviser. Pieter Cleppe - Editor of Brussels Report EUDaniela Irrera - Professor at the Centre for High Defence Studies
10/5/202324 minutes, 13 seconds
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How free is India's media?

Journalists detained in police raids in India. The BJP government says it wants to counter Chinese influence, but media rights groups say it's further state repression. So how free is India's media? And what pressures do journalists face there?    Join Host Emily Angwin Guests: Rana Ayyub - Global Opinions Writer, The Washington Post.  Shoaib Daniyal - Political Editor, Scroll News, India. Beh Lih Yi - Asia Program Coordinator, Committee to Protect Journalists.
10/4/202323 minutes, 19 seconds
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How will the court trials impact Trump's presidential campaign?

Another court case for Donald Trump - the latest accusing him of fraud. The former U.S. president says he's the victim of a witch-hunt. But his mounting legal problems don't seem to be denting his popularity. So could these trials help or hinder Trump's presidential campaign?  Join Host Emily Angwin Guests:  Daniel Freeman - Fellow, Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, American University Washington DC.  Claire Finkelstein - Faculty Director, Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law, University of Pennsylvania. Carrie Sheffield - Senior Policy Analyst, Independent Women's Forum.
10/3/202324 minutes, 54 seconds
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How significant is Robert Fico's election win in Slovakia?

A critic of the EU, NATO and funding the war in Ukraine has won Slovakia's general election. Robert Fico's populist SMER-SSD party got 23% and the right to form the next government. So, what's behind this vote in Ukraine's neighbour?    Join Host Emily Angwin  Guests:  Alena Kudzko - Vice President for Policy and Programming, GLOBSEC.  Ben Aris - Founder and Editor-in-Chief, BNE Intelli-News. Pavol Demeš - Former Slovakian Foreign Minister. 
10/2/202325 minutes, 24 seconds
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How is Pakistan dealing with the security threat emanating from Afghanistan?

How is Pakistan dealing with the security threat emanating from Afghanistan? Islamabad has reported an increase in cross-border attacks by the Pakistani Taliban. What's behind this surge? And is the Taliban government doing enough to stop it?   Join Host Mohammed Jamjoom Guests: Waqar Khan - Defence analyst.  Obaidullah Baheer - Lecturer in Transitional Justice, American University, Afghanistan. Zeeshan Salahuddin - Director, Centre for Regional and Global Connectivity, Tabad-lab. 
10/1/202325 minutes, 53 seconds
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Will Vladimir Putin legitimise the Wagner Group?

Will Vladimir Putin legitimise the Wagner Group? The Russian president has ordered a former commander of the mercenary force to take charge of volunteer units in Ukraine. So, how could Putin profit from Wagner fighters? And could they be integrated into the army?   Join Host Mohammed Jamjoom Guests: Pavel Felgenhauer - Independent Russian Defence Analyst. Michael Clarke - Visiting Professor, Department of War Studies at King’s College London. John Lechner -  Independent researcher with a special focus on conflict in Africa.  
9/30/202325 minutes, 41 seconds
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What does the future hold for the Nagorno-Karabakh region?

It's been disputed for decades, but Nagorno-Karabakh is now under Azerbaijan's control. As tens of thousands of Armenians flee, its self-declared government says it will cease to exist. So what does the future hold for the region? And what will happen to its separatist movements? Join host Mohammed Jamjoom. Guests: Nigar Arpadarai - Member of Azerbaijan Parliament. Matthew Bryza - Former US Mediator of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.  Arsen Kharatyan - Former Adviser to the Armenian Prime Minister, Nikol Pashinyan. 
9/29/202325 minutes, 8 seconds
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Can a court force governments to act on climate change?

A group of young activists is suing dozens of governments in Europe and beyond. They argue that these governments failed to protect their rights to a healthy environment. So, could this case lead to concerted action on global warming? Join host Mohammed Jamjoom. Guests: Catherine Gamper - Climate change adaptation specialist. Ashafaq Khalfan - Director of climate justice at Oxfam US.
9/28/202324 minutes, 8 seconds
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Why does the UK Home Secretary want international migration law overhauled?

The UK's interior minister says the international asylum system is outdated and needs to be reformed. Her views have been strongly rejected by the United Nations and human rights organisations. So what's behind them and do they have any support?    Join Host Mohammed Jamjoom  Guests:  Steve Valdez-Symonds - Director of Refugee and Migrants Rights, Amnesty International UK. Shabia Mantoo - Global spokesperson, United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR. Tim Bale - Professor of politics, Queen Mary University of London. 
9/27/202323 minutes, 42 seconds
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How will U.S. politicians deal with the increase of asylum seekers?

After tough journeys, thousands of asylum seekers are crossing into the U.S. every day. Despite the obstacles and barriers, the influx is growing. Immigration divides American politics and will be a central issue in next year's presidential election. So why is it so divisive and what's the solution?  Join host Laura Kyle Guests:  Niambi Carter - Associate Professor, School of Public Policy - University of Maryland. Rebekah Wolf - Policy Counsel for the Immigration Justice Campaign, American Immigration Council. John Feehery - Partner, EFP Advocacy. 
9/26/202324 minutes, 18 seconds
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What's the impact of the most recent violence in Kosovo?

A policeman shot dead in northern Kosovo, Serb gunmen killed in a monastery siege. It's the latest violent flashpoint between ethnic Serbs and Albanians. So, how damaging is this to international peace efforts? And can a lasting solution ever be found?  Join Host Laura Kyle  Guests:  Helena Ivanov - Serbian Affairs Analyst. Dan IIazi - Head of Research, Kosovar Centre for Security Studies. Suzanne Lynch - Chief Brussels Correspondent, Politico. 
9/25/202325 minutes, 47 seconds
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What's the significance of Crimea in the Russia-Ukraine war?

A Ukrainian missile strike hits Russia's naval headquarters in Crimea. Attacks on the Russian-controlled territory have intensified, just as Ukraine's ground offensive in the east, makes little headway. So why is Crimea so important to both sides in this war?   Join Host Laura Kyle Guests:  Andrey Baklanov - Deputy Chairman, Association of Russian Diplomats.  Domitilla Sagramoso - Senior Lecturer in Security and Development, King's College London. Michael Bociurkiw - Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council. 
9/24/202325 minutes, 48 seconds
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What are the consequences for a U.S. government shutdown?

