In August, Fatah fighters who fled from Hamas gunmen in the Gaza Strip were detained by the Israeli army [GALLO/GETTY]

In this episode of Frost over the World, Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian prime minister, reflects on the events of 2008, considers whether the election of Barack Obama has increased optimism in the Middle East, and discusses his hopes for the year ahead.

This episode of Frost over the World aired from Friday, December 19, 2008

Salam Fayyad

 

The Palestinian prime minister talks to Sir David Frost about the main challenges facing the Palestinian people and the peace process in 2009.

Abhisit Vejjajiva

   

This week, the Thai opposition formed a new government and Abhisit Vejjajiva became the country's new prime minister. He talks to Sir David.

Plus, Barbara Stocking, the chief executive of Oxfam, discusses the impact of the financial crisis and global warming on the work of charities around the world.

Mia Farrow

   

Award-winning actress Mia Farrow has just returned from the Democratic Republic of Congo. She talks to Sir David about the humanitarian crisis there and about her work as a Unicef goodwill ambassador.



Gilles Kepel and Steven Johnson

   

Gilles Kepel, an expert on Islam and the Arab world, talks about his new book, Beyond Terror and Martyrdom, and explains why both George Bush and Osama bin Laden have lost the 'war on terror'.

Plus, Steven Johnson, the author of The Invention of Air, discusses the relationship between science, religion and politics.

Source: Al Jazeera