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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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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
'Back to the future' in the Philippines? Amanpour
The Philippines is bracing for an important presidential election on Monday. Way ahead in the polls is Ferdinand Marcos Jr., also known as Bongbong, and his running mate Sara Duterte. If those names sound familiar, they should: Marcos is the son of the Philippine dictator of the same name, who became notorious for corruption and human rights abuses, as well as his wife Imelda – and her massive shoe collection. Sara Duterte is the daughter of outgoing strongman leader Rodrigo Duterte, whose rule ...Show morehas been defined by – and condemned for – its bloody war on drugs. Many have forgotten the sins of the fathers and are enthusiastically embracing the Marcos-Duterte ticket. But correspondent Ivan Watson found there are still some unnerved by this ‘back to the future’ prospect. His special report is followed by Christiane's interview with Richard Heydarian, author of The Rise of Duterte. 

Also in today's show: award-winning journalist Farai Chideya, CNN anchor and author Zain Asher.
May 6, 2022
Rep. Speier's personal story of abortion Amanpour
If Roe v. Wade is overturned, more women may die – that is the blunt warning from the director of the CDC, as America grapples with the fallout from the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion. For California Congresswoman Jackie Speier, abortion is a lived experience. In 2011, she became the first member of Congress to share her story on the House floor. The impromptu moment happened after she heard a male colleague discussing the issue. She joins Christiane from California. 

Also on today's show: authors Karen Brooks Hopkins and Kristin Kobes Du Mez.
May 5, 2022
How abortion arrived at the center of US culture wars Amanpour
Americans on both sides of the abortion issue are fired up following the leak of a draft opinion that shows the Supreme Court looks likely to end a women's right to choose after nearly 50 years. The issue has long split the two political parties and the country, but how did it get this way? Francis Schaeffer is an evangelical scholar whose son Frank encouraged him to campaign against Roe v. Wade with Christian literature and movies they were producing. He joins Christiane from Boston to explain why he now regrets the role he played. 

Also on today's show: Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, author John Avlon.
May 4, 2022
Political earthquake about to rock US? Amanpour
The leak of a draft Supreme Court ruling overturning the Roe v. Wade abortion decision is sending shock waves throughout the United States. For decades, right-wing activists kept the fight against ‘Roe’ at the heart of America’s culture wars. Carrie Severino is the president of one such organization: the Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative legal advocacy group. She claims the draft ruling accomplishes many of her life's ambitions and she joins Christiane from Arlington, Virginia. Severino is...Show more followed by Gloria Steinem, who's been at the forefront of defending Roe v. Wade since the beginning. She sees the Supreme Court ruling as a threat not just to women, but to American democracy. 

Also on today's show: Jonathan Powell, former Chief of Staff to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who dealt face-to-face with Vladimir Putin many times; and Bill Gates, who discusses his new book, How to Prevent the Next Pandemic.
May 3, 2022
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