The U.S. government is once again facing a shutdown. Infighting among Republicans is threatening a halt to this year's federal budget. But what will a shutdown mean for Americans and the rest of the world? And could it be averted at the last minute?   Join Host Laura Kyle Guests: Rina Shah - Founder and Principal, Rilax Strategies. Thomas Gift - Director, Centre on U.S. Politics, University College London. Elaine Kamarck - Founding Director, Center for Effective Public Management, Brookings.
9/23/202326 minutes, 6 seconds
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What's the role of UN peacekeepers?

The Democratic Republic of Congo has asked the UN to withdraw its troops saying it's failed to protect civilians. So, what's the role of UN peacekeepers? And will this pave the way for private armies to take over? Join host Mohammed Jamjoom. Guests: Moussa Kondo - Executive Director at the Sahel Institute. Tara O'Connor - Founder and Executive Director at Africa Risk Consulting. Mukesh Kapila - Former UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan.
9/22/202325 minutes, 38 seconds
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Will Azerbaijan take full control of Nagorno-Karabakh?

Armenian separatists in the region agree to disarm after a quick assault by Baku.They're also considering reintegrating into the Azerbaijani state. So is this the end of this decades-long conflict? Join host Mohammed Jamjoom Guests: Esmira Jafarova, Board member of the Center of Analysis of International Relations.  Arsen Kharatyan, Editor-in-Chief of Aliq Media, an Armenian-Georgian media platform.  Matthew Bryza, former U.S. mediator to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. 
9/21/202324 minutes, 44 seconds
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What's behind the rising tensions between Canada and India?

Sikh activists have been operating for years outside India. Now, one has been killed in Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accuses New Delhi of triggering tension between the two countries. So, can it be contained? And what does this tell us about the plight of religious minorities in India? Join Host Mohammed Jamjoom Guests: Garry Keller - Vice President, StrategyCorp. Steve Hewitt - Associate Professor, University of Birmingham. Brahma Chellaney - Professor of Strategic Studies, Center for Policy Research.
9/20/202326 minutes, 3 seconds
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How significant is the US-Iran prisoners swap deal?

A prisoner swap between the U.S. and Iran. It's a rare agreement between two nations, long at odds on nearly all fronts. So does this deal signal a new dawn in relations?    Join Host Mohammed Jamjoom Guests:  Foad Izadi - Head of the American Studies Department, University of Tehran. Roxane Farmanfarmaian - Lecturer in Modern Middle East Politics, University of Cambridge. Scott Lucas - Professor of U.S. and International Relations, University College Dublin.
9/19/202324 minutes, 16 seconds
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How dangerous is the latest Covid wave?

Covid cases are rising again - along with variants of the virus. The World Health Organization says it wants its experts to return to China to find out more about the origins of the disease. So how much of a danger is this wave?  Join Host Mohammed Jamjoom Guests: Dr. Paul Hunter - Professor in Medicine, University of East Anglia.  Dr. Patrick Tang - Division Chief of Microbiology, Sidra Medicine, Doha. Dr. Gabriel Scally - Professor of Public Health, Bristol University.
9/18/202320 minutes, 59 seconds
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Will the global electric car market cause a geopolitical battle?

An auto workers' dispute in the U.S. underlines Washington's struggle to become competitive in the global electric car market. While the EU and China clash over subsidies. Are East and West revving up for another geopolitical battle?   Join Host Sami Zeidan  Guests:  Steven Erlanger - Chief Diplomatic Correspondent in Europe, The New York Times. Andy Mok - Senior Research Fellow, Center for China Globalization. Ferdinand Dudenhoffer - Professor and Director, Center for Automotive Research think-tank.
9/17/202325 minutes, 2 seconds
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How did the dams in Libya fail?

Looking for bodies...and answers. Teams in Libya are still searching for people after two dams collapsed. But how could structures like these fail? How safe are others dams around the world? And is climate change a factor?  Join Host Sami Zeidan  Guests:  Asma Khalifa - Research Fellow, German Institute for Global and Area Studies. Sara Hayat - Lawyer who specialises in climate change law, policy and advocacy, Pakistan. Edmond Harty - Chartered Engineer and President of Engineers Ireland. 
9/16/202326 minutes, 25 seconds
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What's behind the Russia-North Korea cooperation?

The leaders of Russia and North Korea are taking steps to strengthen their relationship. What sort of new era will emerge from this? And should the West be worried? Join host Sami Zeidan. Guests: Andrei Lankov - Director of the North Korea-focussed news-site N-K News. Jenny Town - Senior Fellow at the security-focussed American think-tank, the Stimson Center. Andrey Baklanov - Vice President of the Association of Russian Diplomats.
9/15/202324 minutes, 38 seconds
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What's behind Italy's rise in undocumented migrants?

Italy's Prime Minister has promised a tough stance against undocumented migrants as the country is facing an increase in the number of people arriving by boat. So, what's behind this rise? And has the security approach failed? Join host Mohammed Jamjoom. Guests: Andrea De Petris - Scientific Director at the Center for European Policy. Badder Dabbagh - A former Syrian refugee. Ferdinando Nelli Feroci - President of the Institute of International Affairs. 
9/14/202324 minutes, 10 seconds
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How can the world deal with the rise of natural disasters?

Earthquakes, floods, fires, storms and drought...Natural disasters have ravaged many parts of the world on a scale not seen in decades. With this unprecedented rise, can countries alone deal with the consequences? And should a global agency be created?   Join Host Mohammed Jamjoom Guests: Zaid Belbagi - Managing partner, Hardcastle Advisory. Nilofer Afridi Qazi - Disaster management specialist and public policy adviser. Andrew Phelps - Vice President of planning and risk reduction, AC Disaster Consulting.    
9/13/202324 minutes, 3 seconds
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How is Libya dealing with the floods?

Divided and embroiled in a civil war, Libya is hit by devastating floods. Thousands are dead and thousands more missing. How will the country deal with this disaster? And how are political rivalries affecting rescue operations?Join Host Mohammed Jamjoom  Guests: Salah ElBakkoush - Political analyst. Anas El Gomati - Founder and director, Sadeq Institute. Michele Servadei - UNICEF Libya country representative. 
9/12/202325 minutes, 13 seconds
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Does Morocco have what needs to manage this tragedy?

Desperate efforts to reach people stranded in mountains in Morocco. After its worst earthquake in more than a century, the scale of the disaster is still not fully known. So does the country have what it needs to cope? Join Host Mohammed Jamjoom Guests: Amanda Mouttaki - Community volunteer.  Hassan Lemtouni - Moroccan community leader, Ireland. Martin Mai - Earthquake scientist. 
9/11/202325 minutes, 45 seconds
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How is Morocco coping with the earthquake?

