Cyril Vanier is joining CNN International as an Atlanta-based anchor, it was announced today by Mike McCarthy, Senior Vice President and General Manager of CNN International. He will anchor Europe morning editions of CNN Newsroom starting this Friday.
Vanier comes to CNNI from France 24, where he was most recently an anchor and international affairs editor in Paris. In addition to anchoring the network’s flagship shows, he also reported on major breaking news stories across the Middle East and Africa – Tunisia, Mali, Afghanistan and Libya – as well as France, where he covered the terror attacks at Charlie Hebdo and the Bataclan concert hall.
McCarthy said: “We’re pleased to welcome Cyril to CNN International. His extensive field experience across Europe, Africa and the Middle East together with his versatility as a journalist will enhance our programming and network as a whole."
CNN is expanding its presence in France with the hiring of Melissa Bell, who leaves France 24 to become the network’s Paris Correspondent. Bell will join CNN’s longtime Senior International Correspondent Jim Bittermann in early October, it was announced today by Tony Maddox, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of CNN International.
Bell most recently served as a Paris-based international affairs editor and correspondent for France 24, covering major news stories for the network’s French and English channels. For the last 18 months she has been a valuable resource for CNN, contributing reports across all of CNN’s platforms on stories like the Charlie Hebdo and Bataclan concert hall terrorist attacks, the Mali hotel siege and the Bastille Day attack in Nice.
Said Maddox: “France has always been important to CNN, but since the Charlie Hebdo attack the number of globally important stories from there and its neighboring countries has made it more significant than ever. We sought out Melissa for her expertise on many of these stories. She is an outstanding addition to the CNN family.” FULL POST
Sunday's CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS featured an interview with former jihadi and counter-extremism expert Maajid Nawaz, co-founder of Quilliam Foundation, a counter-extremism group. Nawaz discusses how partisan politics in the U.S. and Europe are blinding the world from effectively fighting what he describes as a "global Jihadist insurgency." Nawaz also discusses why religious extremism is attractive to young people born and raised in the West, and his own journey from extremist to a founder of an organization working to stop radicalization and promote tolerance and democracy. Below, is a full transcript of the interview – Nawaz also appears in Fareed Zakaria's special one-hour investigation into the origins and aims of the terror group known as "ISIS" or "Daesh," that airs tonight,Tuesday, Nov. 17. Blindsided: How ISIS Shook the World airs at 9:00pm Eastern on CNN/U.S.
Today's CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS featured Secretary of State John Kerry discussing the next steps for the U.S. response to the crisis in Syria and Iraq. This interview took place in the Benjamin Franklin room at the U.S. State Department on Wednesday, Nov. 11.
THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.
John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State: I mean there is a concerted strategy here, Fareed. You know, I keep hearing people say well, what's the strategy, what's the strategy? The strategy is clear. President Obama, at the very beginning, said we're going to degrade and defeat ISIL. We're going to stabilize the countries in the region - Jordan, Lebanon, work with Turkey - and we are going to seek a political settlement.
That is exactly the strategy today and it is working, to a degree, not as fast as we would like, perhaps, but we are making gains. We have liberated major communities. About 75 percent of the border between northern Syria and Turkey has been secured. You have another piece where we are engaging in an operation with the Turks to secure the final piece west of the Euphrates River.
There is pressure being put on Raqqa. There are major disruptions to the leadership and command and control of ISIL. Their territory has been shrunk by some 17,000 square kilometers.
There's a difference in the way they have to operate as a result of our operations. And I believe that when you combine what is happening in Iraq with what is happening in Syria, there's an enormous amount of pressure that is continually being ramped up with respect to ISIL.
Now, ultimately, we want more forces on the ground to be able to - not ours - they're going to have to be people on the ground...
ZAKARIA: But isn't that the key, which is in Syria, you can defeat ISIL or Daesh, but then somebody has to govern that real estate?
ZAKARIA: And what has tended to happen is, you know, there - we don't have local partners other than the Kurds. You leave - or the victorious forces leave, and ISIL will come back or Assad comes back. There aren't - those moderate Syrians, just by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs' own admission - there just aren't many of them.
KERRY: We understand that. But on the other hand, if - if you can move rapidly towards a political settlement, rapidly, over the next six months, towards an election, etc.; if you could have a ceasefire, if - these are all ifs; I understand that. But you have to have several strategies. And we do.
One is the military pressure against ISIL, the military pressure that has taken place from the moderate opposition against Assad, and the political track, where we're trying to get the parties united. And in - two weeks ago in Vienna, we had a major step forward where everybody, including Iran and Russia, signed on to a unified secular Syria, to maintaining the structures of the government, to all opposing ISIL, and to protecting minorities, coming up with a - with a process that leads to an election. And now we're working at doing that.
Iran and Russia and all of the rest of our partners - Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, etc. - are committed to driving this political process that will have a transitional council that will begin to take over management of certain activities in Syria yet to be defined and determined in the negotiation, and that will lead to a sort of transitional process.
And ultimately, that is where we hope the issue of Assad and his future will be resolved.
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