September 6th, 2012
11:07 AM ET

Erdoğan on why no U.S. military intervention in Syria: "maybe it's because of the elections"

On the Wednesday, September 5th edition of Amanpour Christiane Amanpour spoke with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a wide-ranging interview covering the humanitarian crisis inside Syria, challenges to democracy and media freedom inside Turkey, and peace between Israelis and Palestinians.  Specifically to a question regarding whether he believes that the U.S. election is to blame for why America has not engaged Syria militarily, Mr. Erdoğan said: FULL POST

July 17th, 2012
08:21 PM ET

Amanpour in Jerusalem with Tony Blair: "I would have liked staying as prime minister"

CNN's Christiane Amanpour anchored her program from Jerusalem, Israel, on the Tuesday, July 17th edition of AMANPOUR.  Amanpour interviewed former British Prime Minister Tony Blair about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the way forward in Syria, and (transcript excerpt pasted below) whether he would run for prime minister again:

AMANPOUR: Is there more public office in view for Tony Blair?  Everybody’s talking about how you’re positioning yourself to make a comeback.

BLAIR:  I’m not really.  It’s just that people ask you the question in a way that says, you know, rule it out, and I kind of think, well, why should I?  But that’s not the same as planning to do it.  You know what I mean?

So I - I’m a public service person.  You know, I would have liked staying as prime minister.  I would have taken the European job had it been offered me.  So that’s my preference.  But I’m also enjoying the life I’ve got and doing lots of things and you know, I kind of let the future take care of itself.

AMANPOUR:  You didn’t want to step down?

BLAIR:  It was - you know, it became very difficult for me to stay, other than a lot of damage to my party, but also probably to my country.  So I decided to go.  And I’d done it ten years, you know, it’s a long time.

AMANPOUR:  Sounds like you’re keeping the door open, though.

BLAIR:  It's literally - I mean, maybe I should just shut it, but I just kind of think, “Why?” I mean, you know, the - so, look, I've still got plenty of ideas and energy. But I can't see anything happening on the horizon.  I'm not planning or plotting or scheming.

AMANPOUR:  All right.  Tony Blair, thank you very much indeed.

BLAIR:  Thank you.  Thank you.

Amanpour airs weekdays on CNN International at 3:00pm with a replay at 5:00pm Eastern in the U.S.   The full transcript for this program is available here.  In Europe, Amanpour airs on CNN Internatioanl at 21:00 CET, with a replay at 23:00 CET.

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July 17th, 2012
01:02 PM ET

Amanpour in Jerusalem: What ever happened to the peace process?

CNN's Christiane Amanpour anchored her program from Jerusalem, Israel, on the Monday, July 16th edition of AMANPOUR.  Amanpour debriefs U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for viewers, her outreach to Israel on the peace process and concerns over Iran.  Amanpour also interviewed the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, Dr. Salam Fayyad, who describes the financial crisis faced by his government, acknowledging that some donor countries of the Arab League have not met their financial pledges.

Amanpour airs weekdays on CNN International at 3:00pm with a replay at 5:00pm Eastern in the U.S.   The full transcript for this program is available here.  In Europe, Amanpour airs on CNN Internatioanl at 21:00 CET, with a replay at 23:00 CET.

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July 12th, 2012
01:59 PM ET

Melinda Gates: "We will save the lives of 3 million babies over the next eight years...avert 50 million abortions..."

For the Wednesday, July 11th edition of Amanpour, host Christiane Amanpour interviewed Melinda Gates, co-chair of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Jane Otai senior community advisor for Kenya Urban Reproductive, from the London Summit on Family Planning.  Gates relates the implementation of family planning as key to women and families lifting themselves out of poverty and the education of children.

The full transcript of this interview is available here:  AMANPOUR transcript – July 11.

Amanpour airs weekdays on CNN International at 3:00pm with a replay at 5:00pm Eastern in the U.S.  In Europe, Amanpour airs on CNN Internatioanl at 21:00 CET, with a replay at 23:00 CET.

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July 9th, 2012
07:32 PM ET

Dimitri Simes on Syria: "[Russia] would not resist such an intervention..."

For the Monday, July 9th edition of Amanpour, host Christiane Amanpour interviewed the president of the Center for the National Interest, Dimitri Simes, for insights into Russia's  resistance to Western intervention in Syria – and asked whether that position may be evolving.  This is a portion of that exchange:

AMANPOUR:  Well, you say Russia wouldn't resist.  Do you mean if the United States decided to gather its own coalition and do, for instance, what it did in Kosovo, do an end run around Russia, that Russia would not resist?

