John Howard served almost 12 years as Australia's prime minister. He was described by George W Bush as a man of steel and a staunch defender of freedom. But what is his legacy and is Australia a stronger country now than when he took office?
In this clip he talks about his relationship with President Bush and his decision to send troops to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Watch the full interview with John Howard on HARDtalk on Thursday 29th October 2009.
BBC World: 0430, 0930, 1430, 1830, 2130 GMT.
BBC News Channel: 2330 GMT and on Friday 30th October at 0430 and 2330 GMT