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A View from Beirut: The Impact of the Saudi/Iran Power Struggle

Unlike its regional neighbours, Lebanon appeared to be entering a period of political and economic stability. But tension is mounting as Saudi Arabia escalates its power struggle with Iran. As Iran continues to exert its influence and defend its interest across the region, there is growing concern about how the conflict might affect the stability of the fragile coalition in Lebanon and the impact on the wider Middle East.

In the run up to the first Parliamentary elections in nearly a decade, Global Questions travels to Beirut to explore its political relationships with its neighbouring countries. What does the crisis mean to the people of Lebanon and do they fear it could lead to an economic and political crisis in the fierce struggle for regional dominance?

Guests:

Mohammed Alyahya Senior Fellow at Gulf Research Centre
Elias Bou Saab Advisor to President Aoun
Mohammad Marandi Professor at the University of Tehran
Tania Saleh Singer and Songwriter

Paula Yacoubian Candidate for the Lebanese Parliamentary elections

Presenter: Zeinab Badawi
Producer: Ben Carter

A View From Beirut: The Impact Of The Saudi/iran Power Struggle20180317

Unlike its regional neighbours, Lebanon appeared to be entering a period of political and economic stability. But tension is mounting as Saudi Arabia escalates its power struggle with Iran. As Iran continues to exert its influence and defend its interest across the region, there is growing concern about how the conflict might affect the stability of the fragile coalition in Lebanon and the impact on the wider Middle East.

In the run up to the first Parliamentary elections in nearly a decade, Global Questions travels to Beirut to explore its political relationships with its neighbouring countries. What does the crisis mean to the people of Lebanon and do they fear it could lead to an economic and political crisis in the fierce struggle for regional dominance?

Guests:

Mohammed Alyahya Senior Fellow at Gulf Research Centre
Elias Bou Saab Advisor to President Aoun
Mohammad Marandi Professor at the University of Tehran
Tania Saleh Singer and Songwriter

Paula Yacoubian Candidate for the Lebanese Parliamentary elections

Presenter: Zeinab Badawi
Producer: Ben Carter

A View from Beirut: The Impact of the Saudi-Iran Power Struggle20180317

The regional struggle between Iran and Saudi Arabia and its impact on Lebanon

Audiences from around the world question their leaders on global issues.

A View from Beirut: The Impact of the Saudi-Iran Power Struggle2018031720180318 (WS)

The regional struggle between Iran and Saudi Arabia and its impact on Lebanon

Audiences from around the world question their leaders on global issues.

Unlike its regional neighbours, Lebanon appeared to be entering a period of political and economic stability. But tension is mounting as Saudi Arabia escalates its power struggle with Iran. As Iran continues to exert its influence and defend its interest across the region, there is growing concern about how the conflict might affect the stability of the fragile coalition in Lebanon and the impact on the wider Middle East.

In the run up to the first Parliamentary elections in nearly a decade, Global Questions travels to Beirut to explore its political relationships with its neighbouring countries. What does the crisis mean to the people of Lebanon and do they fear it could lead to an economic and political crisis in the fierce struggle for regional dominance?

Guests:

• Mohammed Alyahya, Senior Fellow at Gulf Research Centre
• Elias Bou Saab, Adviser to President Aoun
• Mohammad Marandi, Professor at the University of Tehran
• Tania Saleh, Singer and Songwriter
• Paula Yacoubian Candidate for the Lebanese Parliamentary elections

Presenter: Zeinab Badawi
Producer: Ben Carter

A View from Beirut: The Impact of the Saudi-Iran Power Struggle20180317

The regional struggle between Iran and Saudi Arabia and its impact on Lebanon

Audiences from around the world question their leaders on global issues.

Unlike its regional neighbours, Lebanon appeared to be entering a period of political and economic stability. But tension is mounting as Saudi Arabia escalates its power struggle with Iran. As Iran continues to exert its influence and defend its interest across the region, there is growing concern about how the conflict might affect the stability of the fragile coalition in Lebanon and the impact on the wider Middle East.