SIMES:  Well, since you asked, recently had a top-level Russian delegation hosted by the Center for the National Interest, it included a senior Russians official being there in an official capacity.  And we had a private dinner this question was raised, and the answer was very clear.  Russia would not welcome such an intervention; Russia would not approve such an intervention.  It would not resist such an intervention and this intervention would not become a major issue in the U.S.-Russian relationship.

Amanpour airs weekdays on CNN International at 3:00pm with a replay at 5:00pm Eastern in the U.S.   The full transcript for this program is available here.  In Europe, Amanpour airs on CNN Internatioanl at 21:00 CET, with a replay at 23:00 CET.

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July 5th, 2012
06:01 PM ET

Pena Nieto: "I am the president by decision of the majority of Mexico"

Mexico's Enrique Pena Nieto joined Christiane Amanpour to talk about his nation's presidential election results, how he plans to combat corruption and the drug wars in Mexico, and how he plans to govern.

Amanpour airs weekdays on CNN International at 3:00pm with a replay at 5:00pm Eastern in the U.S.   In Europe, Amanpour airs on CNN Internatioanl at 21:00 CET, with a replay at 23:00 CET.

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July 5th, 2012
11:06 AM ET

Enrique Pena Nieto on today's AMANPOUR

Mexico's election runoff election will be among the topics discussed on CNN International's AMANPOUR today.  Enrique Pena Nieto will join Christiane Amanpour to talk about the election results, his challenger, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, and how he plans to lead.

Amanpour airs weekdays on CNN International at 3:00pm with a replay at 5:00pm Eastern in the U.S.   In Europe, Amanpour airs on CNN Internatioanl at 21:00 CET, with a replay at 23:00 CET.

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July 2nd, 2012
08:12 PM ET

Syrian military defector to Amanpour: 'Those who were injected were lucky'

CNN's Christiane Amanpour interviewed Syrian defector Colonel Abdalhamid Zakaria for the Monday, July 2 edition of AMANPOUR.  He described his family's terrifying escape from Aleppo, and the crisis conditions inside Syria's civil unrest.  Zakaria alleges that there are many others like him within the Syrian armed forces that would like to defect from the regime, but says that a complicated network of spies, and intimidating threats of torture have limited them.  He also urges U.S. intervention in Syria.

AMANPOUR airs weekdays on CNN International at 3:00pm with a replay at 5:00pm Eastern in the U.S.,  and at 21:00 with a replay at 23:00 CET, in Central Europe.

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June 28th, 2012
01:51 PM ET

On #Amanpour Today: Fmr. Medicare/Medicaid Administrator, Fmr. Swiss President discuss #SCOTUS Health Care Decision

Former Medicare and Medicaid Administrator Donald Berwick, MD, and former Swiss President Ruth Dreifuss will join Christiane Amanpour for the Thursday, June 28th edition of the program.   Dr. Berwick served in his capacity for the Obama Administration shortly following passage of the Affordable Health Care for America Act (aka, "Obamacare") and will discuss what today's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court means for American health care consumers.

While Ruth Dreifuss served as on the Swiss Federal Council, the Swiss government instituted an individual mandate for private health insurance for its citizens.  She will discuss her nation's experience with that policy  since its implementation in 1996, on today's AMANPOUR.

AMANPOUR airs weekdays on CNN International at 3:00pm with a replay at 5:00pm Eastern in the U.S.,  and at 21:00 with a replay at 23:00 CET, in Central Europe.

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June 25th, 2012
09:55 AM ET

Amanpour airs from Cairo to debrief presidential election results

A special edition of CNN's AMANPOUR will air from Cairo, and debrief the presidential election results on Monday, June 25.  Anchor Christiane Amanpour will be joined by senior international correspondent Ben Wedeman, as well as:

  • Dr. Ahmed Deif, a professor of Nile University in Cairo, and a spokesperson and policy advisor for Muslim Brotherhood President-Elect Mohamed Morsi, and
  • Shahira Amin, an Egyptian television journalist and former deputy head of the state-owned Nile TV

They will discuss what the historic election means for Egypt and the rest of the world, including the future of women's rights, press freedoms, the Egyptian-Israeli peace agreement, and the balance of power between Egypt's new president and Egypt's powerful military.

AMANPOUR airs weekdays on CNN International at 3:00pm with a replay at 5:00pm Eastern in the U.S.,  and at 21:00 with a replay at 23:00 CET, in Central Europe.

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Topics: Africa • Amanpour • Ben Wedeman • Christiane Amanpour • CNN International • Egypt
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