Dana Lewis is a veteran World Affairs Correspondent. He's been everywhere. From war zones to the streets of London where he is based. And he loves talking to people about whats behind the headlines. Award winning. "A real in the trenches reporter". Great interviewing skills and easy to listen to.


November 24, 2023 42 mins

Join us Host Dana Lewis on journey into the heart of ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and Gaza. This episode arms you with insights from US Army (Ret) Lieutenant General Ben Hodges and security analyst Zoran Kusovac, unpacking the tenuous nature of the Gaza ceasefire and hostage exchange agreements.  

Our conversation with Lieutenant General Ben Hodges brings into sharp focus the stark realities of the Ukraine-Russia war and t...

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On this Back Story host Dana Lewis interviews Israeli diplomat and former Government advisor Alon Pinkas;

-Can Hamas be removed from Gaza?
-Could an International force replace Israeli troops, with the UN leading a new Gaza for Palestinians?
-What are the risks of a wider conflict?
-And Israel's War Cabinet and Netanyahu's narrowing window on Governing his Country

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Can Hamas be removed from power in Gaza?

In this probing discourse, we engage with Israeli Army Spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner and Palestinian lawmaker Mustafa Barghouti. 
We aim to shed light on this intense conflict, the war in Gaza, the contentious ground war, and the emotive information war.

 What are the military objectives - their achievability, their focus on targeting Hamas' regime, and...

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Join us as we traverse the complex terrain of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with Yossi Beilin, a key figure in crafting the original Oslo peace accords. Yossi's insightful reflections on the current crisis in Gaza shine a light on the international outcry and the potential routes towards a resolution.  

 Beilin blames Israeli P.M. Netanyahu for the current crisis in Israel, and for allowing Hamas to strengthen, ign...

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Unfiltered analysis of Israel's ongoing conflict with Hamas and Hezbollah. This episode promises to unravel the complexities of Israel's military response to Hamas' brutal attacks, the potential of a reoccupation of Gaza, the risks and challenges, and the possibility of this being Israel's very own Pearl Harbor moment. Hear from Jonathan Panikoff, a former US career intelligence officer, and military affairs cor...

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October 12, 2023 50 mins

Have you ever wondered how it feels to lose your loved ones to senseless violence? 
Ilan Troin, a grieving father who lost his daughter and stepson to the ongoing conflict in Israel, shares his heart-wrenching story. The devastating cost of a well planned shocking and inhuman attack by the terror group Hamas.

Beyond personal stories, we delve into the geopolitical factors behind the conflict. Ibrahim Hazboun, a seasone...

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This episode brings you a fascinating discussion that challenges you to rethink your understanding of the crisis between Ukraine and Russia. Featuring our esteemed guests, Oleksandra  Matviichuk, a human rights war crimes investigator, and Richard Gowan from the International Crisis Group, we shed light on the importance of shifting the narrative from 'helping Ukraine not to fail' to 'helping Ukraine win fast'. ...

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September 28, 2023 34 mins

Ever wondered why more than 300 London Met police officers decided to protest by refusing to carry firearms? Are you intrigued by the intricate labyrinth of laws, ethics, and emotions surrounding police use of lethal force? This episode of Backstory with Dana Lewis discusses this complex issue. We welcome Tony Long, a former Metropolitan Police Specialist Firearms Officer and author of 'Lethal Force,' to share his firstha...

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On Back Story this week host Dana Lewis examines where does the West truly stand when it comes to Iran's volatile human rights scenario, particularly concerning women? This thought-provoking question sets the tone for our in-depth conversation with Azadeh Zabeti, from the Committee of Anglo-Iranian Lawyers. We shine a light on the distressing state of the women's movement in Iran and unpack a new bill passed in the Irania...

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Buckle up as we dive into the murky waters of international politics with our esteemed guest, former CIA intelligence analyst Sue Mi Terry, and Professor Robert English. This episode takes you to the heart of the surprising alliance between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin. We dissect the possible implications of this event, the potential impact on the conflict in Ukraine, and the threats this un...

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August 31, 2023 52 mins

On this Back Story Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges tells host Dana Lewis he expects a breakthrough is coming in Ukraine's counter attack against Russia.

And journalist Fred Weir on Putin's grip on power in a fragmented inner circle of the Kremlin. It's not the iron grip you think it is.

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August 22, 2023 34 mins

On this week we explore the Ukrainian counter offensive and questions of long term support for Ukraine, if it's unable to crack the Russian occupation and take back seized land.
A wide ranging discussion with Int. Crisis Group Alissa De Carbonell, also a former Moscow based Journalist like host Dana Lewis who was based in Russia for 12 years.

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June 28, 2023 47 mins

On Back Story this week we speak to former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, who says in the wake of an attempted coup by Wagner, President Putin is dramatically weakened and predicts his time is over soon.

And Soufan Group's Jason Blazakis on calls for Wagner to be deemed a terrorist organization so  Governments can cutoff it's funding and bring it's members to justice.

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On this Back Story an interview with Jade McGlynn, from the Department of War Studies at Kings College on Putin's Russia.

Dana Lewis speaks to McGlynn about how Putin uses politics of the past to frame his war in Ukraine, and campaign for a new Russian Empire. 

Some of the methods were used by Soviet leaders of the past. 

They are lies wrapped in powerful emotive images of Russia's Great Patriot...

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May 25, 2023 45 mins

This week who are these Russian Nationalists who attacked Russian territories from Ukraine?

They have promised more attacks and the overthrow of President Putin and they appear to have backing from  Ukrainian Authorities.

Host Dana Lewis  talks to a member of the Freedom of Russia Legion, Ilya Ponomarev who says they were indeed armed by Ukraine and received clearance to attack Russia.

And an expert on fa...

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On this Back Story former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton on Russia and China, and the war in Ukraine.

And, Author of Flying In The Face of Fear, fighter pilot Kim 'Killer Chick' Campbell, on lessons learned about life and leadership from the cockpit of an A-10 Thunderbolt over Iraq.

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On this Back Story Dana Lewis speaks to UK (Ret) Rear Admiral John Gower, who says Russia is increasing the nuclear threat level as President Putin pledged to move tactical nuclear weapons to neighbouring Belarus.

Gower also speaks about why nuclear submarines for Australia are needed, but cautions about why arming those SSNs with cruise missiles,  if indeed the U.S. proceeds with rearming it's cruise missile arsenal ...

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Did Russia just mortgage the Kremlin to China?

At a 2 day summit in Moscow, Chinese leader Xi and Russian President Putin spoke of their close friendship.

Russia isolated by international sanctions because of it's bloody invasion of Ukraine, now counts on China to buy it's oil and gas and possibly provide lethal military aid.

On this Back Story Host Dana Lewis talks to U.S. Ambassador Douglas Lu...

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March 2, 2023 40 mins

On this Back Story Tuft's Univ. Michael Beckley predicts China is going to take the step of providing lethal aid to Russia in it's war in Ukraine. That's despite dire warnings form Western Nations including America. 

And Kyiv Post reporter Jason Smart on the information war between Ukraine and Russia, and why opinions matter in sustaining the war effort. 

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February 9, 2023 42 mins

On this Back Story the Wagner Group, meddling in Africa, fighting in Ukraine, who are they? Guns for hire, unleashed by the Kremlin.   We talk to Soufan Center expert Colin Clarke. 

And from Kyiv, Life Line Charity's Paul Niland on the war in Ukraine.

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