In the run up to the first Parliamentary elections in nearly a decade, Global Questions travels to Beirut to explore its political relationships with its neighbouring countries. What does the crisis mean to the people of Lebanon and do they fear it could lead to an economic and political crisis in the fierce struggle for regional dominance?

Guests:

• Mohammed Alyahya, Senior Fellow at Gulf Research Centre
• Elias Bou Saab, Adviser to President Aoun
• Mohammad Marandi, Professor at the University of Tehran
• Tania Saleh, Singer and Songwriter
• Paula Yacoubian Candidate for the Lebanese Parliamentary elections

Presenter: Zeinab Badawi
Producer: Ben Carter

Africa The Next Generation: A Force For Change?2018072120180722 (WS)

Is Nigeria\u2019s young population ready and willing to push through much-needed reform?

Audiences from around the world question their leaders on global issues.

Lagos - Nigeria’s biggest city and its commercial centre. It’s a noisy, vibrant, hectic place, one of the world’s fastest-growing cities and the most populated in Africa. Like most of Africa, the majority of Nigeria’s population is aged under 30. That’s more than 100 million people. And yet, the young are barely visible in the corridors of political power.

With a general election looming early next year, the country’s 75 year-old President Buhari recently signed a new law reducing the age you can run for political office. It gives the young people of Nigeria a bigger platform to drive through much-needed political and social reform. But are they ready and willing to rise to the challenge? And will the older generation of politicians let go of the reins to allow in new ideas and new blood?

This edition of Global Questions comes from the Afe Babalola hall at the University of Lagos. The auditorium is packed full with a young and dynamic audience from across Nigeria, including from the Niger Delta, the capital Abuja, the conservative North East and from Lagos. They’ll be putting their questions to a panel of high-profile leaders and opinion-formers.

Topics for debate include the fight against terrorism, the importance of educating and empowering women and how to combat corruption.

Panel:
Aminu Tambuwal, Governor of Sokoto State in north west Nigeria. He is a former Speaker of the House.

Obiageli Ezekwesili campaigns to free the Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram. She’s also a former government minister and was Vice President of the World Bank.

Ayisha Osori, a lawyer and author. She wants to overhaul the current political system of patronage and big money.

Samson Itodo started the “Not Too Young To Run” campaign, urging the government to lower the age of political office.

Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, an award-winning Nigerian TV presenter, best known for presenting Rubbin Minds, the influential TV talk show for young Nigerians.

Presenter: Zeinab Badawi
Producer: Sally Abrahams

Democracy Versus Prosperity20160528

We ask if Africa\u2019s current growth can deliver political reform and civic freedom - or will Africa end up richer but less free?

Audiences from around the world question their leaders on global issues.

Democracy Versus Prosperity2016052820160529 (WS)

We ask if Africa\u2019s current growth can deliver political reform and civic freedom - or will Africa end up richer but less free?

Audiences from around the world question their leaders on global issues.

Democracy Versus Prosperity20160528

We ask if Africa’s current growth can deliver political reform and civic freedom - or will Africa end up richer but less free?

Democracy Versus Prosperity2016052820160529 (WS)

We ask if Africa’s current growth can deliver political reform and civic freedom - or will Africa end up richer but less free?

We ask if Africa’s current growth can deliver political reform and civic freedom - or will Africa end up richer but less free?

India: The Next Superpower?2018092220180923 (WS)

After 70 years of independence, is India set to be the next superpower?

Audiences from around the world question their leaders on global issues.

After 70 years of independence Global Questions travels to New Delhi to assess India today, where it stands on the international stage and its fast growing economic strength, which some say could help it rival China as a global powerhouse.

India is the world’s largest democracy and politically stable but does it have the potential to be the world’s most influential democracy by the end of the 21st century?

More than half of India’s population, about 600 million, are under 25 years old, with such a young working society what are the challenges that might hold India back from continued growth and modernisation?

