Hillary Clinton, the new US secretary of state, appoints George Mitchell, right, as the US envoy to the Middle East and Richard Holbrooke, left, as the US envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan [AFP]

On this week's Frost Over The World, Sir David talks to Jim Clyburn, a US congressman, about the historic inauguration of Barack Obama and the challenges that lie ahead for the new president.

Also, as Hillary Clinton, the new US secretary of state, named George Mitchell as the US special envoy to the Middle East, Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, talks to Sir David about what this means for the Middle East.

This episode of Frost over the World aired from Friday, January 23, 2009.

Jim Clyburn and Saeb Erekat

 

Sir David talks to Jim Clyburn, a US congressman, about the challenges that lie ahead for Barack Obama.

Plus, Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, discusses the impact the appointment of George Mitchell as US special envoy to the Middle East may have on the region.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi

 

The Pakistani foreign minister talks to Sir David Frost about the appointment of Richard Holbrooke as the US envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan and Pakistan's relations with neighbours Afghanistan and India.

Gillian Slovo

 

The daughter of South African anti-apartheid activists, Joe Slovo and Ruth First, joins the show to discuss her latest book, Black Orchids. The book tells the story of a Sinhalese family who move to England in the 1950s. 

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Panel discussion on religion

   

Is religion responsible for many of the world's problems? Peter Owen-Jones, an Anglican vicar, Ajmal Masroor, a Muslim imam, and James Hider, the author of The Spiders of Allah, discuss.

Also, Charlie Wolf, a US political commentator, discusses whether Obama can fulfill his campaign promises.

 

Source: Al Jazeera