One year after Vladimir Putin's return to the Kremlin as president, mutual disdain between Russia and the West is often on public display. To discuss their relationship, Douglas Herbert speaks to Kadri Liik, a Senior Policy Fellow with the European Council on Foreign Affairs.
Melissa Bell speaks to Imad Mesdoua, a political analyst with Pasco Risk Management specialising in the Middle East and North Africa. They discuss France's military intervention in Mali and the latest threats from Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb to carry out attacks on French interests.
The number of Syrian refugees has now topped 1.4 million. Most of them have fled to neighbouring Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq. But these host countries are struggling to cope with the influx of refugees. Life in the camps is getting worse and cities are reaching capacity limits, with lack of shelter, poor sanitation and overcrowded healthcare facilities.
The relationship between Iran and Israel has been strained for decades. With Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s hostility towards Israel and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s threats of attacking Iran, mistrust has deeply plagued the once close relationship. But could the two apparent adversaries really be natural born allies?
Nearly a year after his election, many people who voted for French President François Hollande are disappointed. And, increasingly, the radical left led by Jean-Luc Mélenchon seems an attractive alternative. Sean Rose speaks to Sophie Heine, lecturer at Queen Mary University of London, about current left-wing ideology.