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23/07/2010 | US-UK relations | Afghanistan | Banning the veil

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 23 July 2010

This week's look inside British politics is presented by Edward Stourton.
How special is the relationship between the UK and the US? Diplomatic strains over BP and the release of Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi and a President looking further West certainly signal change. We speak to Sir David Manning, British ambassador to Washington in the later years of Tony Blair's government.
We ask Professor Malcolm Chalmers of the Royal United Services Institute why the British Government finds it so hard to explain its policy in Afghanistan.
Banning the veil: why is it un-British but a la mode across the Channel? We speak to Dominique Moisi of the French Institute for International Relations; we also discuss the burqa with the Muslim columnist and author Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Sahida Saleem who hit the headlines in Britain when she refused to go through an airport security full body-scanner.


    Sir David Manning: Nine Lives - In Search of the Sacred in Modern India by William Dalrymple.

    Professor Malcolm Chalmers: Untold Stories by Alan Bennett.

    Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: The Silent Twins by Marjorie Wallace.

    The programme team:
    A Gambling Man - Charles II and the Restoration by Jenny Uglow.
    Spies of the Balkans by Alan Furst.
    The Blair Years by Alastair Campbell.
    The Black Sheep and Other Fables by Augusto Monterroso.

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