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Amanpour is CNN International's flagship global affairs interview program hosted by Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour.

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Karzai: Afghanistan "doomed" unless women are included Amanpour
In today's Amanpour, recorded live from Kabul, Christiane opens the show by interviewing former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai. He tells her that his country is doomed if women are not part of its future. Then, UN special envoy to Afghanistan Deborah Lyons, who's had more meetings with the Taliban than any other western official, weighs in. 

Also in today's show: DNC Chairman Jaime Harrison, New Order's Stephen Morris and Bernie Sumner.
May 20, 2022
'They are afraid of an educated woman' Amanpour
Every new dawn in Afghanistan seems to bring with it a new Taliban edict against women. Tolo News – Afghanistan’s leading independent news channel – has been told by the Ministry of Virtue that its female presenters must cover their faces when anchoring. Tolo has a long history of success and sacrifice, with a display case in their bureau dedicated to two reporters killed in a bomb attack in 2018. Despite everything, it’s managed to stay on the air, and female staff play a leading role. But now ...Show moretheir future is in jeopardy, as Christiane found out today when she visited their newsroom. 

Also on today's show: US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko, Afghanistan National Institute of Music founder Ahmad Naser Sarmast, Brown University Professor of Economics Emily Oster.
May 20, 2022
Resisting the Taliban with a needle and thread Amanpour
A damning new report released today from a US watchdog blames both the Trump and Biden administration for the swift collapse of the Afghan military in August last year. Afghans are now living with the consequences, with women and girls bearing the biggest burdens. After 20 years of progress, many of their rights are slipping away, with secondary girl students still barred from public school. Despite their fears, though, girls are continuing the fight right under the Taliban’s nose. Today Christi...Show moreane visited one former fashion studio, where the tools of resistance are needle and thread. 

Also in today's show: Afghan women’s rights activist Fatima Gailani, Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Bloomberg Managing Editor of Crypto Stacy-Marie Ishmael.
May 18, 2022
Special Report: Humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan Amanpour
Afghanistan has fallen from the world’s attention since the Taliban’s takeover and the chaotic American withdrawal nine months ago. But for almost everyone in the country, life has become a daily struggle against poverty. Children are particularly hard hit, with more than a million facing acute malnutrition according to UNICEF. Christiane witnessed all this firsthand, visiting a humanitarian distribution center, a hospital, and a family home. Following her special report, she's joined by the Wor...Show moreld Food Programme’s country director in Kabul. 

Also in today's show: Part two of Christiane's exclusive conversation with Taliban deputy leader and acting Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani, in which she presses him on women’s rights and whether the Taliban will commit to a more inclusive government and future elections; an Afghan women's rights activist; and former FBI special agent and domestic terrorism expert Tom O'Connor.
May 17, 2022
World exclusive interview with Taliban leader Sirajuddin Haqqani Amanpour
Today's show features part one of Christiane's world exclusive interview with Afghanistan's Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani, head of the feared extremist Haqqani Network. The Taliban leader has never done an interview with his face showing and has never sat on camera with a western news organization -- certainly not with a female journalist. The US government says Haqqani has American blood on his hands and there’s a $10 million reward for information leading to his arrest. Yet top western ...Show moreofficials point to Haqqani’s anti-terrorism measures in office and women working in his own ministry. 

Also in today's show: Laurel Miller and Margot Wallström. Miller served as America’s acting special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan during the Obama and Trump administrations, while Sweden’s Wallström put feminism at the heart of her country’s foreign policy during her time as foreign minister. And, Walter Isaacson interviews David Gergen about the latter's new book, Hearts Touched With Fire: How Great Leaders Are Made.
May 16, 2022
Esper on his new memoir, "A Sacred Oath" Amanpour
Former US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper was sworn in just days before that now infamous phone call in 2019 where then-President Trump repeatedly asked Ukraine’s President Zelensky to investigate the Bidens in return for military aid. Esper’s new memoir, A Sacred Oath, is filled with explosive and instructive behind-the-scenes examples of what it was like working for the most disruptive American president in modern times, and he joins the show to discuss. 

Also in today's episode: British-American filmmaker Louis Theroux discusses his latest documentary series, Forbidden America; iPhone co-creator Tony Fadell on his new "advice encyclopedia," BUILD.
May 13, 2022
On Finland and Sweden joining NATO Amanpour
n a historic change for a once neutral country, driven by its neighbor Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Finland's leaders today said their country must apply for NATO membership "without delay". They share a 13-hundred-kilometre border with Russia, and as expected the Kremlin swiftly called the move "a threat," but  Finnish president Sauli Niinisto pointed the finger squarely at Putin. Meanwhile neighboring Sweden, which has an even longer history of neutrality, is also expected to make a decision ...Show moreon NATO in the coming days. Joining Christiane to discuss are former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt and former Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb. 

Also on today's show: singer, songwriter, actor, activist, and new author Janelle Monáe; author Reshma Saujani.
May 12, 2022
US Senate's symbolic vote to codify Roe v. Wade Amanpour
The US Senate votes today on a measure that would codify Roe v. Wade. Democratic leadership strongly backs its passage but didn’t expect it to get close to the filibuster-proof 60 votes required. The purpose is more symbolic, shining a spotlight on which senators – and which parties – are for and against abortion rights. The ACLU’s Alexa Kolbi-Molinas recently argued a case on abortion rights before the Supreme Court and joins the show. 

Also in today's episode: Audrey Diwan, director of "Hap...Show morepening," a new French film that takes a bracing look at the realities of life before abortion was legal ... Professor and author Richard L. Hasen on how to cure the disinformation that poisons politics.
May 11, 2022
The climate impact of weaning off Russian oil Amanpour
As Europe and the G7 plan to phase out Russian oil, could this help or hurt the struggle for green energy? Joining the show to discuss this is US climate envoy John Kerry. 

Also on today's show: One of the world's top Russia historians and authors, Simon Sebag Montefiore; journalist Judith Warner.
May 10, 2022
Putin offers few clues in Victory Day speech Amanpour
In perhaps the most anticipated Victory Day parade in recent memory, Russian military might was on full display this morning in Moscow. But President Vladimir Putin, while defiant, delivered a short speech without declaring victory in Ukraine, or formally declaring war and mass mobilization, or indeed any battlefield plans. Instead, Putin again defended his actions and again claimed that he had no other choice. Andrei Kozyrev has unique insight into the Kremlin leadership, having served as the R...Show moreussian Federation's first foreign minister in the 1990s. 

Also in today's show: Ben Hodges, Former Commanding General, U.S. Army Europe; Eliyahu Stern, Professor of Modern Jewish History, Yale University
May 9, 2022
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