Morocco is in mourning after a devastating earthquake. Desperate rescue and recovery efforts continue to try to reach people in remote areas. So how is the country coping? And can any lessons be learned?  Join Host Laura Kyle  Souha Taha - Witness/community volunteer in the affected areas. Samir Bennis - Co-founder and editor-in-chief, Morocco World News.  Mohammad Mehdi Kashani - Associate Professor of Structural Engineering, University of Southampton.
9/10/202325 minutes, 26 seconds
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What's behind Saudi Arabia's and Russia's oil production cuts?

Oil prices hit a nine-month high, after Saudi Arabia and Russia say production cuts are to continue. It's not good news for consumers or the White House. So, what's behind this move...money or politics or both?  Join Host Laura Kyle Cornelia Meyer - CEO, Meyer Resources. Chris Weafer - Chief Executive Officer, Macro-Advisory. Andrew Lipow - President, Lipow Oil Associates.
9/9/202325 minutes, 14 seconds
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What's behind the new tensions in the Nagorno-Karabakh region?

Armenia and Azerbaijan are accusing each other of moving troops to their border areas. Tension has been rising in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. But why is this a concern now? And what's the role of foreign powers? Join host Imran Khan. Guests: Farid Shafiyev - Chairman, Center of Analysis of International Relations. Anna Ohanyan - International Relations Professor, Stonehill College. Ben Aris - Editor-in-Chief, bne IntelliNews.
9/8/202324 minutes, 15 seconds
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What can Moscow and Pyongyang gain from deepening their alliance?

Isolated and under sanctions. Are Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un planning a meeting to cement their alliance? The Russian leader badly needs weapons for his war in Ukraine. But what can Pyongyang offer? And how will the West react? Join host Imran Khan Guests: Youngshik Bong - Adviser to South Korea's National Unification Ministry. Julie Norman - Co-director Centre on US Politics, University College London. Sergei Markov - Former Spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
9/7/202324 minutes, 47 seconds
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Why are Syria's Druze calling for Bashar al-Assad to resign now?

They've been largely neutral during 12 years of war -- but now Syria's Druze are protesting in their heartland. They're demanding Bashar al-Assad to step down. But why now? What's really behind their anger? And could these demonstrations gain momentum?  Join host Imran Khan Guests: Mouaz Moustafa - Executive Director, Syrian Emergency Task Force. Joshua Landis - Director of Center for Middle East Studies, Oklahoma University. Steven Heydemann - Middle East Studies Program Director, Smith College.
9/6/202324 minutes, 12 seconds
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Can Africa combat climate change alone?

Africa is holding its first climate summit. The aim is to find how to tackle the continent's climate change challenges. But although African countries are ambitious about green development, can they do it alone? And do they have the money? Join host Imran Khan Guests: Serah Makka-Ugbabe - Africa Executive Director, ONE Campaign. Donald Ikenna Ofoegbu - Program Manager of Sustainable Nigeria Programs, Heinrich Boel Stiftung. Maurice Onyango - Regional Head of Disaster Risk Management, Plan International. 
9/5/202325 minutes, 27 seconds
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Can Erdogan convince Putin to rejoin the Black Sea Grain Deal?

A high-stakes meeting in Sochi. Turkiye's leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, holds talks with Russia’s Vladimir Putin amid international efforts to revive the Black Sea Grain Deal. Can Erdogan convince Putin to rejoin? And how solid are relations between the two countries?   Join Host Folly Bah Thibault Guests: Andrey Baklanov - Former Russian Ambassador. Michael Bociurkiw - Global affairs analyst.  Seda Demiralp - Associate professor, Isik University.  
9/4/202326 minutes, 50 seconds
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Iraq: How can the unrest in Kirkuk be resolved?

Violence in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk. Rival demonstrations between Kurdish, Arab and Turkmen communities have led to deaths and injuries. Plans by Iraqi security forces to return a building to Kurds that they previously held - have infuriated other ethnic groups. So how can the unrest be resolved? Join Host Folly Bah-Thibault Guests:  Ahmed Rushdi - President of House, Iraqi Expertise Foundation.  Julian Bechocha - Journalist and reporter, Rudaw. Zeidon Alkinani - Non-resident fellow,  Arab Center Washington DC.
9/3/202324 minutes
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How might the stand-off between Niger's coup leaders and France end?

Niger's coup leaders and France are in a stand-off. The military wants to cut ties with the former colonial power. President Emmanuel Macron refuses to recognize their takeover. So how might this end?  Join Host Folly Bah Thibault  Guests: Nicolas Norman - Former French Ambassador to Mali, Senegal and Republic of the Congo. Kabir Adamu - Managing Director, Beacon Consulting risk management and security consultancy. Leonard Mbulle-Nziege - Researcher, Institute for Democracy. 
9/2/202324 minutes, 44 seconds
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Why is the new France classroom clothing ban so contentious?

A new classroom ban in France on clothing defined by the state as religious. The government says it's to defend the country's strict secularism - Muslims believe it's a targeted attack on fundamental freedoms. Why is the issue so contentious - both for and against? Join Host Folly Bah Thibault.  Guests:  Loubna Reguig - National President of the Muslim Students of France Jacques Reland - Senior Research Fellow at The Global Policy Institute, in Saint-Malo Rainbow Murray - Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London. 
9/1/202324 minutes, 18 seconds
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Gabon: Why has there been yet another coup in Africa?

A military coup in Gabon - celebrations on the street, but a very different reaction globally. The takeover's being condemned by the UN while China, Russia, the U.S. and EU all voice concern. So why has there been yet another coup in Africa? What's the response of African states? Join Host Mohammed Jamjoom Guests: Antoine Lawson - Veteran journalist in Libreville, Gabon Stella Agara - African government affairs analyst Lassane Ouedraogo - Research fellow, Centre for Democracy and Development. 
8/31/202324 minutes, 17 seconds
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Can an initiative by Algeria end the crisis in neighbouring Niger?

Can an initiative by Algeria end the crisis in neighbouring Niger? The Algerians are proposing a six-month transition period from military to civilian rule. While other African countries are threatening coup leaders with military intervention. So, how much leverage does Algeria have to push its initiative forward? Join Host Mohammed Jamjoom Guests: Alexis Akwagyiram - Managing Editor, Semafor Africa news website. Kabir Adamu - Managing Director, Beacon Consulting security risk management and intelligence provider. Jacques Reland - Senior Research Fellow, Global Policy Institute think tank.
8/30/202324 minutes, 23 seconds
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Is the Panama Canal in danger of drying up?

