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    Dmytro Kuleba: Ukraine war at critical juncture

    Dmytro Kuleba: Ukraine war at critical juncture

    Ukraine is under enormous pressure as Russia seeks new frontline gains and, in the diplomatic arena, some Western allies show signs of war fatigue. Stephen Sackur asks Ukraine’s foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, whether Kyiv will be bounced into a deal on President Putin’s terms.

    • 22 min
    Mathieu Kassovitz: Where is France going?

    Mathieu Kassovitz: Where is France going?

    Stephen Sackur is in Paris to speak to the acclaimed actor and director Mathieu Kassovitz. Three decades ago, his film La Haine (Hate) focused on inequality, racism and police brutality in a Parisian suburb. He has a powerful voice in French culture, so what is his take on where his country is now and where it’s going?

    • 23 min
    Akinwumi Adesina: Africa rising?

    Akinwumi Adesina: Africa rising?

    Stephen Sackur speaks to Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank. He wants massive international financial backing to turn his continent into a global economic powerhouse. But amid chronic poverty, debt and climate threats, will Africa get the support it needs?

    • 22 min
    Jean-Noël Barrot: A snap election in France

    Jean-Noël Barrot: A snap election in France

    Stephen Sackur is in Paris to speak to the French Minister Delegate for Europe, Jean-Noël Barrot. President Emmanuel Macron has just taken the gamble of his political life, calling a snap parliamentary election in an effort to outsmart the extremes of right and left. If it backfires, what will it mean for France and Europe?

    • 22 min
    Eyal Weizman: The politics of architecture

    Eyal Weizman: The politics of architecture

    Mishal Husain speaks to the architect Eyal Weizman. He works in what he calls ‘forensic architecture’, where details of buildings and physical spaces – and their destruction – are used to highlight abuses and persecution. Is he right to see architecture as political – a way in which human beings can oppress as well as create?

    • 22 min
    Mickey Bergman: What difference do hostage negotiators make?

    Mickey Bergman: What difference do hostage negotiators make?

    Sarah Montague speaks to hostage negotiator Mickey Bergman, who has spent much of the last two decades working behind the scenes to help negotiate the release of Americans kidnapped or detained abroad – either by criminals, political actors or governments. What difference do such “fringe diplomats” make? Are they a help or a hindrance?

    • 22 min

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