Join Zeinab Badawi at Bikaner House in the heart of New Delhi as she brings together an audience drawn from across India, with a high profile panel of political and public figures, to find out if India is set to become the next superpower.

On the panel:

Meenakshi Lekhi – MP and spokesperson BJP
Chhavi Rajawat – Sarpanch, Soda Village Rajasthan
Manu Joseph – Writer and journalist
Binny Bansal – Co-founder and CEO Flipkart
Aditi Mittal – Comedian, writer and actress

Producer: Ben Carter

India: The Next Superpower?20180922

After 70 years of independence, is India set to be the next superpower?

Audiences from around the world question their leaders on global issues.

After 70 years of independence Global Questions travels to New Delhi to assess India today, where it stands on the international stage and its fast growing economic strength, which some say could help it rival China as a global powerhouse.

India is the world’s largest democracy and politically stable but does it have the potential to be the world’s most influential democracy by the end of the 21st century?

More than half of India’s population, about 600 million, are under 25 years old, with such a young working society what are the challenges that might hold India back from continued growth and modernisation?

Join Zeinab Badawi at Bikaner House in the heart of New Delhi as she brings together an audience drawn from across India, with a high profile panel of political and public figures, to find out if India is set to become the next superpower.

On the panel:

Meenakshi Lekhi – MP and spokesperson BJP
Chhavi Rajawat – Sarpanch, Soda Village Rajasthan
Manu Joseph – Writer and journalist
Binny Bansal – Co-founder and CEO Flipkart
Aditi Mittal – Comedian, writer and actress

Producer: Ben Carter

India: The Next Superpower?2018092220180923 (WS)

After 70 years of independence, is India set to be the next superpower?

Audiences from around the world question their leaders on global issues.

After 70 years of independence Global Questions travels to New Delhi to assess India today, where it stands on the international stage and its fast growing economic strength, which some say could help it rival China as a global powerhouse.

India is the world’s largest democracy and politically stable but does it have the potential to be the world’s most influential democracy by the end of the 21st century?

More than half of India’s population, about 600 million, are under 25 years old, with such a young working society what are the challenges that might hold India back from continued growth and modernisation?

Join Zeinab Badawi at Bikaner House in the heart of New Delhi as she brings together an audience drawn from across India, with a high profile panel of political and public figures, to find out if India is set to become the next superpower.

On the panel:

Meenakshi Lekhi – MP and spokesperson BJP
Chhavi Rajawat – Sarpanch, Soda Village Rajasthan
Manu Joseph – Writer and journalist
Binny Bansal – Co-founder and CEO Flipkart
Aditi Mittal – Comedian, writer and actress

Producer: Ben Carter

Islam's Place In Politics - Is There One?2016121720161218 (WS)

Zeinab Badawi is in Tunisia with a panel of guests, to test the mood on whether Islam should or could be taken out of politics.

Islam's Place in Politics - Is There One?20161217

Zeinab Badawi is in Tunisia with a panel of guests, to test the mood on whether Islam should or could be taken out of politics.

Audiences from around the world question their leaders on global issues.

Islam's Place in Politics - Is There One?2016121720161218 (WS)

Zeinab Badawi is in Tunisia with a panel of guests, to test the mood on whether Islam should or could be taken out of politics.

Audiences from around the world question their leaders on global issues.

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Audiences from around the world question their leaders on global issues.

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Audiences from around the world question their leaders on global issues.

Islam's Place In Politics Billboard2016121720161218 (WS)

Putin and Trump - A New Era?20170406

Zeinab Badawi asks how the relationship between Trump and Putin will affect the Baltics

Audiences from around the world question their leaders on global issues.

Zeinab Badawi is in Latvia to discuss how the new political era of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin might evolve and how the relationship between Moscow and Washington will affect the Baltics state. Recorded in front of a local audience, Zeinab is joined by a top panel of experts.

