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The Inside Story Podcast -- where we dissect, analyse and help define major global stories.
3 hours ago
What will it take to help Haiti?
A gang in Haiti has kidnapped 17 American and Canadian missionaries, and is now demanding millions in ransom – the latest example of the increasing chaos in one of the world's poorest countries. So, will international aid be needed, again, to return it to stability? Join host Mohammed Jamjoom. Guests: Eugenia Charles - Executive Director, Fondasyon Mapou. Francois Guillaume II - Ambassador of Haiti in Qatar. Jake Johnston - Senior Research Associate, Center for Economic and Policy Research.
1 day ago
Are NATO and Russia on a collision course?
The tense relationship between Russia and NATO has hit its lowest point since the end of the Cold War. Moscow is breaking ties with the alliance after accusations of spying. So, is Russia on a collision course with NATO? Join host Hashem Ahelbarra. Guests: Dmitry Babich - Political Analyst at Rossiya Sevodnya. Theresa Fallon - Director of the Centre for Russia Europe Asia Studies. Glenn Diesen - Professor at the University of South-Eastern Norway.
2 days ago
Is Sudan's democratic transition in crisis?
Sudan's transition to democracy appears to be failing. Protesters want the army to take over but others say the only way forward is for civilians to run the country. Is there a way out of the crisis? Join host Peter Dobbie. Guests: Mubarak Ardol - Chair of the Political Bureau for the Democratic Alliance for Social Justice. Waleed Madibo - President of the Sudan Policy Forum. Hajooj Kuka - Member of Girifna, a non-violent resistance movement.
5 days ago
What's behind the violence in Lebanon's capital?
Lebanon's capital saw its worst street violence in more than a decade. What started as a protest over an investigation into last year's Beirut port blast became a gunfight. Could this trigger more chaos in a country already on the brink of ruin? Join host Imran Khan. Guest: Sami Nader, Director of the Levant Institute for Strategic Affairs. Rami Khouri, Director of Global Engagement at the American University of Beirut. Jessica Obeid, Activist and independent energy policy consultant.
6 days ago
What's causing the global supply crunch?
Many products are in short supply around the world, even turkeys for Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners. So, what's causing the supply crunch? And are we about to pay more? Join host Imran Khan. Guests: Jas Kalra, Assistant Professor in Supply Chain Management at Newcastle University Business School. Dan Wang, Chief Economist at Hang Seng Bank China. Stavros Karamperidis, Head of the Maritime Transport Research Group at the University of Plymouth.
Oct 13, 2021
Why are the UK and EU arguing over Northern Ireland?
When the UK left the European Union, both sides agreed that Northern Ireland would avoid a hard border with the Republic of Ireland, which is an EU member. Britain now wants a new deal, which the EU is offering, but with compromise. So, what's the dispute about? Join host Peter Dobbie. Guests: Owen Reidy, Assistant General Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. Nicholas Whyte, Senior Director in Brussels for APCO Worldwide. Graham Gudgin, Research Associate at the University of Cambridge.
Oct 12, 2021
What will COP26 achieve?
World leaders will gather in Glasgow for the COP26 climate change conference but what will they achieve? We've not reached one of the goals set 10 years ago to protect the planet's diverse wildlife. So, what now? Join host Peter Dobbie. Guests: Gavin Edwards, Global Coordinator of WWF International. Nancy Githaiga, Kenya Country Director of African Wildlife Foundation. Stephan Singer, Senior Policy Advisor of Climate Action Network International.
Oct 11, 2021
Could Poland exit the EU?
Poland's constitutional court rejects one of the European Union's core principles: its laws override those of the 27 member states. So, could Poland follow Britain's lead and leave the bloc? Join host Adrian Finighan. Guests: Michal Wawrykiewicz, Lawyer and co-founder of the #FreeCourts Initiative. Ulrich Brueckner, Political Analyst and Professor of Political Science. Pieter Cleppe, Lawyer and Editor of Brussels Report.eu
Oct 8, 2021
What's behind the tension between Mali and France?
There's a growing row between Mali and France. Bamako has accused Paris of abandonment as it has reduced its military involvement in the fight against armed groups in the Sahel region. Now, mercenaries from Russian Wagner security firm are expected to replace the French troops in a move that has made many nervous. So, what are the risks? Join host Adrian Finighan. With guests, Chief Strategy Officer at Rasmussen Global Fabrice Pothier, security analyst at Afripolitika Ovigwe Eguegu, and Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations Andrew Lebovich.
Oct 7, 2021
Will the new malaria vaccine be affordable?
