Inside Story

By Al Jazeera English

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Al Jazeera journalists and guests dissect and discuss the day’s top story.
411 episodes · since Sep, 2016
Donald Trump called off much-awaited talks with Jong-un scheduled for next month in Singapore. North Korea said Trump's decision was 'extremely regrettable', a sentiment echoed worldwide, as a missed opportunity for peace. The US President called it a 'sad moment of history'. He blamed Pyongyang's anger and open hostility for the cancellation. But both aren't ruling out a change of mind sometime in the future. The north's Vice Foreign Minister said that they are willing to meet any time to resolve any issues. So what happens to the North's nuclear weapons now? Presenter: Elizabeth Puranam Guests: Mintaro Oba - Former US State Department diplomat specialising in North Korea Ra Mson - Lecturer in International Relations and Japanese Foreign Policy, University of East Anglia Se-Woong Ko - Dormer Korean Studies Lecturer, Yale University - Subscribe to our channel: - Follow us on Twitter: - Find us on Facebook: - Check our website:
May 24, 2018
The overwhelming YES vote to merge FATA - or Federally Administered Tribal Areas - with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province will eventually end FATA's semi-autonomous status. It is on the border with Afghanistan and was a known safe haven for armed groups, including Al Qaeda and Taliban during the US war on terror. It’s an area that’s been difficult to govern for centuries. Islamabad feels the move to merge the two areas will help in what it calls its fight against terror. But not everyone is convinced. Presenter: Elizabeth Puranam Guests: Hassan Khan, political analyst Mushtaq Rahim, regional security specialist Matten Haider, political commentator and professor at National University of Modern Languages. - Subscribe to our channel: - Follow us on Twitter: - Find us on Facebook: - Check our website:
May 23, 2018
It is the ninth Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo in four decades. Dozens of people have died in the past two weeks. An experimental vaccine campaign began on Monday in a bid to contain the virus. But it is already spread to Mbandaka city, a major transport hub on the River Congo. And there are fears it could reach the capital Kinshasa before crossing the border. Nine countries have been put on alert. Presenter: Elizabeth Puranam Guests Sterghio Moschos, molecular biologist and a geneticist at Northumbria University Hakon Bolkan, researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology
May 22, 2018
Mike Pompeo has outlined America's tough new policy on Iran in his first major speech since becoming Secretary of State. Tensions between the two countries grew considerably when President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the 2015 Iran Nuclear deal. But Pompeo’s hard-line stance goes far beyond the nuclear issue, although he did threaten that America was ready to respond if Iran resumed its nuclear activities, refusing to elaborate. The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani dismissed Pompeo's demands saying the world would no longer blindly follow America's lead. One senior Iranian official said Pompeo's remarks showed the U.S. was seeking regime change in Iran. Presenter: Elizabeth Puranam Guests: Michelle Dunne, senior Associate at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Mohamed Marandi, head of American Studies Post-Grad Program at the University of Tehran Ali Vaez, director of Iran project at the International Crisis Group. - Subscribe to our channel: - Follow us on Twitter: - Find us on Facebook: - Check our website:
May 21, 2018
It has been four years since the ruling Pheu Thai party was removed from power in Thailand in a military coup. But the crackdown on its members continues with a number of them now charged for breaking a ban on political activity. They streamed a news conference live on facebook, criticising the country's rulers and campaigned for the Junta to hold a general election. The government now says the country will go to the polls in February. But what hope is there for democracy in Thailand? Presenter: Elizabeth Puranam Guests: Sean Boonpracong, former national security adviser for the deposed prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra Michael Montesano, coordinator of Thailand Studies Programme at Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore David Streckfuss, historian and author of: Truth on Trial in Thailand: Defamation, Treason, and Lese-Majeste - Subscribe to our channel: - Follow us on Twitter: - Find us on Facebook: - Check our website:
May 21, 2018