General Mark Kimmitt was US Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs under President George W Bush. He also served as a NATO commander and saw operational experience in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Edward Lozansky was born in Ukraine he is President of the American University in Moscow & Founder of the US-Russia Forum. He was expelled from Moscow for anti-Soviet activities and took American citizenship.

Artis Pabriks is a seasoned Latvian politician and has been a member of the European Parliament since 2014. Before that he was Latvia’s Foreign and Defence Minister.

James Rubin was US Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs under President Clinton, he’s been a senior advisor on national security issues and was also Director of Foreign Policy. He is now an international journalist and world affairs commentator.

Anna Wieslander, Secretary General of the Swedish Defence Association & also Northern Europe Director at the Atlantic Council think-tank. She’s experienced in security and defence policy and is a former Head of the Speaker’s Office at the Swedish Parliament.

Producer: Ben Carter

Putin And Trump - A New Era?20170406

Zeinab Badawi is in Latvia to discuss if President Trump can usher in a new era of friendship between Washington and Moscow.

Syria's Refugee Crisis20160319

Syria's Refugee Crisis20160319

BBC World News' Global Questions travels to the UNHCR's main refugee registration centre in Amman, Jordan where a high profile panel of leaders and opinion formers discuss Syria's refugee crisis. They face an audience from the refugee camps of Zaatari and Azraq and urban Amman as well as Jordanian citizens. The debate, moderated by the BBC's Zeinab Badawi also takes comments and questions from social media.

Jordan is one of the countries that borders Syria and like many host nations is struggling to cope with a massive influx of refugees from its five year civil war. More than four million Syrians have fled across the border to Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, leading to immense strains on the infrastructure of those countries. With no easy end in sight to the war in Syria, what is the best way to help refugees who may be in counties like Jordan for many more months or even years to come?

(Photo: A member of audience, asking a question)

Syria's Refugee Crisis2016031920160320 (WS)

Syrian refugees in Jordan question politicians and diplomats in a special debate.

BBC World News' Global Questions travels to the UNHCR's main refugee registration centre in Amman, Jordan where a high profile panel of leaders and opinion formers discuss Syria's refugee crisis. They face an audience from the refugee camps of Zaatari and Azraq and urban Amman as well as Jordanian citizens. The debate, moderated by the BBC's Zeinab Badawi also takes comments and questions from social media.

Jordan is one of the countries that borders Syria and like many host nations is struggling to cope with a massive influx of refugees from its five year civil war. More than four million Syrians have fled across the border to Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, leading to immense strains on the infrastructure of those countries. With no easy end in sight to the war in Syria, what is the best way to help refugees who may be in counties like Jordan for many more months or even years to come?

(Photo: A member of audience, asking a question)

Syria's Refugee Crisis2016031920160320 (WS)

Syrian refugees in Jordan question politicians and diplomats in a special debate.

Audiences from around the world question their leaders on global issues.

BBC World News' Global Questions travels to the UNHCR's main refugee registration centre in Amman, Jordan where a high profile panel of leaders and opinion formers discuss Syria's refugee crisis. They face an audience from the refugee camps of Zaatari and Azraq and urban Amman as well as Jordanian citizens. The debate, moderated by the BBC's Zeinab Badawi also takes comments and questions from social media.

Jordan is one of the countries that borders Syria and like many host nations is struggling to cope with a massive influx of refugees from its five year civil war. More than four million Syrians have fled across the border to Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, leading to immense strains on the infrastructure of those countries. With no easy end in sight to the war in Syria, what is the best way to help refugees who may be in counties like Jordan for many more months or even years to come?

(Photo: A member of audience, asking a question)

Syria's Refugee Crisis20160319

Syrian refugees in Jordan question politicians and diplomats in a special debate.

Audiences from around the world question their leaders on global issues.

BBC World News' Global Questions travels to the UNHCR's main refugee registration centre in Amman, Jordan where a high profile panel of leaders and opinion formers discuss Syria's refugee crisis. They face an audience from the refugee camps of Zaatari and Azraq and urban Amman as well as Jordanian citizens. The debate, moderated by the BBC's Zeinab Badawi also takes comments and questions from social media.