Is the Panama Canal in danger of drying up? Low water levels caused by drought are forcing restrictions on the number of ships that are allowed to transit. Cargo deliveries are being delayed and supply chains hit worldwide. So is an alternative waterway needed?  Join Host Mohammed Jamjoom Guests: Lars Ostergaard Nielsen - Head of operations for North American & Latin America, Maersk Shipping & Logistics Company.  James Baker - Containers Editor, Lloyd's List Maritime Information Provider. Jean-Paul Rodrigue - Professor in Department of Global Studies & Geography, Hofstra University, New York. 
8/29/202324 minutes, 44 seconds
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Will Ethiopia compromise on its Grand Renaissance Dam?

Will Ethiopia compromise on its Grand Renaissance Dam? Yet, another meeting is held with Egypt and Sudan, and Addis Ababa insists the dam won't harm its neighbours. But will it accept a binding agreement? And what will be the long-term consequences of this dam? Join Host Mohammed Jamjoom Guests: Yilma Seleshi - Professor of Water Resources and Engineering, Addis Ababa University. Sara Kira - Founder and Director of the European North African Center for Research. Allam Ahmed - Professor of Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, University of East London. 
8/28/202325 minutes, 13 seconds
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Can BRICS shake up the world's political and economic architecture?

It is a new era for the BRICS nations. The five members of the bloc have agreed to invite six new ones, and they are planning new currency arrangements aimed at reducing reliance on the U.S dollar. So can BRICS really shake up the world's political and economic architecture?  Join Host Nick Clark Guests: Ben Aris - Founder and editor-in-chief, BNE IntelliNews.  Arina Muresan - Senior researcher, Institute for Global Dialogue.  Einar Tangen - China affairs analyst. 
8/25/202323 minutes, 59 seconds
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What's known about Wagner's Prigozhin and the plane crash?

A plane crashes in Russia, the passenger list including the leader of the Wagner mercenaries. Yevgeny Prigozhin led a brief revolt in June, which was described as treason by President Vladimir Putin, before he was apparently forgiven. What other facts can be drawn from what happened?  Join Host Cyril Vanier Guests:  Pavel Felgenhauer - Defence and military analyst. Donnacha Ó Beacháin - Professor of Post-Soviet Politics. Owen Matthews - Author of 'Overreach: The Inside Story of Putin's War on Ukraine'.
8/24/202322 minutes, 49 seconds
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What's next for Thailand after its latest political changes?

Thaksin Shinawatra returns home... Thailand’s former leader, back from exile, was immediately detained. He supports the new government - which is backed by the military that ousted him. The winners of the election are out in the cold. So, what's next for Thailand? And how will its people react to the latest political changes?    Join Host Laura Kyle  Guests:  Punchada Sirivunnabood - Specialist on Thailand's electoral system. Duncan McCargo - Professor of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Nanyang Technological University.  Kasit Piromya - Former Foreign Minister of Thailand. 
8/23/202325 minutes, 58 seconds
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Revisit: What are the roots of modern day slavery?

A recent report says some 50 million people are victims of exploitation by others and the situation is getting worse. So, what's being done to stop it? Join host Mohammed Jamjoom. Guests: Sophie Otiende - CEO of the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery and human-trafficking survivor.   Phil Robertson - Deputy Director of the Asia Division at Human Rights Watch. Grace Forrest - Founding Director of Walk Free.*First published on May 25, 2023*
8/22/202324 minutes, 53 seconds
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What went wrong with the Luna 25?

 The Russian spacecraft crashed on the moon instead of making a soft landing at the south pole. As other countries compete in the race to space, what lessons are being learned from the failure? Join Host Laura Kyle. Guests: Steve Maran - Astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Anil Kumar Bhatt - Director General, Indian Space Association. Derrick Pitts - Chief Astronomer & Planetarium Programs Director, Franklin Institute.
8/21/202324 minutes, 39 seconds
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What's behind Argentina's Javier Milei's election win?

Surging prices, skyrocketing inflation and a plunging currency -- after a shock victory by a far-right candidate in Argentina's presidential primary. So, who is Javier Milei?  What's behind his election win? And what are his chances in October's presidential race? Join Host Rob Matheson Guests: Alan Cibils - Chairman of the Political Economy Department, Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento. Javier Farje - Latin American Affairs Analyst. Sebastian Lacunza - Columnist, El Diario AR.
8/18/202322 minutes, 14 seconds
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Can Libya ever unite in peace again?

The worst violence in Libya in a year - dozens killed after the commander of an armed group is detained by rivals. The country remains divided - scarred by war and instability. Can Libya ever unite in peace again? What is its political future? Join host Adrian Finighan Guests:  Anas El Gomati - Founder and Director of the Sadeq Institute.  Emadeddin Badi - Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council. Mansour El-Kikhia - Professor of Politics, University of Texas at San Antonio. 
8/17/202324 minutes, 44 seconds
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How far can the sport go for female footballers?

The Women's World Cup final kicks off on Sunday, the sport's most successful tournament yet. There's been rapid growth in the game, but is it a level playing field between richer and poorer nations? How far can the sport go for female footballers?  Join Host Adrian Finighan Guests:  Shireen Ahmed - A senior contributor with CBC Sports. Farkhunda Muhtaj - Captain of the Afghanistan women's national team. 
8/16/202324 minutes, 19 seconds
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Is Trump and his presidential campaign in serious trouble?

More trouble for former U.S. President Donald Trump - charged under Georgia's racketeering laws with trying to overturn his 2020 election defeat to Joe Biden. Trump says the latest indictment is rigged. So how serious is this for him and his presidential campaign? Join Host Adrian Finighan Guests:  Julie Norman - Co-director, Centre on U.S. Politics. Ross Feingold - Lawyer & Director, Association of Americans Resident Overseas.  Jennifer Ewing - Spokesperson, Republicans Overseas U.K.
8/15/202326 minutes, 24 seconds
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Has Russia pulled the plug on Wagner?

Has Russia pulled the plug on Wagner? Moscow is said to have stopped funding the mercenary group after its failed mutiny in June. So, where does that leave Moscow's interests worldwide? And what's the future of this private army?   Join Host Sami Zeidan  Guests: Patrick Bury - Defence and Security Specialist at the University of Bath.  Sergei Markov - Former Public Spokesman for President Vladimir Putin.  Stefan Wolff - Professor at the University of Birmingham.
8/14/202325 minutes, 19 seconds
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Is Ecuador succumbing to gang violence and organised crime?

