August 8th, 2012
12:54 PM ET

Livni: "Any American president should and can work with any Israeli prime minister - and vice versa"

CNN's Christiane Amanpour interviewed former Israeli Foreign Minister and former Kadima Party chair, Tzipi Livni about Israel and partisan politics in the upcoming national elections in America, debate in Israel over benefits for the Haredim, the deteriorating situation in Syria, and the international response to Iran.  The full transcript for this program is available here.

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 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 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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May 16th, 2012
08:36 PM ET

Egyptian presidential candidate sounds off on U.S. presidential campaign rhetoric

Egyptian presidential frontrunner Dr. Amr Moussa joined CNN International's Christiane Amanpour for the Wednesday, May 16 edition of Amanpour.  Dr. Moussa discussed what he thought about the potential policy implications for a Romney Administration for his region.  This was his response:

CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR, HOST OF "AMANPOUR":  What do you make of the challengers, the Republican challengers. Now it’s basically boiled down to Mitt Romney. Their potential policy in your region.

DR. AMR MOUSSA, EGYPTIAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE:  Well, I take what Mr. Romney says as electoral rhetoric. And I hope that if elected he will reconsider such positions that if, really, he means what he says, will be detrimental to the interests and prestige and relations of the United States with the whole of this region.

AMANPOUR:  Specifically what?

MOUSSA:  Well if, if, if his position is that aligned to the, the, the most fanatic Israeli current policies, Israeli current policy, so it will be very negative I must say.

Amanpour airs weekdays on CNN International at 3:00pm with a replay at 5:00pm Eastern in the U.S.  and at 21:00 CET, with a replay at 23:00 CET.  The full transcript for this program will be posted here later today.

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April 30th, 2012
03:35 PM ET

Fmr. Israeli Prime Minister Olmert: "I know one thing...the Iranian leadership has not gone beyond a certain line for the time being of developing the nuclear program"

For the Monday, April 30 edition of Amanpour, host Christiane Amanpour interviewed former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Iran's nuclear program and the ongoing uprising inside Syria.  This is the exchange regarding Mr. Olmert's views on the security intelligence regarding Iran:

CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR, HOST of ‘AMANPOUR’ on CNN INTERNATIONAL:  There’s a big debate going on within Israel right now, mostly by the security community. Meir Dagan, the former head of Mossad, in fact, your current head of the IDF, General Benny Gantz and others, calling the Iranian leadership rational and questioning whether there should be a rush to military action against Iran, or whether Iran will rush to make a nuclear bomb.  Do you agree with the description of the leadership as rational? FULL POST

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April 25th, 2012
08:32 PM ET

Amanpour interviews former Iranian nuclear negotiation insider about weaponization plans

On the Wednesday, April 24th edition of Amanpour, Christiane Amanpour interviewed Hossein Mousavian, a former member of Iran's nuclear negotiation team, regarding his insights on Iran's nuclear program.  Mousavian offered signs that he feels indicate Iran is negotiating in good faith with the international team on nuclear weapons nonproliferation.  This is the exchange:

AMANPOUR:  ...When I spoke to Israel's defense minister, Ehud Barak, last week, I promised to bring the other side.  And who better to give it than a former member of Iran's nuclear negotiating team... Hossein Mousavian spent decades as part of Iran's foreign policy team, most recently serving on the nuclear negotiating team.  But when conservative Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took over the presidency in 2005, Mousavian was ousted for his moderate views, and soon after was charged with espionage, a charge that was later dropped.  He was cleared of it.

Today, he's a visiting scholar at Princeton University.  Mousavian says that he is not seeking asylum and fully intends to go back to Iran.  But for now, he's here, uniquely qualified to give us a glimpse into the minds of the Iranian leadership.  Ambassador Mousavian, thank you for joining me -

HOSSEIN MOUSAVIAN, IRANIAN POLICYMAKER AND SCHOLAR:  Thank you.

AMANPOUR:  –thank you for coming in.    You heard Senator John Kerry and you've heard a lot of people, including Iranian officials, sound optimistic about the talks that have already got underway.  Are you - do share that, having spoken to your former colleagues, who know about the negotiations? FULL POST

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