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Originally broadcase on the 5th November 2008

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HARDtalk Special – Stephen Sackur hosts a discussion on the escalating conflict in eastern Congo – how can it be resolved?

Interview highlights the difficulty in discussing a conflict occurring 4000 miles away. Also noted little mention of the Chinese hand in things. Comments as always welcomed.

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Originally broadcast on the 29th October 2008

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Stephen Sackur talks to David Rothkopf & Jonathan Aitken about the growing power of the global elite. Whilst this was an interesting interview I felt that the proposition Rothkopf was putting forward in respect of the so called Superclass was not particularly in-depth. I thought that Aitken being the consumate politician (albeit one who fell from grace) easily articulated problems with this thesis. Though the dynamic was good between the three I prefer the traditional one-on-one interview style. Comments as always welcomed.

Wajid Shamsul Hasan

October 28, 2008

Originally broadcast on the 22nd October 2008.

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In a HARDtalk programme broadcast on 22nd October, Stephen Sackur talks to Pakistan’s envoy to the UK, H.E. Wajid Shamsul Hasan. With a lot of international focus on Pakistan and with the volatility of the region causing headaches in geo-politically important cities around the world, this is a great interview with the opportunity to understand something of the complexity of Pakistani politics and the difficulty in toeing the diplomatic line.  Comments as always welcomed.


Gary Bauer

October 28, 2008

Originally broadcast on the 16th October.

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In a HARDtalk programme broadcast on 16th October, Stephen Sackur talks to the President of American Values, Gary Bauer.
Thought this interview was interesting though I have little time for the politics of Mr Bauer. Seemed unwilling to really consider the questions in any depth other than bat them away as best he could with standard arguments. Not a classic Hardtalk but interesting none the less. Comments welcomed.

Originally broadcast on the 24th March 2008.

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Stephen Sackur talks to Wu Jianmin, spokesman for the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conferrence. Presently Wu Jianmin is President of the China Foreign Affairs University. Interesting to watch this interview given it was filmed in the run up to the Olympics. Now the event has taken place there is a nice juxtaposition with what was envisaged and what actually took place and how the world reacted.

Originally broadcast on the 20th November 2007.

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Danny Yatom was the head of Israel’s intelligence agency, Mossad, from 1996 to 1998. The interview ties in nicely with the previous interview with Khaled Meshaal as Yatom gave the order to assassinate Meshaal whilst Director of Mossad. In this interview Zeinab Badawi took the reins. Mr Yatom was unsuprisingly, given his previous employment role, calm and collected throughout. This interview highlights the reality of international politics and the fact that there is always more than one side to a story – not two, but infinite sides. As always comments welcomed.


Originally broadcast on the 19th April 2004.

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In a rate interview on 19th April, Tim Sebastian flew to Beirut to talk to Khaled Meshaal, the overall leader of Hamas. The interview was recorded before the death of his colleague, Abdelaziz Rantissi. This interview was conducted in an undisclosed location in Beirut under intense security.

This was a truly historic interview and the tension is palpable. Tim Sebastian does his best with Meshaal and it would be flippant to expect anything more than the answers gave. Anyone interested in International Politics shall understand the groundwork that must have gone into this taking place. I think it says alot about the worldwide reputation of the BBC as a purveyor of journalism. Again, I wonder at the thinking behind going on this programme for Meshaal. I wonder also about the old policy in Britain of not allowing the IRA to be shown or heard of television. Is it a good idea to give publicity to things we find abhorrent. As always comments are welcomed.

Originally broadcast on the 2nd June 2008.

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In a HARDtalk interview shown on 2nd June 2008, Stephen Sackur talks to Robert Kagan, foreign policy adviser to John McCain. This ties in nicely with the recent interview with Bill Kristol. Comments as always welcomed.

Originally broadcast on the 5th June 2007.

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The wife of the murdered Russian journalist Alexander Litvinenko and his close friend Alex Goldfarb discuss the events surrounding his death. The contrast between Lugovoi and Litvinenko are striking.

 

Originally broadcast on the 21st February 2008

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In a HARDtalk interview first broadcast on 21 February 2008, Stephen Sackur talks to the Russian Duma MP and prime suspect in the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, Andrei Lugovoi. For cross reference the interview with Mrs Litvinenko follows. Interview interesting and makes me wonder what Mr Lugovoi had to gain in coming on this programme. Thoughts as always welcomed.