Jordan is one of the countries that borders Syria and like many host nations is struggling to cope with a massive influx of refugees from its five year civil war. More than four million Syrians have fled across the border to Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, leading to immense strains on the infrastructure of those countries. With no easy end in sight to the war in Syria, what is the best way to help refugees who may be in counties like Jordan for many more months or even years to come?

(Photo: A member of audience, asking a question)

Syria's Refugee Crisis2016031920160320 (WS)

Syrian refugees in Jordan question politicians and diplomats in a special debate.

BBC World News' Global Questions travels to the UNHCR's main refugee registration centre in Amman, Jordan where a high profile panel of leaders and opinion formers discuss Syria's refugee crisis. They face an audience from the refugee camps of Zaatari and Azraq and urban Amman as well as Jordanian citizens. The debate, moderated by the BBC's Zeinab Badawi also takes comments and questions from social media.

Jordan is one of the countries that borders Syria and like many host nations is struggling to cope with a massive influx of refugees from its five year civil war. More than four million Syrians have fled across the border to Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, leading to immense strains on the infrastructure of those countries. With no easy end in sight to the war in Syria, what is the best way to help refugees who may be in counties like Jordan for many more months or even years to come?

(Photo: A member of audience, asking a question)

Syria's Refugee Crisis2016031920160320 (WS)

Syrian refugees in Jordan question politicians and diplomats in a special debate.

The ASEAN Way2017052020170521 (WS)

Political and business leaders from ASEAN countries face questions from an audience

Audiences from around the world question their leaders on global issues.

The Association of South-East Asian Nations is deeply diverse. Each of the 10 countries is different in terms of development, political systems, economic structure, language and culture. Once an impoverished, war torn region caught up in bitter cold war conflicts, it is now a relatively peaceful zone of prosperity with half of its population under the age of 30.

But some parts of South-East Asia continue to be politically volatile with ongoing concerns about freedom of speech, corruption and poverty. Whilst the region develops and grows for some, a younger and more educated generation is questioning whether the ASEAN Way is a block to human rights, political representation and quality of governance.

Zeinab Badawi travels to Phnom Penh the capital of Cambodia, to bring together political and business leaders from ASEAN countries to discuss the future of the region. The high level panel will face questions from an audience of ordinary citizens in Cambodia and its neighbouring countries, about the political, social and economic challenges facing the region and whether the ASEAN way is open to change, civic reform and greater political representation.

Producer: Ben Carter

The ASEAN Way20170520

Political and business leaders from ASEAN countries face questions from an audience

Audiences from around the world question their leaders on global issues.

The Association of South-East Asian Nations is deeply diverse. Each of the 10 countries is different in terms of development, political systems, economic structure, language and culture. Once an impoverished, war torn region caught up in bitter cold war conflicts, it is now a relatively peaceful zone of prosperity with half of its population under the age of 30.

But some parts of South-East Asia continue to be politically volatile with ongoing concerns about freedom of speech, corruption and poverty. Whilst the region develops and grows for some, a younger and more educated generation is questioning whether the ASEAN Way is a block to human rights, political representation and quality of governance.

Zeinab Badawi travels to Phnom Penh the capital of Cambodia, to bring together political and business leaders from ASEAN countries to discuss the future of the region. The high level panel will face questions from an audience of ordinary citizens in Cambodia and its neighbouring countries, about the political, social and economic challenges facing the region and whether the ASEAN way is open to change, civic reform and greater political representation.

Producer: Ben Carter

The Asean Way20170520

Zeinab Badawi is in Cambodia to talk to political and business leaders from ASEAN countries to discuss the future of the region.

Trump's America Billboard20171021

Audiences from around the world question their leaders on global issues.

Trump's America: A Nation Divided?2017102120171022 (WS)

What have voters in South Carolina made of Donald Trump\u2019s first year in office?

