Hardtalk

Hardtalk

Interviews with the world's leading politicians, thinkers and cultural figures. In an in-depth, hard-hitting, half-hour discussion, Stephen Sackur talks to some of the most prominent people from around the world. Broadcast on the BBC World Service on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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Recent episodes (10)

  • 20 Aug 14 Abdullah Abdullah

    Wed, 20 Aug 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Afghanistan's presidential election was supposed to mark the country's progress, instead it threatens to inflict new wounds. The long drawn out process appeared to deliver a second round victory to Ashraf Ghani; but his rival Abdullah Abdullah alleged massive fraud and the vote count is under review. The Americans are urging the two rivals to share power. Stephen Sackur talks to Abdullah Abdullah. Is he currently acting in Afghanistan’s interest, or his own?

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  • Dr. Mads Gilbert: Monday 18th August

    Mon, 18 Aug 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The Hamas/Israeli ceasefire in Gaza has allowed Palestinians time to assess the cost of the Israeli offensive both in human lives and damage to buildings and facilities. HARDtalk speaks to Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian doctor just back from Gaza where he works as a volunteer at the main Al-Shifa Hospital. He is also an outspoken political activist on behalf of the Palestinian cause. Does this interfere with his work as a medic and humanitarian?

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  • Masrour Barzani 15 August 2014

    Fri, 15 Aug 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    The United Nations has declared its highest level of emergency in Iraq as a humanitarian crisis follows the rapid advance of Islamic State militants. There have been eye-witness accounts of people beheaded, of whole families buried alive, and there are an estimated 1.2 million Iraqis internally displaced. Hardtalk speaks to Masrour Barzani, the head of intelligence and security in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region. He is also the son of that region’s President. Is it the Kurds who can rescue the state of Iraq and how much outside help do they need to defeat the jihadists of the so called 'Islamic State'?

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  • Andrei Konchalovsky: Friday 8th August

    Thu, 14 Aug 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    In August 1914, the five great powers of Europe declared war on one another. For countries like Britain, Germany and France the significance of World War One is regularly debated and commemorated. But what of that other great power, Russia? It also fought against Germany, but by the end of the war Tsar Nicholas II and his family had been murdered and the Bolshevik Revolution had brought Lenin to power.How far does what was happening in Russia then, help explain what is going on today? Zeinab Badawi talks to the renowned Russian theatre and film director Andrei Konchalovsky.

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  • Anders Fogh Rasmussen: Wednesday 13th August

    Wed, 13 Aug 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    NATO is sixty five years old – does it lack the vigour, resources and political will to be an effective military force on the world stage at a time when conflicts across continents in Iraq, Syria, Ukraine and West Africa present ever greater dangers to global security? HARDtalk speaks to NATO’s Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Can NATO make the world a safer place and, if not, is it time the alliance went into retirement?

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  • Karl Von Habsburg 04 Aug 14

    Mon, 4 Aug 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    As the world commemorates the start of the First World War, HARDtalk travels to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia Herzegovina, to speak to Karl von Habsburg - grandson of the last of the Habsburg emperors. It was in Sarajevo that his great uncle Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in June 1914, an event which set the Great War in motion. Stephen Sackur hears reflections on Europe then and Europe now.

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  • Iurie Leanca 30 07 14

    Wed, 30 Jul 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk is on location in Chisinau, capital of Moldova where the stage is set for another tug of war between Russia and the European Union. With the backing of the majority Romanian speaking population Moldova’s government is vigorously pursuing membership of the European Union despite strong objections from the country’s Russian speaking minority. Stephen Sackur asks Iurie Leanca, Prime Minister of Moldova, if his country can avoid the fate of neighbouring Ukraine?

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  • Ama Ata Aidoo: Monday 28th July

    Mon, 28 Jul 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    HARDtalk speaks to the acclaimed Ghanaian writer Ama Ata Aidoo who has arguably done more than any other writer to depict and celebrate the condition of women in Africa, in books such as ‘The Dilemma of a Ghost’ and ‘Changes’. She is opposed to what she has described as a 'western perception that the African female is a downtrodden wretch'. But when you look around the African continent today: girls abducted in Nigeria, polygamy re-introduced in Kenya, child marriages and the prevalence of gender based violence, how much is there really to celebrate about being female in Africa?

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  • Danny Danon: Friday 25th July

    Fri, 25 Jul 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Israel says its current campaign in Gaza is in response to rocket strikes from Hamas militants and is aimed at destroying illicit tunnels Hamas uses to smuggle arms. In more than two weeks of conflict around six hundred Palestinians - mostly civilians - have been killed and nearly four thousand wounded. The UN Human Rights Commissioner says Israel may have committed war crimes. About thirty Israelis have died - nearly all of them soldiers. HARDtalk speaks to Danny Danon a member of the Israeli prime-minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party. He was dismissed as Deputy-Defence Minister earlier this month for accusing the Prime Minister of being too weak in his Gaza campaign. How does he justify the high Palestinian death toll?

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  • Obiageli Ezekwesili: Wednesday 23rd July

    Wed, 23 Jul 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    A few months ago international attention was fixed on the remote forests of north eastern Nigeria - believed to be where 200 kidnapped schoolgirls were being held by Boko Haram militants. Well, the girls have now been missing for 100 days; Boko Haram's terror campaign continues, but the media focus has shifted elsewhere. HARDtalk speaks to Obiageli Ezekwesili, a former Nigerian minister and one of the leaders of the Bring Back our Girls campaign. Has their country failed these girls and their families?

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