Prince Andrew discusses the World Economic Forum
on the Middle East
Prince Andrew is the second son of Queen Elizabeth II and fourth in line to the British throne. He has also held the title of Duke of York since 1986. 
 
Prince Andrew served in the military and saw action in the Falklands war between the UK and Argentina in 1982.

For the last seven years Prince Andrew has been the UK's 'Special Representative for International Trade and Investment'. 
 
In this role he travels the world promoting British business. This weekend he travels to Egypt to co-chair the World Economic Forum on the Middle East.

Prince Andrew tells Sir David that the forum is a good opportunity to discuss political issues and ways in which certain problems can be solved. He also discusses the impact that fighting in a war zone had on him and the importance of local decision-making.
 
 
Dennis Ross

Dennis Ross is a former Middle East envoy
and chief negotiator
On 14 May, 1948, shortly after World War II and the death of around 6 million Jews in the Holocaust, Israel declared itself an independent state. 
 
In recent days Israel has been celebrating its 60th anniversary. Meanwhile, Palestinians have been mourning the occasion. For them the date represents al-Nakba, or 'the catastrophe'.
 
This week, George Bush, the US president, addressed the Israeli Knesset where he praised Israel's achievements. 
 
Despite Bush's stated aim of reaching a peace settlement this year, progress has been limited.

Dennis Ross, a former Middle East envoy and chief negotiator under both Democratic and Republican presidents, joins Sir David. 
 
Ross says the Bush administration has adopted a 'hands-off' approach to the peace process. He says a ceasefire is necessary in Gaza and that the establishment of a Palestinian state is years away.
 
Farzana Shaikh

Shaikh says few expected Pakistan's coalition
government to have a smooth ride
In February, Pakistan held national and provincial elections in which the pro-President Musharraf party, the PML-Q, was roundly defeated. 
 
The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), now head a coalition government opposed to President Musharraf.

It was hoped the elections would quell the political instability that has tarnished Pakistan in recent months. 
 
This week, however, nine ministers from a leading party in the coalition have handed in their resignations, raising fears that the country is once again going to be plunged into political uncertainty.

Farzana Shaikh, from the Royal Institute of International Affairs, tells Sir David that the coalition is under strain but that few people expected it to have a smooth ride. 
 
She also says that it is very difficult to predict anything with any degree of certainty in Pakistani politics in the current climate.
 
 
Michael Caine

Michael Caine describes being inspired
by Jack Nicholson
Only two actors have been nominated for an Oscar for films made in every one of the past five decades. One is the American actor Jack Nicholson. The other was born and bred outside the US, and the films which earned him those nominations - Alfie, Sleuth, Educating Rita, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Cider House Rules and The Quiet American - are not run-of-the-mill Hollywood blockbusters either.

Sir David talks to Michael Caine in the second part of the interview with the British actor. 
 
Caine says that at one point in his career he became disenchanted with acting but Jack Nicholson inspired him to get back into the industry.

Caine also talks about tricks of the trade and how he has always felt like an outsider.
 

Tim Collins

Tim Collins discusses progress in Iraq and the
British military's role there
On the eve of the Iraq war in a speech to his men, Colonel Tim Collins inspired the coalition forces. 
 
"We go to liberate not to conquer," he said. "Let's bring everyone home and leave Iraq a better place for us having been there."

So rousing was the speech that George Bush, the US president, is said to have pinned it on his wall in the White House.

Five years on and there is little sign of that better, safer Iraq. Tens of thousands of civilians have been killed along with thousands of coalition soldiers. Last month, David Petraeus, the coalition's commanding general, announced that Iraqi security forces are not yet ready to defend Iraq.
 
Speaking to Sir David Frost, Collins questions the British military presence in Iraq. But he says he is more optimistic about progress in Iraq than at any time since the war began. 
 
Collins also calls on the Iraqi government and the international community to engage the Shia cleric Muqtada al Sadr in dialogue.
 

Frost over the World airs at 18:00GMT every Friday on Al Jazeera English and is repeated during the week.
 
This episode of Frost over the World aired on Friday, May 16, 2008


 
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