Audiences from around the world question their leaders on global issues.

Charleston, South Carolina – a city steeped in American history. The first shots of the American Civil War were fired here and roughly half of all enslaved African’s passed through Charleston’s port.

A year ago this state decisively voted for Donald Trump to be the US President and what a year it’s been. I’ve come here to find out what voters in the South make of his first year in office. He boldly claimed to make America great again but has he succeeded?

He’s certainly polarised opinion - His reaction to racial tensions, attempts to repeal Obama-care, plans to build a wall on the Mexican border, a travel ban on Muslims and his fiery rhetoric with North Korea – all this on top of reports of an administration in chaos with resignations and sackings in the White House.

Global Questions brings you a top panel of political figures and key decisions makers and they’ll take questions from a local audience.

Panel –

Marsha Blackburn is the Republican Congressman for neighbouring Tennessee

Dr Bernice King is the youngest child of the iconic civil rights leader Martin Luther King and currently runs the King Centre in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mark Burns is a native of South Carolina and has been described as Donald Trump’s top pastor by Time magazine.

Jaime Harrison is based in Columbia - the capital of South Carolina – and seen by many as the future of the Democratic Party.

Frank Luntz is one of America’s best known political and election consultants and strategists.

Producer: Ben Carter

(Photo:Zeinab Badawi and guests are in Charleston, South Carolina to take questions from a local audience about Donald Trump’s first year in office)

Trump's America: A Nation Divided?20171021

What have voters in South Carolina made of Donald Trump\u2019s first year in office?

Audiences from around the world question their leaders on global issues.

Charleston, South Carolina – a city steeped in American history. The first shots of the American Civil War were fired here and roughly half of all enslaved African’s passed through Charleston’s port.

A year ago this state decisively voted for Donald Trump to be the US President and what a year it’s been. I’ve come here to find out what voters in the South make of his first year in office. He boldly claimed to make America great again but has he succeeded?

He’s certainly polarised opinion - His reaction to racial tensions, attempts to repeal Obama-care, plans to build a wall on the Mexican border, a travel ban on Muslims and his fiery rhetoric with North Korea – all this on top of reports of an administration in chaos with resignations and sackings in the White House.

Global Questions brings you a top panel of political figures and key decisions makers and they’ll take questions from a local audience.

Panel –

Marsha Blackburn is the Republican Congressman for neighbouring Tennessee

Dr Bernice King is the youngest child of the iconic civil rights leader Martin Luther King and currently runs the King Centre in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mark Burns is a native of South Carolina and has been described as Donald Trump’s top pastor by Time magazine.

Jaime Harrison is based in Columbia - the capital of South Carolina – and seen by many as the future of the Democratic Party.

Frank Luntz is one of America’s best known political and election consultants and strategists.

Producer: Ben Carter

(Photo:Zeinab Badawi and guests are in Charleston, South Carolina to take questions from a local audience about Donald Trump’s first year in office)

Trump's America: A Nation Divided?20171021

Zeinab Badawi and a panel of political figures find out what the people think of Trump’s America a year on from his election.

Charleston, South Carolina – a city steeped in American history. The first shots of the American Civil War were fired here and roughly half of all enslaved African’s passed through Charleston’s port.

A year ago this state decisively voted for Donald Trump to be the US President and what a year it’s been. I’ve come here to find out what voters in the South make of his first year in office. He boldly claimed to make America great again but has he succeeded?

He’s certainly polarised opinion - His reaction to racial tensions, attempts to repeal Obama-care, plans to build a wall on the Mexican border, a travel ban on Muslims and his fiery rhetoric with North Korea – all this on top of reports of an administration in chaos with resignations and sackings in the White House.

Global Questions brings you a top panel of political figures and key decisions makers and they’ll take questions from a local audience.

