Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.
As Palestinians mark the tenth anniversary of Yasser Arafat's death, Becky Anderson hears from two men who worked with him: former State Department adviser Aaron David Miller and long-term unofficial adviser to the Palestinian figurehead, Mark Perry. The pair talk to Becky about Arafat's influence on the peace process, and discuss what he would make of current rifts between Fatah and Hamas, as well as the ongoing standoff with Israel.
They're the people who've made the most headlines throughout a pivotal year for the Middle East. CNN's Connect the World with Becky Anderson wants to know who you think made the biggest difference to the region in 2014. Watch this video to find out more about the candidates and click here to place your votes.
In recent years, the emirate of Sharjah may have been overshadowed by the rise of its southern neighbors Dubai and Abu Dhabi. But 2014 is Sharjah's year in the limelight. It's been honored as the Capital of Islamic Culture and its rich history and artistic offerings are coming to the fore. As part of Connect the World's "Live From..." month on the road, Becky Anderson enjoys a tour of Sharjah's little-known treasures with Sultan Al Qassemi.
This week is seeing a flurry of diplomatic activity on the part of once-ostracized Iran. President Rouhani is in Ankara talking trade while members of his government are talking nuclear compromise with the U.S. in Geneva. CNN's Becky Anderson asks Reza Marashi of the National Iranian American Council what's going on behind the scenes.
The leader of the Catholic Church made quite a splash – and no shortage of headlines – with his recent Middle East visit. Becky was there as Pope Francis carefully straddled the Israeli-Palestinian divide and attempted to stimulate reconciliation where countless politicians before him have failed. Here are her thoughts on the pontiff's historic trip.