Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.
Arab affairs analyst H.A. Hellyer talks to CNN's Becky Anderson about recent subsidy cuts in Egypt and challenges facing President Sisi.
There's a lot of expectation on the shoulders of Narendra Modi as he is sworn in as Prime Minister of India this Monday. Becky Anderson was in New Delhi as the extent of his election victory was revealed. Here she examines the traits and policies that propelled Modi to the top job – and the criteria by which he'll be judged as he assumes the role.
We're just days away from learning the results of the world's biggest ever exercise in democracy. 815 million Indians were eligible to vote in an election process lasting five weeks. And for those who turned out, money clearly matters.
India was once mentioned in the same breath as China in terms of economic growth. But that growth has diminished in recent years and GDP per capita is now just a quarter that of its northern neighbor.
Many Indians feel that the leadership of BJP candidate Nardendra Modi will encourage new growth. His record in the state of Gujarat has far exceeded the national average. And support is now coming in the significant form of industrialist Gopichand Hinduja.
Just this weekend India-born Gopichand and his brother Srichand Hinduja were named Britain's leading billionaires by the Sunday Times. Speaking exclusively to CNN about the impending election result and its repercussions, Gopichand says that a Modi majority can help to bring stability and economic confidence to the world's most populous democracy.
Tuesday's edition of Connect the World with Becky Anderson was broadcast live from downtown Dubai. Our backdrop was the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. And just before the show, Becky explored the structure that best symbolizes the very literal rise of Dubai.
While the world waits to see how the political uncertainty in Ukraine will play out, Becky spoke with Ian Bremmer about the possible outcomes. Bremmer is the President of Eurasia Group, a political risk consultancy.
Becky asked Bremmer about the ongoing influence of Russia in determining Ukraine's future. He said it remains strong, despite the recent ouster of Kremlin-friendly leader Viktor Yanukovych.
"You and I are talking about Ukraine today," Bremmer said. "In six months, we won't be, but the Russians will still be there and their ability to close this place down to everybody but Russia is pretty significant."
With unrest festering in eastern regions of Ukraine, Becky and Bremmer also discussed the possibility of separation within the country. He said it's not very plausible in the near term, but could be a concern in the medium term – especially as international actors are likely to grow weary of Ukraine's new leadership.
"There's a reason why the Europeans and the Americans didn't bother to give these guys any money until after a hundred Ukrainians were dead," Bremmer said. "And it's because they were saying 'we don't want to work with these folks, they're not going to reform, they're not going to engage.' That doesn't change miraculously just because they've been in the news for a week."
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