Ban, find, inspect and destroy. That's the four-step plan Russia is proposing to strip the Syrian regime of one of the world's largest chemical weapons arsenals - and avert a US military strike. But amid a chaotic civil war, it would be tough - if not impossible - for UN inspectors to dismantle Syria’s stockpile. For a closer look at what disarmament entails, Douglas Herbert speaks to Camille Grand, Director of the Foundation for Strategic Research.
Russia’s proposal to put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control has raised hopes for a diplomatic solution. Barack Obama has indeed postponed US military strikes against Syria in order to give talks a new chance. But our guest, Free Syrian Army’s spokesman Louay Al-Mokdad, thinks Moscow’s suggestion is "just a new trick" to buy Assad more time. He tells Douglas Herbert why.
Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe is in Paris as part of a five-day official visit to Belgium and France. He hopes to raise funds and attract new investments to support Haiti’s reconstruction and development. More than three years after the earthquake that killed 250,000 people and severely damaged the country’s infrastructure, thousands of people still live in makeshift camps.
Two months after Egypt’s military ousted the country’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, the new government’s crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood shows few signs of easing. Yasmine Farouk, a political science teacher at Cairo University and former adviser to two governments since Egypt’s 2011 revolution, talks to Douglas Herbert about the potential risks of throwing all the Islamist leaders in jail.
In 2014, NATO and US troops will end combat operations in Afghanistan, leaving Kabul to write the next chapter in its history alone. As the Taliban have not been defeated, the government will have to find some sort of way to impose stability without Hamid Karzai, who is barred from running in the next presidential election. To discuss the country’s future, Cyril Vanier talks to Zalmai Rassoul, the Afghan Foreign Minister.