Is Ecuador succumbing to gang violence and organised crime? The assassination of a presidential candidate shocked the Latin American country. The government blames drug cartels for the increase in violence. But what's being done to stop it?Join host Adrian Finighan. Guests: Manuela Picq - Professor at Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Javier Farje - Journalist and Latin American Affairs Analyst. Grace Jaramillo - Professor at the University of British Columbia. 
8/11/202324 minutes, 44 seconds
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How will the Ukraine war affect Poland's future?

Poland sends troops to the Belarus border - fearing threats from Russia via its neighbor. Warsaw's been central in helping Ukraine fight the war - but there's been tension too at times, just as with the EU. How will the Ukraine war affect Poland's future? Join host Sohail Rahman Guests: Liliana Smiech - President, Warsaw Institute.  Ben Aris - Founder and Editor-in-chief, BNE IntelliNews. Michal Baranowski - Managing Director, The German Marshall Fund East.    
8/10/202324 minutes, 42 seconds
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What's next after Niger's military coup?

Niger in crisis two weeks after a military coup - the generals in control ignoring international demands to reinstate President Mohamed Bazoum. So what's the future for the vast country and key Western ally? What could follow after Niger's political upheaval? Join host Adrian Finighan Guests: Idayat Hassan - Director of the Centre for Democracy and Development. Alexis Akwagyram - Managing Editor at Semafor Africa. Cameron Hudson - Senior Associate at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies.
8/9/202323 minutes, 33 seconds
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What's driving unrest in Ethiopia's Amhara region?

Unrest in Ethiopia's Amhara region where Fano rebels - who fought with government troops in Tigray two years ago - are now battling the army. So, what's driving this conflict? And how's the government addressing the region's long-simmering grievances? Join host Adrian Finighan Guests:  Kemal Hashi Mohamoud - Member of the Ethiopian Parliament.  Yohannes Woldemariam - Ethiopia Researcher specializing in the Horn of Africa.  Tewodrose Tirfe - Chairman and Founding Member of the Amhara Association of America.       
8/8/202324 minutes, 44 seconds
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Can South American nations find a common ground on the Amazon rainforest?

Eight South American nations meet in Brazil to forge a common policy on the Amazon rainforest. But there are deep divisions on oil exploration and deforestation and conflicting domestic interests. What will this summit achieve?  Join host Adrian Finighan. Carlos Peres - Professor of Tropical Conservation Ecology, University of East Anglia. Jan Rocha - A Freelance Journalist and Author.  Bram Ebus - Journalist and Research Coordinator at Amazon Underworld.
8/7/202322 minutes, 58 seconds
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Is the world's biggest economy in trouble?

Downgrading the credit rating of the United States. The White House lashes out at the 'flawed assessment' by Fitch Ratings. But what's worrying the financial experts? And is the world's biggest economy in trouble? Join host Sohail Rahman William Lee - Chief Economist, Milken Institute.  Einar Tangen - Senior Fellow, Taihe Institute.  Frances Coppola - Economist and Banking Commentator  
8/4/202325 minutes, 26 seconds
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Will there be peace in Colombia as ceasefire with rebels begins?

High hopes in Colombia as a six-month ceasefire with rebels begins. The ELN is the last remaining armed group operating in the country. But will this deal hold after others have failed? Join host Sohail Rahman. Guests: Jorge Restrepo - Director, Conflict Analysis Resource Center. Elizabeth Dickinson - Senior Analyst for Colombia, International Crisis Group.  Laura Bonilla - Deputy Director, Peace and Reconciliation Foundation.    
8/3/202324 minutes, 14 seconds
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New charges against Donald Trump, what do they mean for his presidential election campaign?

More criminal charges against Donald Trump - this time over the Capitol riots and efforts to overturn the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Despite all the indictments, he remains the front-runner to win the Republican nomination. So, what do the new charges mean for his ambitions to return to the White House - and for Americans? Join host Adrian Finighan  Guests: Adolfo Franco - Republican Party Strategist and former adviser to Senator John McCain Adam Kamenstein - Partner at law firm Adams, Duerk & Kamenstein  Rina Shah, a Political Strategist 
8/2/202323 minutes
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Will talks between the United States and the Taliban bring hope?

The Taliban and U.S. meet face-to-face as Afghanistan endures one of the world's worst humanitarian crises. Afghan funds in the West remain frozen while repression of women and rights abuses continue. Will the talks bring Afghans some hope?   Join host Adrian Finighan. Guests: Mahbouba Seraj - Executive Director of the Afghan Women Skills Development Center. Timor Sharan - Author of 'Inside Afghanistan: Political Networks, Informal Order, and State Disruption'.  Michael Semple - Visiting Research Professor at Queen’s University Belfast. 
8/1/202326 minutes, 17 seconds
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Why is France's relationship with Africa changing?

Resetting France's ties with Africa has been crucial to Emmanuel Macron's foreign policy. But, former colonies are now deciding what ties they want with Paris. So, how and why is France's relationship with Africa changing?  Join host Adrian Finighan Guests: Jacques Reland - Senior Research Fellow at the Global Policy Institute Anne Giudicelli - Political and Security Risks Consultant at Terrorisc Marisa Lourenco - an Independent Political and Economic Risk Analyst
7/31/202325 minutes, 12 seconds
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What can Russia offer to Africa?

What can Russia offer to Africa? President Vladimir Putin is hosting leaders from the continent, promising aid and lashing out at the West. But how much can he deliver with his country at war, under sanctions, and isolated? Join host Cyril Vanier Guests: Victor Olevich - Expert at Center for Actual Politics Eric Acha, Executive Director of the African Policy Forum Abdiwahab Sheikh Abdisamad - Chairman, Horn of Africa Institute for Strategic Studies
7/28/202325 minutes, 22 seconds
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What does the coup in Niger mean for democracy in West Africa?

Another coup in West Africa. Soldiers in Niger have seized power and removed the democratically elected president. What does it mean for the fight against armed groups in the Sahel? And how do recurrent military takeovers cripple democracy in Africa? Join host Sohail Rahman  Guests: Kabir Adamu - Managing Director of Beacon Consulting Nicholas Norbrook - Managing Editor of The Africa Report Magazine Alex Vines - Director of the Africa Programme at Chatham House.
7/27/202324 minutes, 38 seconds
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What is Ethiopia's plan to have access to a direct port?

The Ethiopian prime minister says his landlocked country will have direct port access. Abiy Ahmed wants to increase economic growth. But how far is he prepared to go? And what could Ethiopia’s neighbors offer? Join host Adrian Finighan Guests: Kemal Hashi Mohamoud - Member of the Ethiopian Parliament Martin Plaut - Journalist specializing in the Horn of Africa Kwaku Nuamah - Senior Lecturer at the American University
7/26/202325 minutes, 16 seconds
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Is Israel being torn apart by the far-right government's clampdown on judiciary's independence?