As the world focusses on COVID-19 vaccines, there's been a breakthrough in the fight against one of the biggest killers of children in Africa.The World Health Organization has approved a Malaria vaccine. But will it be affordable? Join host Kamahl Santamaria. With guests, W.H.O. Regional Adviser for Tropical and Vector borne Diseases Akpaka Kalu, Board Member of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance Helen Rees, and Research Scientist for African Population and Health Research Center Abdhalah Ziraba
Oct 6, 2021
What's fuelling Europe's energy crisis?
If you're in Europe, you may have been shocked lately by expensive power bills. Natural gas now costs six times more than at the start of the year. High energy prices have triggered protests in the EU. There are even claims that the bloc's main gas supplier, Russia, is deliberately withholding stock as winter approaches. So what's causing the power crunch? And how will it affect the EU's plans to cut carbon emissions and switch to renewable energy? Join host Darren Jordon. With guests, economist and CEO of Meyer Resources Cornelia Meyer, Professor of Public Policy at University of Erfurt Andreas Goldthau, and Greenpeace EU climate and energy campaigner Silvia Pastorelli.
Oct 5, 2021
Has Facebook become too big to face proper scrutiny?
For nearly seven hours on Monday, billions of people around the world couldn't use Facebook, Instagram or WhatsApp to communicate. Facebook blamed a technical glitch for one of its worst outages in years. What does this say about our reliance on social media? And has Facebook become too big and powerful to face proper scrutiny? Join host Adrian Finighan. With guests, Europe Legislative Manager and Global Data Protection Lead at AccessNow Estelle Massé, Founder of Internet monitoring organization NetBlocks Alp Toker, and Assistant Professor in Private Law at Maastricht University Catalina Goanta.
Oct 4, 2021
What's behind France and Algeria's diplomatic row?
Algeria is very angry at Emmanuel Macron. The French President has reportedly questioned the existence of an Algerian nation before his country colonized this North African country. Macron also lashed out at the current political system in Algeria, describing it as tired and weakened by the angry popular movement in recent years. What's behind Macron's controversial remarks? And why now? Join host Imran Khan. With guests, Deputy director of Foundation for Strategic Research Bruno Tertrais, Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Qatar University Youcef Bouandel, and Journalist and Author Adama Gaye.
Oct 1, 2021
Will civilian-military partnership in Sudan fall apart?
A split is widening between Sudan's military and civilian leaders. Their deal to share power is supposed to run until 2023 and lead to elections. But after last week's attempted coup, the question is, where does this leave the transitional period? Join host Sami Zeidan. Guests: Salah Eddine Elzein, an expert on Sudan and former director of Al Jazeera Centre for Studies. Alex De Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation and former member of the African Union Mediation Team for Darfur, Sudan.
Sep 30, 2021
Will Japan's next prime minister succeed?
Fumio Kishida is a former Japanese top diplomat. Now, he's set to become prime minister. He's been seen as a safe choice for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party as it faces general elections in November. Kishida has pledged to counter China's growing influence, and promised to narrow Japan's income inequality gap. But will he succeed? Join host Sami Zeidan. With guests, Professor of Political Science at Musashino University Donna Weeks, Professor of Management at the University of Shizuoka Seijiro Takeshita, and Professor of International Studies at Kyoritsu Women’s University Craig Mark.
Sep 29, 2021
Why is the long-running dispute between Kosovo and Serbia escalating?
It's been 21 years since the end of the Kosovo war in Europe's Western Balkans. But tension between Kosovo and Serbia have reignited recently over car licence plates, with both sides deploying soldiers and special police to the border. So why is their long-running dispute escalating now? Join host Imran Khan. With guests, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia Zarko Korac, Senior Associate Bodo Weber, and EU Policy Analyst Pieter Cleppe.
Sep 28, 2021
What's the truth behind the UK's fuel crisis?
A severe shortage of truck drivers to bring petrol to the pumps in the United Kingdom means one of world's richest nations is stuck in a fuel crisis. Is Brexit to blame? And has the issue exposed wider problems within the trucking industry? Join host Imran Khan. With guests, Truck driver and Editor of Truck and Driver Magazine Dougie Rankine, Chief Economic Adviser Vicky Pryce and Senior Lecturer on Procurement and Supply Chain Management Temidayo Akenroye.
Sep 27, 2021
Could the birthplace of the Arab Spring return to absolute, one-man rule?
Thousands of Tunisians have protested again against the President. Kais Saied seized power in July, sacked the prime minister and suspended parliament. He is now ruling by decree and ignoring parts of the constitution. Join host Imran Khan. With guests, Independent politician Amel Azzouz, Professor of Media and Communication at Qatar University Noureddine Miladi and Lawyer & Political activist Riadh Guerfali.