Taliban was ousted from power in 2001…following the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan...but the group didn't go away. Instead it’s been making territorial gains. As of last November the government could only claim to have control or influence in fewer than 60 percent of districts. Afghan president Ashraf Ghani offered Taliban unconditional talks in February, but the group responded by intensifying its attacks, and launched its spring offensive last month. After almost two decades of fighting, is there a solution? Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra Guests Habib Wardak, national security analyst Omar Samad, former senior adviser to Chief Executive of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah Michael Semple, former deputy EU Special Representative to Afghanistan - Subscribe to our channel: - Follow us on Twitter: - Find us on Facebook: - Check our website:
May 19, 2018
A threat to the world. That's how U.S. president Donald Trump's administration is describing Iran's government. The State Department has announced plans to form an international coalition to counter what it calls Iran's destabilising influence. But it's not clear what shape this coalition will take or whether if it involves any type of military component. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to give further details in his first foreign policy address on Monday. So, what will this mean for Iran and the region? Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom Guests: Mohamad Ansarifar - Political Analyst. Hillary Mann Leverett - Former U.S. Diplomat and negotiator with Iran. Mahjoob Zweiri - Professor of Middle East Politics & Iran at Qatar University. - Subscribe to our channel: - Follow us on Twitter: - Find us on Facebook: - Check our website:
May 18, 2018
Their aim is to send a message of solidarity to the Palestinian people - and to focus on their suffering. Leaders of the Muslim world met in Turkey for an extraordinary summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. The meeting in Istanbul coincided with the Arab League calling for international criminal investigation into the killing of dozens of Palestinians by Israeli soldiers in Gaza. OIC representatives from more than 50 Muslim-majority nations were at the Turkey summit. Despite the sense of unity, many Palestinians don't fully embrace the support. Their levels of frustration have risen yet again; believing Arab leaders are not doing enough to confront Israel and the United States. Are they right? Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom. Guests: Ibrahim Fraihat - Associate Professor in international conflict resolution, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies. Ahmed Al-Burai - Columnist & Middle East Political Commentator. Khalil Jahshan - Executive Director, Arab Centre Washington DC, Former Middle East Analyst at Pepperdine University. - Subscribe to our channel: - Follow us on Twitter: - Find us on Facebook: - Check our website:
May 17, 2018
The preliminary results are in, but it could take weeks before official winners are announced in Iraq's parliamentary election. That delay has some political leaders claiming fraud and urging the Election Commission to have a recount. Last Saturday's vote was the first since Iraqi forces defeated ISIL in 2017. But one political headline from the poll is raising eyebrows in the United States and Iran. The coalition led by controversial Shia Muslim leader Muqtada al-Sadr is emerging as the frontrunner in many of the country's provinces. His victory could complicate Iraq's relations with Washington and Tehran. So how will Sadr shape Iraq's future? Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom. Guests: Judit Neurink - Author of "The War of ISIS: On the Road to the Caliphate" Renad Mansour - Fellow at Chatham House for Middle East and North Africa Region. Renad is also research fellow at the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani. Zaid Al-Ali - author of "The Struggle for Iraq's Future" and former adviser to the UN on Iraq. - Subscribe to our channel: - Follow us on Twitter: - Find us on Facebook: - Check our website:
May 16, 2018
He's describing it as a new dawn for Malaysia. Anwar Ibrahim has walked free from prison thanks to a royal pardon and the help of the man who sacked and jailed him 20 years ago. Mahathir Mohamad was re-elected last week as the world's oldest prime minister. And the 92 year old is choosing Anwar - his former deputy before they became politcal enemies - as his replacement in the next couple of years. The royal pardon allows him to return to politics after serving three of a five year prison sentence for sodomy and corruption, charges he says were a political smear. So why are they cooperating now? And what does it all mean for Malaysia? Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra Guests: Chin-Huat Wong - Political scientist, Penang Institute Clare Rewcastle Brown - Founder, Sarawak Report Sophie Lemiere - Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University - Subscribe to our channel: - Follow us on Twitter: - Find us on Facebook: - Check our website:
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