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Entries in Inside Story (15)


Egypt Video Discussion: The Political and Economic Struggles (Al Jazeera English)

Al Jazeera English's Inside Story profiles the economic difficulties of Egypt and the effect on the political situation.

Guests are Ahmed Naguib a member of the Current Party, and co-founder of the Council of Trustees of the Revolution in Egypt; Mohammad El Masry, Professor of Media Studies at the American University in Cairo; and Angus Blair, President of the Signet Institute.


North Africa Video Feature: Here Come the US Drones (Al Jazeera English)

Al Jazeera English's Inside Story reviews the expansion of US bases, supporting drone operations, across North Africa.

Panelists are Robert Densmore, a former US naval flight officer and editor of Defence Report; David Shinn, Professor of International Affairs at George Washington University and former US ambassador to Burkina Faso and Ethiopia; and Noel Sharkey, aProfessor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the University of Sheffield.


Iran Video Feature: The Regime's "Justified" Imprisonment of Journalists (Al Jazeera English)


Syria Video Discussion: The Dwindling Resources of the Regime (Al Jazeera English)

See Also today's Syria Live Coverage: "94 Killed" in Regime Airstrike on Bakery Queue
Syria Video Discussion: The Dwindling Resources of the Regime (Al Jazeera English)
Sunday's Syria Live Coverage: Starving in Aleppo

I have often argued that the political and military pressure on the Syrian regime is matched by the economic squeeze on it, with the disruptions of civil war and sanctions eroding its position.

Al Jazeera English takes up the theme in Inside Syria, speaking with Durmus Aydin, the Vice President of the Turkish-based Humanitarian Relief Foundation; economist Samer Abboud; and Alan George of Oxford University.


Jordan Video Discussion: An Escalation of Tension? (Al Jazeera English)

Amid recent protests and King Abdullah's dissolution of Parliament for a November election, Al Jazeera English's Inside Story hosts a discussion of the political situation. 

The guests are Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh; Toujan al-Faisal, a former member of the Jordanian Parliament; Ian Black, the Middle East editor of The Guardian; and Adnan Hayajneh, a professor of political science at the Hashemite University.


Sudan Video Feature: Will the Protests Spread? (Al Jazeera English)

Sparked by Government austerity measures, protests were renewed in Sudan against the Bashir regime on 15 June. In an episode of Inside Story broadcast last Friday, Al Jazeera English talks to two analysts --- one from Sudan and one from Britain --- and a member of the opposition Democratic Union Party about the future of the demonstrations.


Remember Iran Video: The Surprise of the Protests (Marandi/Ehteshami/Lucas)

Al Jazeera English's Inside Story, broadcast on 16 June 2009, with Tehran University's Seyed Mohammad Marandi, Professor Anoush Ehteshami of Durham University, and EA's Scott Lucas:


Turkey Video Feature: Will the "Coup Trial" Heal Political Wounds? (Al Jazeera English)

Earlier this week in our Turkey Live Coverage, Ali Yenidunya covered the trial of plotters of a 1980 military coup, including 94-year-old former President Kenan Evren and 86-year-old former commander of the Air Force Tahsin Şahinkaya.

Al Jazeera English's Inside Story asks if the trial will heal political wounds or cause further tensions. Guests are Ergun Babahan, a columnist for Turkey's Star newspaper; Hassan Koni, a professor of International Law at the University of Culture; and Akin Unver; a lecturer in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University.


The US and China: Scott Lucas on Al Jazeera English 

I will be part of the panel on Al Jazeera English's Inside Story, considering whether recent American moves point towards US-China confrontation (spoiler: I am the optimist among the panellists that conflict is not necessarily the outcome).

The programme will air at 1730 GMT today and will repeated at 0030 GMT on Sunday.


Egypt and the Fall of Mubarak: EA's Scott Lucas on Al Jazeera's Inside Story

This was the episode of Inside Story recorded for Al Jazeera English last Friday at 1400 GMT. It was supposed to air at 1730 GMT, but before then Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak --- whose situation we were discussing --- decided he would resign his office.

So now the biggest interest in the programme --- which never aired but did make it on-line --- may be whether we got it right, hours before the climactic events. I am appearing with Maha Azzam, an associate fellow at the think tank Chatham House, and Adel Darwish, the political editor of Middle East Magazine.