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.
ISIS stands accused of violating women's rights and carrying out sexual assaults in Iraq and Syria. But the Kurdish Peshmerga battling the militants actually boasts many female fighters. Diana Nammi was once among their number and has since founded the Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation. She recalls her time on the front lines and her fears for women under ISIS rule.
As new Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrives for talks in Tehran, we examine why their conversations deserve a wide audience. Becky Anderson hosts a debate between Iranian political analyst Mohammad Ali Shabani and Dubai-based political negotiator Ali Khedery, covering anti-Shia violence in Iraq, the impact of ISIS, proxy diplomacy with Washington and the elephant in the room as negotiations continue – Saudi Arabia.
Three years ago today, Colonel Moammar Gadhafi was killed. If his death was supposed to herald a positive new, democratic dawn for Libya, that hasn't materialized. If anything, the country has only taken a turn for the worse.
Two years ago last month, U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens was killed in the most publicized act of violence since Gadhafi's fall. His successor Deborah Jones – who has been forced to vacate Tripoli in light of the recent security meltdown – talks to CNN's Becky Anderson about why the international community has turned its back on a country it fought to liberate – and where Libya goes from here.
European Health Commissioner Tonio Borg says that, while something clearly went wrong in Spain, the country should not be criticized for the continent's first homegrown Ebola case. And speaking to Becky Anderson from Brussels, he added that the answer to protecting the continent is not banning flights from affected countries in West Africa. Borg says Europe has a crucial role to play in supplying humanitarian assistance to the nations at the heart of the outbreak.
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