TONY BLAIR, MIDDLE EAST ENVOY - Part 1 - 15th February 2009

George Negus interviews former British Prime Minister Tony Blair about life after politics.Since he left Number 10 Downing Street, Mr Blair has been heavily involved in efforts to broker peace in the Middle East. But some are wondering what effect Mr Blair's support of the Iraq War will have on his ability to negotiate effectively in the super-heated Israel/Palestinian arena. And as the UK slips deeper into economic crisis, what does the former Prime Minister have to say about his legacy in Britain? With the boom times over, does he accept any responsibility for the UK's current state?


TONY BLAIR, MIDDLE EAST ENVOY - Part 2 - 22nd February 2009

Last week on our program from chilly London you actually got to see only half of the extended chat George Negus had with Tony Blair, in of all places, Jerusalem, where these days he spends a fair bit of time in his role as Special Envoy for the Quartet - the US, the UN, the EU and Russia. Back in May 2007, when under fire for his questionable stance on Iraq, Tony Blair pulled the plug on his 10 years as UK prime minister. Here's what he had to say.

TONY BLAIR: I give my thanks to you, the British people, for the times that I've succeeded, and my apologies to you for the times I've fallen short. But good luck.

Since then he's famously converted to Catholicism and has his new peace-making role in the Middle East conflict. When we talked in the Holy City of the so-called three great religions, Christianity, Judaism and Islam - he and George Negus engaged, as it were, on the messy mix of politics and religion.



When US financier and Wall St veteran Jim Rogers speaks, the investment community tends to listen. And if they've been listening lately to the Singapore-based former business partner of George Soros, the news is not good. He's no friend of Gordon Brown since declaring that Britain is "finished" and he says around the world "politicians are making it worse not better" by meddling with the bad banks.

"Let them go bankrupt and clean out the system," he says.


DAVID KILCULLEN – 8th March 2009

David Kilcullen is a former Australian soldier and peacekeeper and one of the world's foremost experts on guerrilla warfare. He has served in every theatre of the 'War on Terror' since 9/11 as special advisor for counterinsurgency to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and a senior counterinsurgency advisor to General David Petraeus in Iraq. Kilcullen has compared the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan to the Vietnam war, calling it a crisis on the brink of failure - that the war is "still winnable, but only just".


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