Frost Over the World
The impact of bin Laden's death
What does the death of the iconic al-Qaeda leader mean to Barack Obama, the US and the world?
Last Modified: 08 May 2011 10:21
Osama bin Laden's death

The death of Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader, has dominated the news last week. As new details of the mission trickle out each day, what does the death of bin Laden mean to Barack Obama, the US president, the US and the world as a whole? How is his death affecting al-Qaeda and the global threat of terrorism? What does it mean for the next US presidential elections? How will it impact the US war in Afghanistan? And how will the killing affect US-Pakistan relations?

Joining Sir David to discuss these issues are: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward, who has had intimate access to the Obama administration and is the author of the book Obama's war; John Bolton, the former US ambassador to the UN and a possible Republican candidate for the next US presidential election race; and Wajid Shamsul Hasan, the Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK.

The Palestinian unity deal

Paloma Faith, the singer and songwriter, has sold more than 300,000 albums across the world. She has become a sensation with her smoky voice, soul-meets-jazz-meets-pop-sound. Her look and performances are unique and have a real flair, but she has had to rise above a few preconceptions along the way, particularly in the UK. Paloma Faith joins Sir David in the studio to talk about her musical career and what lies ahead.

Representatives of Palestinian factions met in Cairo earlier this week to mark a landmark reconciliation agreement. Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, announced the deal between his party, Fatah, which governs the West Bank, and Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip. But Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, is calling it a hard blow to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The prime minister is urging international leaders to reject the deal.

Sir David is joined by Mark Regev, the Israeli spokesman, to discuss the impact of the Palestinian unity deal on Israel and on the Middle East peace process.

This episode of Frost Over the World aired from Friday, May 6, 2011.

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