It's the end of the world as we know it. Or so says Gérard Chaliand, an author and specialist on international conflicts. But there's no need to worry. While China may be rising, and the West declining, the new global order is still a work in progress.
Douglas Herbert speaks to Yezid Sayigh, a Senior Associate with the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. They discuss Syria’s National Coalition, the umbrella opposition group which claims to represent civilians and rebel fighters on the ground in Syria. But Yezid Sayigh explains there’s still a big gap between those claims and the reality.
Last month, Barack Obama renewed his pledge to close the controversial prison camp at Guantanamo Bay. However, he still faces stiff resistance from the US Congress. He is also under fire for a leaked Justice Department memo justifying targeted killings in Pakistan. To discuss these issues, Douglas Herbert speaks to Eugene R. Fidell, the co-founder of the National Institute of Military Justice, and a visiting lecturer at Yale Law School.
Marc Perelman meets Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou, on the same day that an attempted suicide bombing targeted soldiers from Niger in Menaka, eastern Mali. He expresses his concern about the Islamist fighters’ military strength and says the forthcoming UN peacekeeping mission in Mali should have a mandate to go on the offensive.
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.