Mehdi Hasan, host of "Upfront" | Al Jazeera English
Is it Over for ISIL?

Is it Over for ISIL?

Is ISIL close to being defeated? In this "Upfront" special, an international panel of analysts examines and debates whether ISIL are on the decline, where they get their financial and ideological support from, and how to stop them. Guests include: Hassan Hassan, a senior fellow at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy; Mia Bloom, Georgia State University professor and author of "Dying to Kill: The Allure of Suicide Terrorism"; and Ahmet Yayla, former Turkish counterterrorism police chief Ahmet Yayla.

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Afghanistan: Is Peace with the Taliban Possible?

In this week's "Upfront" Chief Executive of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah talks about peace talks with the Taliban and the challenges facing his government, which controls barely 55 percent of its own districts.

And in the Arena segment, we debate whether the United States's so-called "war on drugs" has been a failure.

Tackling Climate Change: Where Do We Begin?

The planet is facing a crisis. Temperatures continue to rise, bringing extreme weather, exacerbating food shortages, and leading to the extinction of some species. Scientists have repeatedly warned that the impacts of climate change are becoming irreversible.

What will it take for politicians and the public to tackle climate change and implement policies that bring actual change? And what role does the world economic structure play in perpetuating the crisis?

The Mueller Report: Can Trump Be Impeached?

In this week's "Upfront," 2020 Trump campaign adviser Marc Porter talks about the findings of the Mueller report and whether he thinks the U.S. president obstructed justice.

Also, in a special interview, Nobel Peace laureate and Iranian dissident Shirin Ebadi explains why the government in Iran must change, and how she thinks it can be done.

Is India's PM a Threat to Minorities?

Mehdi Hasan challenges Nalin Kohli, the spokesperson for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), on the party's tacit support of hate speech.

And in the arena, it is discussed whether former ISIL fighters, their wives and children should be allowed back to their home countries.

The Great Inequality Debate

Economist Arthur Laffer, who was an economic adviser to President Reagan, and author Anand Giridharadas discuss inequality, billionaires and oligarchy in the U.S.

According to Trump the U.S. economy is the "best it's ever been." But who's benefiting from this apparent "economic boom?" Is it everyone or just the rich?