Israel's parliament approves a law to weaken the Supreme Court's power. Mass demonstrations by opponents who say it gives the far-right government unlimited control. Can it be overturned? And what's the impact on Palestinians suffering daily Israeli brutality? Join host Adrian Finighan Guests: Diana Buttu - Lawyer/Former legal adviser to the Palestine Liberation Organization Judy Maltz - Senior Correspondent for Haaretz newspaper Hassan Jabareen - Founder of Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel 
7/25/202324 minutes, 5 seconds
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What's behind Twitter's rebranding and what will users make of it?

All change at Twitter. Not just the ownership, but now the brand with the website's bird icon to make way for a simple X. But is it that simple?  What's behind owner Elon Musk's move  and what will users make of it?  Join host Adrian Finighan. Guests.  James Greenfield - Founder and Chief Executive of Koto Studio. Elaine Burke - Science and technology journalist/host of the podcast For Tech's Sake. Allyson Stewart-Allen - Chief Executive of International Marketing Partners. 
7/24/202325 minutes, 15 seconds
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Will Spain's government shift to the right?

Will Spain shift to the right? Its Socialist Prime Minister faces serious challenges in early elections. His party has lost in regional polls. So, will Pedro Sanchez be able to maintain power? And how's this being watched in the rest of Europe? Join host Sohail Rahman Guests: Jose Maria Beneyto - President at the Governance and Society Institute. Emily Schultheis - Former Fellow at the Institute of Current World Affairs Pablo Calderon Martinez -  Associate Professor in Politics and International Relations at Northeastern University.
7/21/202325 minutes, 6 seconds
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Is climate change or other factors causing heat waves, floods, and fires?

The northern hemisphere is witnessing unprecedented heat, floods, and fires. But is it all climate change, or are other factors at play? And what are the dangers of extreme heat, and how do we keep safe? Join host Nastasya Tay Guests: Catherine Gamper - Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. John Nairn - Senior Extreme Heat Adviser at the World Meteorological Organization. Dorothy Guererro - Head of Policy and Advocacy at Global Justice Now.
7/20/202325 minutes, 25 seconds
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What will Israel gain by recognizing Morocco's sovereignty over Western Sahara?

Israel says it recognizes Morocco's sovereignty over Western Sahara. It's an area also claimed by the armed group the POLISARIO front. What does this move mean for the long-running conflict in this region? And what will Israel get in return? Join host Sohail Rahman Guests Abdelmalek Alaoui - President of the Moroccan Institute of Strategic Intelligence. Yossi Mekelberg - Associate Fellow at Chatham House.  Mahjoub Mleiha, Advocacy Head of the Collective of Sahrawi Human Rights Defenders.    
7/19/202326 minutes, 7 seconds
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Why has Russia halted participation in Ukraine grain deal?

Russia halts participation in Ukraine grain deal. Kremlin says its conditions for extending the deal brokered by the UN and Turkey had yet to be fulfilled. But the president of Türkiye, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is hopeful it can be revived. So, how much politics is at play here  Join host Adrian Finighan. Guests: Andrey Baklanov - Former Russian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Helin Sari Ertem - Turkish Foreign Policy Specialist Rich Outen - Geopolitical consultant  
7/18/202323 minutes, 59 seconds
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Should richer nations help poorer ones deal with climate change?

As global temperatures break records, the U.S. and China's climate envoys meet in Beijing.  But political disputes have stopped talks between the world's top two polluters. So can they find common ground? And will developed nations help more vulnerable ones adapt to climate change?  Join Host Adrian Finighan 
7/17/202325 minutes, 9 seconds
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What's come out of the ASEAN regional forum in Jakarta?

Foreign ministers of the south-east Asian ASEAN bloc have met in Jakarta - and have been joined by top envoys from China, Russia, and the U.S. What brought the visitors from afar? Who's looking for what - and from whom?  Join host Emily Angwin  Guests: Ja Ian Chong - Associate Professor, National University of Singapore Shirley Yu - Senior Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics Einar Tangen - Senior Fellow, Taihe Institute 
7/14/202324 minutes, 44 seconds
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Can Egypt help end the war in Sudan?

Can Egypt help end the war in Sudan? Cairo is hosting a regional summit, but the warring sides are not there. So, can diplomacy work this time? And what's the fallout of this conflict on the region? Join host Mohammed Jamjoom Guests Sara Kira, Founder/Director of the European North African Center for Research. Giorgio Cafiero, CEO of Gulf State Analytics. Dallia Abdelmoniem, Political Commentator 
7/13/202324 minutes, 29 seconds
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As Iran's economy struggles, what can Africa offer?

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi is on an African tour, hoping to forge new alliances. As Iran's economy struggles under Western sanctions, what can Africa offer? And does Tehran have any influence on the continent? Join host Mohammed Jamjoom Guests: Ngala Chome - Senior Analyst at Sahan Research Ali Akbar Dareini - Researcher at the Center for Strategic Studies. Eric Lob - Associate Professor at Florida International University   
7/12/202324 minutes, 59 seconds
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Will NATO's annual summit change the geopolitical landscape in Europe?

Why did Turkiye change its mind about Sweden's NATO membership? At its annual summit, the alliance is set to expand as it faces new security challenges. So how will this change the geopolitical landscape in Europe? Join host Mohammed Jamjoom  Guests: Robert Hunter, Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO  Mats Engstrom, Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. Sinan Ulgen, Former Turkish diplomat 
7/11/202324 minutes, 24 seconds
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What exactly does the United States want from China?

The world is big enough for both the United States and China. The words of the U.S. Treasury Secretary during her visit to Beijing. But with the two superpowers continuously engaged in a trade war - what exactly does Washington want from China? Join host Adrian Finighan. Guests: Paul Triolo - Senior Vice President Albright Stonebridge Elizabeth Larus, Founder & President of E Larus Consulting Andy Mok, Senior Research Fellow, Center for China and Globalization
7/10/202324 minutes, 28 seconds
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What's next for hundreds of people kicked out of Tunisia?