Panel –

Marsha Blackburn is the Republican Congressman for neighbouring Tennessee

Dr Bernice King is the youngest child of the iconic civil rights leader Martin Luther King and currently runs the King Centre in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mark Burns is a native of South Carolina and has been described as Donald Trump’s top pastor by Time magazine.

Jaime Harrison is based in Columbia - the capital of South Carolina – and seen by many as the future of the Democratic Party.

Frank Luntz is one of America’s best known political and election consultants and strategists.

Producer: Ben Carter

(Photo:Zeinab Badawi and guests are in Charleston, South Carolina to take questions from a local audience about Donald Trump’s first year in office)

Ukraine: At a Crossroads2015071120150712 (WS)

Ukraine is in crisis. Its leaders and politicians face questions from the public

Audiences from around the world question their leaders on global issues.

A year on and Ukraine’s post-revolution government is still struggling to bring stability to the country while pushing for wide-sweeping reforms and rebuilding a crippled economy. Members of the public from across Ukraine put questions about the future of the country to their leaders and politicians. The BBC’s Zeinab Badawi is joined by Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko, opposition MP Yuliya L’Ovochkina, entrepreneur Evgeni Utkin, journalist Nataliya Gumenyuk and Sir Suma Chakrabarti, president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Ukraine: At a Crossroads2015071120150715 (WS)

Ukraine is in crisis. Its leaders and politicians face questions from the public

Audiences from around the world question their leaders on global issues.

A year on and Ukraine’s post-revolution government is still struggling to bring stability to the country while pushing for wide-sweeping reforms and rebuilding a crippled economy. Members of the public from across Ukraine put questions about the future of the country to their leaders and politicians. The BBC’s Zeinab Badawi is joined by Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko, opposition MP Yuliya L’Ovochkina, entrepreneur Evgeni Utkin, journalist Nataliya Gumenyuk and Sir Suma Chakrabarti, president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Ukraine: At a Crossroads20150711

Ukraine is in crisis. Its leaders and politicians face questions from the public

Audiences from around the world question their leaders on global issues.

A year on and Ukraine’s post-revolution government is still struggling to bring stability to the country while pushing for wide-sweeping reforms and rebuilding a crippled economy. Members of the public from across Ukraine put questions about the future of the country to their leaders and politicians. The BBC’s Zeinab Badawi is joined by Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko, opposition MP Yuliya L’Ovochkina, entrepreneur Evgeni Utkin, journalist Nataliya Gumenyuk and Sir Suma Chakrabarti, president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

What Does Equality Mean for Women in Africa?2015111420151121 (WS)

A debate on sexual politics and gender equality for women in Africa.

Audiences from around the world question their leaders on global issues.

Global Questions goes to Kenya to raise important questions around sexual politics and gender equality for women in Africa. The discussion gives ordinary Africans the chance to question key decision makers about how women can have a bigger role in influencing policy decisions and in shaping the future of their continent.

The programme chaired by BBC presenter Zeinab Badawi brings together a panel of five high-profile Africans from the worlds of politics, civil society and the international community, including Supreme Court Judge Lady Justice Njoki Ndungu, Dr Babatunde Osotimehin Director of the United Nations Population; Fuambai Sia Ahmadu, co-founder of African Women are Free to Choose (AWA-FC) and Junet Mohamed MP, a Somali opposition politician.

What Does Equality Mean For Women In Africa?20151121

Global Questions goes to Kenya to raise important questions around sexual politics and gender equality for women in Africa. The discussion gives ordinary Africans the chance to question key decision makers about how women can have a bigger role in influencing policy decisions and in shaping the future of their continent.

The programme chaired by BBC presenter Zeinab Badawi brings together a panel of five high-profile Africans from the worlds of politics, civil society and the international community, including Supreme Court Judge Lady Justice Njoki Ndungu, Dr Babatunde Osotimehin Director of the United Nations Population; Fuambai Sia Ahmadu, co-founder of African Women are Free to Choose (AWA-FC) and Junet Mohamed MP, a Somali opposition politician.