World Weekly with Gideon Rachman
  • Obama's rapprochement with Cuba: how far can it go? Apr 16, 2015 - 6:34 pm
  • Gideon Rachman is joined by Geoff Dyer and John Paul Rathbone to discuss the rapprochement between Obama's America and Castro's Cuba. How far can it go and what are the international implications?
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  • Iran and Saudi Arabia wage proxy war in Yemen Apr 09, 2015 - 4:49 pm
  • Ben Hall is joined by Roula Khalaf and Najmeh Bozorgmehr to discuss the civil war in Yemen, and the growing hostility between Iran and Saudi Arabia, who are backing different sides in the conflict.
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  • Rush to join China-led bank embarrasses Washington Apr 01, 2015 - 7:20 pm
  • It seems odd that an international bank for building roads and airports in Asia should become a yardstick for the rise of China as a global power and of the relative decline of the US. But that is what Beijing appears to achieved with its Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank. Some of Washington's closest allies have signed up even though it had lobbied furiously to dissuade them from doing so. Ben Hall discusses the development with Alan Beattie and Ed Luce.
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  • Can the Iran nuclear talks succeed? Mar 25, 2015 - 6:48 pm
  • Gideon Rachman is joined by Roula Khalaf and Sam Jones to discuss the controversial international talks on Iran's nuclear programme. What kind of a deal is on the table and can the talks succeed?
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  • Brazil president's troubles multiply Mar 18, 2015 - 5:54 pm
  • The popularity of Brazil's president Dilma Roussef has plummeted only months after she was re-elected in the face of a floundering economy, mass street protests and a corruption scandal. Gideon Rachman discusses what went wrong with Jonathan Wheatley and Samantha Pearson.
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  • Israel's knife edge general election Mar 12, 2015 - 3:49 pm
  • Isaac Herzog's centre left Zionist Union has overtaken Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party in the polls, signalling that Israel's electorate, which appeared to be veering ever more to the right in recent years with security concerns taking priority, are tilting to the left on the back of economic concerns.
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  • Who killed Boris Nemtsov? Mar 04, 2015 - 6:12 pm
  • Gideon Rachman is joined by Kathrin Hille and John Thornhill to discuss the murder of Russian opposition activist Boris Nemtsov. How has his death been handled by the Kremlin and the Russian media and to what extent is the prevailing atmosphere of war psychosis to blame?
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  • Presidential poll puts Nigeria to the test Feb 25, 2015 - 4:19 pm
  • Nigeria's presidential election next month is the closest contest since the end of military rule in 1999 and is taking place against a worrying backdrop of civil conflict and economic trouble. Gideon Rachman is joined by Tom Burgis and William Wallis to discuss whether the country can hold together.
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  • How strong is the Islamic State? Feb 18, 2015 - 7:07 pm
  • Islamist terrorists have grabbed headlines in the Arab world with horrific atrocities, but there are signs their influence may be on the wane. Gideon Rachman discusses the extent of their power with Borzou Daragahi and David Gardner.
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  • Are Europe's politicians ready to contemplate Grexit? Feb 11, 2015 - 4:05 pm
  • Gideon Rachman is joined by Ferdinando Giugliano and Stefan Wagstyl to discuss the growing stand-off between Greece and its eurozone creditors as the language becomes more uncompromising on both sides. What would happen if Greece left the eurozone and are politicians prepared to contemplate such an outcome?
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  • Time to start arming the Ukraine government? Feb 04, 2015 - 6:48 pm
  • The upsurge in fighting between pro-Russian separatist rebels and Ukrainian government forces has shown how little diplomatic leverage the west now appears to have with the Kremlin. There is an increasingly lively debate about whether the west should provide Kiev with arms to help it face down the secessionist onslaught. Ben Hall discusses the crisis with Neil Buckley, Geoff Dyer and Stefan Wagstyl.
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  • How stable is Saudi Arabia? Jan 29, 2015 - 5:16 pm
  • Saudi Arabia's new monarch King Salman takes over at a time of unprecedented challenges in the shape of regional chaos as well as a sharply falling oil price. Gideon Rachman is joined by Roula Khalaf and Simeon Kerr to discuss how stable the kingdom is.
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  • Will the European Central Bank's QE work? Jan 21, 2015 - 3:39 pm
  • Ben Hall is joined by Claire Jones and Ferdinando Giugliano to discuss the European Central Bank's battle against deflation and whether its long awaited bond buying plan will work
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  • France after the Islamist attacks Jan 14, 2015 - 5:14 pm
  • France has been through a traumatic week following several terrorist attacks and demonstrations by millions in response to the killings. Gideon Rachman is joined by Hugh Carnegy and Michael Stothard to discuss the impact of these events and whether France can ward off the forces of polarisation.
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  • Will the Greek election reignite the eurozone crisis? Jan 07, 2015 - 3:50 pm
  • Snap elections are being held in Greece later this month in which the radical left Syriza party is expected to come out on top. Gideon Rachman is joined by Kerin Hope, Athens correspondent, and Tony Barber, Europe Editor, to discuss the implications for Greek debt restructuring and the eurozone.
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  • Consequences of the US-Cuba rapprochement Dec 18, 2014 - 12:05 pm
  • Following president Barack Obama’s announcement that the United States will begin normalising relations with Cuba, John Paul Rathbone, Latin America editor, joins Gideon Rachman to examine how quickly the island state's Soviet-style economy is likely to change and the implications for the wider region.
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  • Japan's snap elections Dec 11, 2014 - 5:05 pm
  • Shinzo Abe's decision to call snap elections only two years into his term perplexed many people. Was it simply cover for a U-turn on a planned rise in consumption tax or was the prime minister seeking a renewed mandate for more radical measures to kick-start growth? Ben Hall discusses what the elections mean for the future of the world's third-largest economy with Ben McLannahan and David Pilling.
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  • Can Russia's economy weather the storm? Dec 03, 2014 - 5:41 pm
  • Gideon Rachman is joined by Neil Buckley and Kathrin Hille to discuss the state of the Russian economy, How well can it weather the impact of the falling oil price and falling Rouble, in addition to western sanctions? What are the likely political repercussions?
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  • US foreign policy after Chuck Hagel's resignation Nov 26, 2014 - 4:34 pm
  • This week Chuck Hagel stepped down as US defence secretary at a time when doubts are growing about the administration's ability to manage growing threats in the Middle East and Europe. Gideon Rachman discusses what the resignation means for American foreign policy with Geoff Dyer and Ed Luce.
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  • A breakthrough in the fight against climate change Nov 19, 2014 - 6:00 am
  • The US and China surprised the world last week with an outline agreement in which both countries agreed to limit emissions of greenhouse gases. Gideon Rachman is joined by Pilita Clark, FT environment correspondent, and Paul Bledsoe, senior fellow on climate and energy in the German Marshall Fund in Washington, to discuss how big a breakthrough it is.
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  • Mexican president under fire Nov 12, 2014 - 7:10 pm
  • Until recently Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, was getting a great press, with the Mexican economy going well and important reforms pushed through, but now he seems to be in serious political trouble. Gideon Rachman is joined by John-Paul Rathbone and Jude Webber to discuss what has gone wrong.
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  • What hopes for detente between Japan and China? Nov 06, 2014 - 4:09 pm
  • What are the prospects for some form of detente between Japan and China? Ahead of next week's Apec summit, where leaders of the two countries are expected to meet, Ben Hall discusses the reasons for the strained relations between the two countries with Beijing bureau chief Jamil Anderlini and David Pilling, Asia editor.
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