Hundreds of people from several African countries have been ordered out of Tunisia but are barred entry to neighboring Libya. Many, including women and children, say they have no food, water, or shelter and rely on aid to survive. Why are they there - and what's next for them? Join host Mohammed Jamjoom. Guests Lauren Seibert - Human Rights Watch Researcher  Amine Snoussi -  Political Analyst and Specialist on Tunisian Politics.  Ahlam Chemlali - Ph.D. candidate at the Danish Institute for International Studies  
7/7/202325 minutes, 45 seconds
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Does Israel's recent assault on Jenin constitute a War Crime?

United Nations experts believe Israel's military assault against Palestinians in Jenin in the occupied West Bank may be a war crime. But what's behind this assessment? And will anyone face international justice?  Join host Mohammed Jamjoom. Guests: Nour Odeh - Political Analyst and Former Spokeswoman for Palestinian Task Force  Francesca Albanese - Special Rapporteur on human rights in Palestine  Geoffrey Robertson - Founding Head of Doughty Street Chambers 
7/6/202324 minutes, 21 seconds
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What challenges does the UK's National Health Service Face?

The UK's National Health Service turns 75. But the NHS is facing several challenges and a great deal of criticism. So, how did it get to this point? And how does this revolutionary health system compare with others in the West? Join host Cyril Vanier.  Guests Siva Anandaciva, Chief Analyst at The King's Fund - an independent UK health charity organisation Dr. Sonia Adesara, NHS doctor and campaigner Jamie Hale - CEO of Pathfinders Neuromuscular Alliance - a disabled-led organisation offering social support services.  
7/5/202324 minutes, 37 seconds
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Why is Senegal's president not running for a third term in office?

Senegal's president says he won't seek a controversial third term. It ended weeks of speculation. But what's behind Macky Sall's decision? And will it have an impact on other nations in the region? Join host Cyril Vanier. Guests Aliou Sow, Senegalese Minister of Culture and Historical Heritage Paul Melly, Consulting Fellow for the Africa Programme at Chatham House Ousmane Diallo, West and Central Africa Researcher at Amnesty International  
7/4/202326 minutes, 5 seconds
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Can Europe develop a space industry of its own?

They are exploring the dark universe. That's the mission of the Euclid space telescope. European scientists hope it'll solve some of the deepest mysteries of the cosmos. But for what purpose? And can Europe develop a space industry of its own? Join host Cyril Vanier Guests: Pierre Ferruit, Euclid Mission Manager at the European Space Agency.  Christopher Conselice, Professor of Extragalactic Astronomy at The University of Manchester Paul Taylor, Senior Fellow at the Friends of Europe think-tank.
7/3/202324 minutes, 56 seconds
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What's behind Israel's so-called automated apartheid?

Israel is under pressure to end the so-called automated apartheid. It's accused of using facial recognition technology to control Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. How much of a privacy breach is this? And does this technology really offer Israel greater security? Join host Adrian Finighan. Guests: Matt Mahmoudi - Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights adviser at Amnesty International.  Jalal Abukhater, - Writer and Community leader of Right to Movement. Ori Givati - Advocacy Director at Breaking The Silence.
6/30/202325 minutes, 1 second
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What's behind the police shooting protests in France?

A fatal police shooting of a teenager has triggered widespread protests in France, once again putting the use of excessive force by police - especially in ethnically diverse areas -  under the spotlight. So, how will the French government tackle this issue? Join host Folly Bah Thibault. Guests: Yasser Louati - Head of the Committee for Justice and Liberties.Rainbow Murray - Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London. Jacques de Maillard - Director of the Centre for Sociological Research on Law and Penal Institutions.
6/29/202324 minutes, 48 seconds
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How will the leaked tape on secret docs affect Trump's presidential race?

Media outlets in the United States have obtained an audio recording in which former president Donald Trump appears to acknowledge keeping classified documents after leaving office. So, just how damaging is this recording? And will it affect next year's presidential race?  Join host Folly Bah Thibault. Guests: John Malcolm - Former US Federal Prosecutor. Scott Lucas - Professor at the Clinton Institute, University College Dublin. Bruce Fein - Former US Associate Deputy Attorney General. 
6/28/202323 minutes, 39 seconds
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Are private armies a threat to the global order?

As Russia recovers from what it calls Wagner's rebellion, there's a new focus on private armies. They're used in many conflicts around the world. But how much of a threat are they to the global order? And can they be stopped? Join Host Sohail Rahman.  Guests Sean McFate,  former military contractor and author of 'The Modern Mercenary'. He is a professor at National Defense University. Sorcha MacLeod, member of the UN working group on use of mercenaries. She is an associate professor at the faculty of law and University of Copenhagen and researches international law and mercenaries. John Lechner, a Wagner Group expert with focus on conflict in Africa.
6/27/202324 minutes, 6 seconds
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Why is fighting in Sudan is once again intensifying?

Fighting in Sudan is once again intensifying. Several ceasefires have failed to stop the bloodshed, and the conflict has spread beyond Khartoum. So, what more can be done to bring peace? Especially by outside powers with influence. Join host Folly Bah Thibault  Guests: Kholood Khair, Founding Director at Confluence Advisory, a think-tank previously based in Khartoum. Hamid Khalafallah, Sudan Policy Researcher. Dallia Abdelmoniem, Political Commentator and former Journalist.      
6/26/202324 minutes, 16 seconds
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Why do people join secretive doomsday societies?

The bodies of more than 300 members of a Christian doomsday cult have now been unearthed in Kenya. They're believed to have starved themselves to death. Dozens more are still alive - but refusing to eat. About 5,000 such movements are estimated to exist worldwide. So why do people join these often-secretive societies, and what dangers might they face? Join host Folly Bah Thibault. Guests:  Shipeta Mathias - Rapid response officer at Haki Africa - a rights group that's supporting cult victims in Kenya Diane Benscoter – A former ‘Moonie’ – a religious movement and founder of Antidote - a non-profit that exposes the dangers of psychological manipulation. Linda Dubrow-Marshall - Clinical Psychologist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Salford.  
6/23/202324 minutes, 3 seconds
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Are commercial companies offering adventures contributing to science?

Commercial companies offering adventures to the ends of the Earth - and beyond - are attracting billions of dollars annually. Some of the dangers have been exposed by the plight of the five men onboard the Titan submersible that went missing. So are these multi-billion-dollar industries contributing to science? And are they a benefit to society? Join host Folly Bah Thibault. Guests: Victor Lund Shammas, Head of Department, Sociology and Social Work, University of Agder, Norway Elizabeth Pearson, Features Editor, Sky at Night Magazine. Space journalist
6/22/202326 minutes, 58 seconds
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What's at stake in Zimbabwe's upcoming elections?

