Ghida Fakhry hosts a current affairs program on TRT World about global issues and international power politics. In a rapidly changing world, the traditional influence of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council is being challenged by new emerging forces. Through original reports, news-making interviews and expert analysis, Bigger Than Five offers a critical look at the issues that matter. We scrutinize foreign policy decisions made in Washington DC and other centers of power and look at their impact on the rest of the world. Bigger Than Five is about challenging the status quo and those who make decisions that shape our world -- and affect us all.

World Economic Forum in Davos - Day 4

January 2019

Making Globalization Work: Climate, Inclusiveness and International Governance Top Agenda of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2019

World Economic Forum in Davos - Day 1

January 2019

Making Globalization Work: Climate, Inclusiveness and International Governance Top Agenda of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2019

The US-Saudi Affair

October 2018

Will the US Congress force President Trump to seek the truth behind the killing of Jamal Khashoggi – or will it be business as usual? Bigger Than Five takes a closer look at the domestic and international implications as well as the potential fallout in the US-Saudi affair.

Is the UN still relevant?

September 2018

The United Nations wants to find ways to be relevant to all people. But with ongoing global conflicts creating humanitarian crises, Bigger Than Five asks: Is the UN doing enough to put people ahead of politics?

The Russian Connection

July 2018
Will President Trump’s decision to embrace the Russian President and defend the Kremlin against allegations of meddling in the US election create a lasting divide between America and its NATO allies and deepen the suspicions surrounding the US-Russian connection? We look at the fallout and speak with a former foreign policy advisor to the Trump campaign.

Trump's Trade War

June 2018
As President Trump pushes his America First agenda in an escalating trade war, what will this latest move mean for the existing global order and the fraying western alliance? We speak with a leading conservative member of the Republican Party in the US House of Representatives, Jim Jordan, who is also a staunch ally of President Donald Trump; we gauge the mood among Pennsylvania’s steel workers and explore the economic and political costs of Trump’s trade tariffs with a former trade advisor to the Trump presidential campaign and leading economists.


Confronting Iran

May 2018
President Trump has pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal and imposed the toughest sanctions against Iran. We look at the motives behind the decision - and the fallout. Is the US administration setting the stage for a new military confrontation in the Middle East? Is Trump answering a threat or pushing for regime change in Iran? We speak with the President of the International Crisis Group, and a former US diplomat and hostage in Iran. We also gauge the mood on the streets of Tehran and look at the regional rivalry reshaping the Middle East.

Cuba After The Castros

April 2018
With President Raul Castro stepping down, Cuba is ushering in a new era. Will it lead to big changes on the island and why has the US resumed its hostility towards Havana? Join me as I take a closer look at Cuba After the Castros. On this program, we hear from Cubans on both sides of the political divide; the Castro Generations and the Florida Exiles. We talk to a leading US lobbyist about President Trump's decision to reverse his predecessor's policy of engagement, and we ask the experts about the US trade embargo and its impact on the future of US-Cuba relations in an era of challenges and changes.

A Nation of Immigrants?

March 2018
With a border wall, daily deportations and uncertainty for hundreds of thousands of undocumented residents, how should this Nation of Immigrants fix its own immigration system? In this episode we take a close look at President Trump’s immigration policies and ask if the US is turning its back on its own history. We travel to Mexico City to speak with former Mexican President, Felipe Calderon. We interview a Republican US Congressman on Capitol Hill and hear from loyal Trump supporters in the US. We also meet a young DREAMER who has recently been deported to Mexico.

The Jerusalem Question: What does ‘Off the table’ mean for peace?

January 2018
As President Trump marks a year in office, we examine one of his most controversial moves: to take Jerusalem 'off the table' in future peace talks. We speak to former US administration officials about the new style and substance of the Trump administration's approach to peace efforts in the Middle East. We debate the issue with leading members of the US Jewish community whose views represent both sides of the spectrum. We explore the risks of Trump's new policy and ask: is it time for a one state solution?

2017 in Review

December 2017
‘Genocide’ in Myanmar, a political earthquake in the Middle East and a US president acting as disruptor-in-chief. In this program, we look back at the news stories that had the biggest impact around the world in 2017. We speak with the Head of the UN Department for Humanitarian Affairs about the war in Yemen and the situation in Myanmar; we hear from an international panel of journalists about the nuclear crisis with North Korea; we gauge the mood in Congress over the lack of military oversight and we sit down for conversation and coffee with two leading observers of US history and politics.

Climate of Change? Two Years after Paris

December 2017
Two years after the Paris agreement to fight climate change, the US is on the way out. Will the remaining countries be able to deliver on the promises made? Can China lead the way? On this program, we sit down for an interview with the CEO of the World Bank to discuss what financial institutions, governments and the private sector are doing to make the transition to a low-carbon economy. We also look at the nexus between global warming and national security. Is climate change a 'threat multiplier' as the Pentagon has concluded in previous reports? We look at the evidence and talk to the experts. 


One Year Since the US Election: The Trump Effect

November 2017
He wants to make America great again but what difference has Donald Trump made on the world stage, one year since his election? The experts give their verdict as we take a look at the effect Trump's election has had on the US' standing in the world today. How has the Trump administration's handling of major foreign policy issues, including North Korea's nuclear program, affected its position as the world's Superpower?

Time For Change at the UN? 

September 2017
Bigger Than Five looks at the state of the United Nations - asking what reforms are needed for it to stay relevant in a rapidly changing world. “As world citizens we all have a stake in how effective and credible the UN is. So we'll be putting tough questions to UN insiders and getting expert opinions on what comes next.” On this special program, we look at some of the world's global conflicts and crises. We ask: is there injustice at the heart of the UN system and what needs to change?