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Condoleezza Rice, Tony Blair, Pervez Musharraf, Kofi Annan, Shimon Peres

The inside story behind the coalition set up in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11th.

This series will chart the behind-the-scenes negotiations which radically altered international relations, creating unlikely alliances and unexpected diplomatic concessions. What went on during the negotiations to bring such countries as Russia, Syria, Pakistan and China on side? How did the Americans go about building the coalition? How essential was Pakistan?

Ed Stourton talks to the major players (including US National Security Adviser Dr Condoleezza Rice, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan and former Israeli prime minister Shimon Peres), as well as the fixers and negotiators who worked to bring about a major realignment in global diplomatic relations. How did the Americans go about building the coalition? How essential was Pakistan? What part did Britain's Prime Minister play? And what have been the lasting effects of the attacks on America itself and in the wider world?

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Don't Miss - Ed Stourton on Making the Programme

Edward Stourton " many of those who played critical roles in the aftermath of September the 11th have been willing to talk to us. In 20 years of broadcast journalism I have never encountered anything like it."
Programme 1 - Friends & Enemies.

George Robertson The story of how the world recovered from shock and the Americans prepared for action. Insiders tell of the ultimatum the US delivered to Pakistan and President Musharraf describes his reaction. George Robertson reveals what went on at Nato headquarters and Kofi Annan talks about the reaction at the UN.

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Programme 2 - Gathering Force.

Charles PowellWashington and London join forces as the coalition is built. The doubts and fears of the Muslim world are addressed while attention focuses on the Middle East. British envoy Charles Powell's described his mission to Syria. Meanwhile, insiders tell of the deals which were done to open up the air bases bordering Afghanistan.

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Programme 3 - Into Action.

a Northern Alliance fighterThe bombing begins. The Coalition's propaganda machine is put to the test against riots in Pakistan and concerns in the Middle East. The Chinese and the Americans find they have something in common and Pakistan begins to see the benefits of taking a stand against the Taleban. But the fall of Kabul, when it finally comes, takes many people unawares.

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Programme 4 - The Problems of Success.

Iraqi soldiersThe fall-out from September 11th created a swathe of new challenges. At the UN, nations worked together to fight terrorism, but when American attention turned to Iraq most of the world recoiled. The Middle East was allowed to fester - then turned so violent America had to re-engage. America's relationship with Russia flourished, but in Asia the latest members of the nuclear club squared up for a fight.

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Edward Stourton
Edward Stourton was born in Lagos, Nigeria in November 1957. Educated first at Ampleforth College and then at Trinity College, Cambridge, he took a degree in English Literature before joining ITN as a graduate trainee in 1979.

He was a founder member of Channel 4 News in 1982, working as a scriptwriter but adding producer, duty home news editor and chief sub-editor to his duties.

1n 1988 Stourton joined the BBC as Paris correspondent. In 1990 he returned to ITN as diplomatic editor.

In 1993 he returned to the BBC to the One O'Clock News, which he presented for six years. He has also presented editions of Correspondent, Assignment and Panorama, and the phone-in programme Call Ed Stourton on Radio 4. His current affairs work for Radio 4 includes the series The Violence Files, Asia Gold and Global Shakeout. Asia Gold won the Sony Gold for current affairs in 1997.

In 1997 he presented Absolute Truth, a landmark, four-part series for BBC2 on the modern Catholic Church and wrote a book to accompany the series.

In January 1999 he joined the presentation team on the Today Programme.

He won the the Amnesty Award for best television documentary in 2001.

Earlier this year he presented the six part series In the Footsteps of St. Paul for Radio 4 and is a regular presenter of the Radio 4 religious and ethical news programme Sunday.

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