What's being promised by the two leading candidates in Zimbabwe's upcoming elections? Unemployment, poverty, and high inflation will be a few of the core issues facing millions when they head to the polls. The two leading candidates are expected to be incumbent president Emmerson Mnangagwa and his younger rival - Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa. Will they deliver on the commitments they're making to voters? And what challenges will they face? Join host Tom McRae. Guests: Vince Musewe, Economist Piers Pigou, Head of the Southern Africa programme at the Institute for Security Studies, a South African think tank. Tendai Ruben Mbofana, Political analyst and social commentator.
6/21/202325 minutes, 1 second
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What's behind the rise in violence in the occupied West Bank?

At least six Palestinians were killed and dozens injured in Israel's hours-long attack on the Jenin refugee camp on Monday. This follows near-daily raids by Israeli forces across the occupied West Bank. So, what's behind this rise in violence? Join host Mohammed Jamjoom.  Guests: Yossi Beilin, former Israeli Minister of Justice and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs/former Israeli negotiator at the Oslo Peace Accords. Nour Odeh, Political analyst, columnist, and former spokesperson for the Palestinian Authority. Bill Law, Editor of Arab Digest and a former BBC Gulf and Middle East Journalist.  
6/20/202325 minutes, 5 seconds
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What will a potential G20 membership mean for India?

India's leader has suggested a full G20 membership for the African Union. Narendra Modi argues Africa should have a more prominent voice on the world stage. So, what's behind this call? And what will a potential G20 membership mean for the continent? Join host Mohammed Jamjoom.  Onyekachi Wambu, co-executive Director of the African Foundation for Development. Anusha Chari, professor of economics and finance at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Guido Cozzi, professor of macroeconomics at the University of St. Gallen.
6/19/202324 minutes, 34 seconds
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Why has Germany unveiled its first national security strategy now?

Germany unveils its first national security strategy. Berlin argues that geo-political events have triggered this move. But why now? And how is it being seen in Europe and beyond? Join host Mohammed Jamjoom. Guests: Ulrich Brueckner, Jean Monnet Professor for European Studies at Stanford University in Berlin. Wolfgang Pusztai, a senior adviser with the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy. Jorn Fleck,  senior director with the Atlantic Council's Europe Center. 
6/16/202324 minutes, 14 seconds
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Can India end the ethnic violence in the northeastern state of Manipur?

Ethnic violence has engulfed India's northeastern Manipur state since early May.  More than 100 people have been killed and thousands displaced. So can New Delhi bring peace to this often-overlooked part of the country? Join host Dareen Abughaida. Guests: Ngamjahao Kipgen, Associate Professor of Sociology, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati Bhagat Oinam, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University Subir Bhaumik, Journalist covering Northeast India        
6/15/202324 minutes, 56 seconds
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Will regulations by governments on AI stifle innovation?

It's described as a significant step towards setting a rulebook for artificial intelligence. European MPs passed a draft law to keep a check on risks posed by AI. The AI Act could serve as a framework for creating a global watchdog, but could it also suppress innovation? Join host Mohammed Jamjoom. Guests: Mark Simpson, CEO of Pillar.hr  Atoosa Kasirzadeh, Director of Research, Centre for Technomoral Futures, Futures Institute, University of Edinburgh David Krueger, Professor of Machine Learning and Computer Vision, University of Cambridge  
6/14/202324 minutes, 9 seconds
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Are migrants being used as political pawns in Tunisia?

Tunisian president reaches out to migrants months after launching a crackdown. Kais Saied hopes to clinch a one-billion-dollar EU bailout. And in return, stem the rising migration to Europe. Are migrants being used as political pawns?Join host Mohammed Jamjoom. Guests: Julien Hoez, European Union affairs analyst Yasmine Akrimi, North Africa research analyst at the Brussels International Centre  Tarek Kahlaoui, columnist and former director of the Tunisian Institute of Strategic Studies
6/13/202323 minutes, 44 seconds
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What is fueling a new wave of violence in Darfur?

Fighting in Sudan has led to a new wave of violence in Darfur. Thousands have fled to neighboring Chad - to escape attacks by militias. And there are fears this could re-ignite tribal tensions in the region. So, what is fueling this violence?  Join host Mohamed Jamjoom.  Guests: Maysoon Dahab, Assistant Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Abdelwahab El-Affendi, Professor of Politics, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies Hafiz Mohamed, Director of Justice Africa Sudan  
6/12/202324 minutes, 24 seconds
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What are governments doing to tackle Canada's wildfires?

Smoke from Canada's wildfires is choking millions of people along America's east coast. Global warming is to blame, and the impact of human-induced climate change has long been felt worldwide. So what are governments doing to tackle it? Join host Imran Khan. Guests: Dr. Maria Neira - Director of Public Health, Environment and Social Determinants of Health at WHO.  Emma Bud - A Clean Air Lawyer at Client Earth. Abhiir Bhalla -  Adviser to the Commonwealth Human Ecology Council board. 
6/9/202323 minutes, 38 seconds
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What are the challenges for EU ministers discussing rising migration?

Ministers from all EU states are working on how to deal with the tens of thousands of people seeking a better life in the bloc. But finding a consensus among all 27 members won't be easy. So, what are the challenges?  Join host Imran Khan.Guests:Ugochi Daniels - Deputy Director General for Operations at the International Organisation for Migration.Ferdinando Nelli Feroci - President of the Institute of International Affairs.Leila Bodeux - Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer at Caritas Europe.
6/8/202325 minutes, 42 seconds
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What's putting strains on American influence in the Middle East?

Once firm allies, now fragile partners. A visit by the United States’ top diplomat to Saudi Arabia is a lot more challenging than in the past. So, what’s putting strains on American influence in the Middle East? And can Antony Blinken mend its fraying ties? Join host Imran Khan. Guests: Abdulaziz Alghashian - Saudi affairs analyst. Hillary Mann Leverett - CEO of STRATEGA, a political risk consulting firm. Foad Izadi - Head of American Studies Department at Faculty of World Studies at the University of Tehran.
6/7/202323 minutes, 51 seconds
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Why is the situation worsening for Palestinians in need of aid?

International aid agencies say Palestinians in occupied territories are facing a deepening humanitarian crisis as they live under the continuous risk of Israeli attacks. So, why is their situation worsening? And what's the international response? Join host Nick Clark. Guests: Maha Hussaini - Award-winning journalist and strategy director at Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor.  Samer Abdeljaber - Palestine Country Director for the World Food Programme. Najla Shawa - Aid worker and mother of two children living in Gaza. 
6/6/202324 minutes, 33 seconds
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Is the war in Ukraine entering a critical stage?