Battle Lines: Anti-colonial riots in New Caledonia, humanitarian crisis in Sudan, oil rush in the South Pole

New Caledonia's High Commissioner residency
France's President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech at New Caledonia's High Commissioner residency in Noumea - LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP

On today’s episode of Battle Lines we speak to The Telegraph’s Paris correspondent Henry Samuel about the unlikely link between Azerbaijan and pro independence riots in France’s Pacific island of New Caledonia. Then, Africa correspondent Ben Farmer describes the dire humanitarian situation in the besieged Sudanese city of El Fashir. Finally, we speak to Energy Editor Jonathan Leake about how the discovery of oil near Antarctica could spark a rush for resources at the South Pole.

Across the world, from Europe to Asia, from the Americas to the Middle East, tensions are rising between nation states as the traditional alliances and alignments evolve in the 21st century.

This year sees war in Europe and the Middle East, and elections in major economies, from the US and the UK to Taiwan. Insurgencies flare in Yemen and Burma, tensions escalate in East Africa, and all around the world the international security architecture buckles under increasing pressure.

Battle Lines, a new podcast from The Telegraph, combines on-the-ground reporting with analytical expertise to help the listener to better understand the course of world politics, wars and tensions, as fault lines grind and slip in an increasingly dangerous and confusing multipolar world.

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