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

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


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






For Russia, defeats on the battlefield, dissent at home

A deliberate muddying of the facts about its invation of Ukraine has been Russia’s game plan -- it now brushes off talk of military setbacks by saying it's "regrouping.” But widely circulated videos of Russian soldiers paint a very different picture. Correspondent Melissa Bell reports, followed by an interview with Andrey Kortunov, Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council, a think tank with connections to the Russian foreign ministry. Also on today's show:...

Unprecedented protests continue in Iran

The world is watching Iranians young and old confront the Islamic regime amid fears of a worsening crackdown. It's day 18 of unprecedented protests that erupted after the death in police custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. Jomana Karadsheh spoke to one of the student protesters. Following her interview, Christiane speaks Fatemeh Shams, an assistant professor of modern Persian literature at the University of Pennsylvania, who took part in anti-government protests of 2009 before fleeing Iran...


Special report: How far will Putin go?

The US and its NATO allies are swiftly warning of retaliation and catastrophic consequences for Russia should President Putin follow through on pledges of nuclear warfare. Many are wondering just how far Putin will push it, as Ukraine continues to bust through Russian lines after weeks of a successful offensive in the east and now the south. The key city of Lyman in Donetsk is now back in the hands of Ukrainian forces. Correspondent Nic Payton Walsh was the first TV journalist to visit the...


Feature interview: Scottish satirist Armando Iannucci

The UK has been swept up in a week of economic and political turmoil, with Prime Minister Liz Truss’s Conservative government coming under increasing pressure over its controversial tax cut plan. Financial markets are roiled, the British pound tanked, and the IMF issued a rare rebuke. Meanwhile in Italy, the electoral success of Giorgia Meloni marks a lurch to the far right that will see a party with roots in neo-fascism enter power for the first time since World War II. And in the US, the...


Why hurricanes seem to be increasingly more powerful

One of the strongest storms ever to hit the US is causing catastrophic flooding and destruction across hundreds of miles. Speaking this morning, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said the storm is “basically a 500-year flood event,” and the government confirms that Ian produced “one in a thousand-year rainfall” in some Florida locations. It embodies a trend in recent hurricanes, as warmer water – driven by climate change – fuels stronger, more destructive storms. UC Santa Barbara Professor of...


Special Report: Russians flee conscription

It's day 223 of Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine and the president is upping the ante. It’s believed he will move this week to annex the areas under Russian occupation, after claiming an overwhelming mandate in sham referendums there. Ukraine, Europe and the US reject the whole process and Kyiv says Putin will try to make residents there fight for the Russian military. Meanwhile inside Russia, people – mostly men – are voting with their feet: they continue to flee the country in droves,...

Can Dems avoid a midterm 'shellacking?'

It’s just six weeks until the midterm elections, which often sees the party in power get a “shellacking,” as President Obama once put it. Democrats are bracing for a result that could cost them all or part of Congress and reduce President Biden’s power. The Senate's longest-tenured member, Democrat Patrick Leahy is set to retire after 48 years in Congress. He joins the show from Capitol Hill. Also on today's show: Raffaele Trombetta, Italian Ambassador to the UK; Luke Mogelson, author of...


Assessing the ongoing Iranian protests

For ten straight days protests have engulfed many parts of Iran, the most widespread since the Green Revolution of 2009. State media and human rights groups say dozens have been killed in the violence so far. Despite internet restrictions and the harsh reaction of security forces, the protests show no sign of abating. In fact, they’re spreading – demonstrations took place outside Iranian embassies in London and Paris over the weekend. To discuss, Christiane speaks with Marjane Satrapi, the...


What to do about Russian-backed 'referendums' in Ukraine

“A sham.” That is what Ukrainian and western officials are calling the so-called referendums underway in four occupied regions of Ukraine on whether to become part of Russia. There are reports of coercion and threats, and ballots are being delivered to people’s houses. The votes are expected to pave the way for annexation of large chunks of territory. Crucially, this would allow President Putin to claim that the western alliance is in direct confrontation with his country. It all comes as...

Behind the women protesting in Iran

Women in Iran are ripping off their hijabs and cutting their hair in the streets as an outpouring of anger takes place across the country. Demonstrators are mourning and protesting the death of Mahsa Amini, the 22-year-old woman who died after being arrested by Iran’s morality police, who enforce the country’s strict dress codes for women. The authorities say Mahsa Amini had a heart attack, but her family say that’s a lie. Christiane had hoped to put all this to the Iranian President Ebrahim...


Can the UN do anything to mitigate global crises?

Christiane is at the United Nations, where world leaders are gathering for their first in-person general assembly in three years – just as Russia’s President Vladimir Putin decided to call up 300,000 reservists to fight in Ukraine. It’s a massive escalation amid his troops’ recent setbacks on the battlefield and comes just after officials in several occupied regions of Ukraine said they will hold referendums on formally joining Russia this week. It adds to a perfect storm of global crises,...


Danger Zone: The Coming Conflict with China

The UN General Assembly got underway today in the shadow of war. While the focus is on Russia's invasion of Ukraine, there are worries as well about China and Taiwan. Joining the show to discuss is Michael Beckley, coauthor of Danger Zone: The Coming Conflict with China. Also on today's show: Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti, historian Camille Joseph. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


The Queen laid to rest

In Britain, a day of mourning, gratitude, and change. The world witnessed the funeral for a British queen, a ritual never before seen on live television, and – for the first time in most people’s lives – the United Kingdom welcomed a new king. Now, the world turns to what lies ahead: the reign of Charles III. Today's guests include: Sir David Manning, former British ambassador to the US; Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney; former Director of Royal Communications for Buckingham Palace...


Archbishop of York reflects on Queen Elizabeth II

The incredible lines of people waiting to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II as she lies in state are stretching to five miles and more, as the Palace says it is preparing for one of the biggest ceremonial events since World War II. Hundreds of heads of state and dignitaries will gather in London for the Queen’s state funeral on Monday. The Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell – the nation’s second most senior bishop – will be offering one of the prayers during the service. He also led the...

What next for the British monarchy?

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to line up for miles to say farewell to their Queen. Simon Schama is a scholar of monarchy in Britain and around the world, awarded a knighthood for services to history in 2019. He joins Christiane outside the Palace of Westminster, where the Queen is lying in state. Also on today's show: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Chief Executive of the Civil Society Coalition for Climate Change Aisha Khan. To learn more about how CNN protects...


Special report: The Queen lies in state

Rivers of people are stretching for miles through the British capital, crisscrossing the Thames as mourners queue to see the Queen’s coffin in the Palace of Westminster. Queen Elizabeth II will lie in state until 6:30am on Monday morning, the day of her state funeral. Her coffin’s procession to Westminster saw the kind of pageantry on display that is unique to Britain, as Isa Soares reports. She is followed by Patricia Scotland, the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, and...


The Queen makes her final journey

The Queen’s coffin makes its way today to her London home, after leaving Scotland on a Royal Air Force jet. After one more night at Buckingham Palace, the Queen will lie in state for four days at Westminster, and preparations are underway for as many as two million people who want to pay their respects. King Charles III and Queen Camilla will meet the coffin at Buckingham Palace, following their historic trip to Northern Ireland. To react to the latest, Christiane speaks with three experts:...


Calls for more UK devolution on the rise

Tributes to the now late Queen Elizabeth II haven't quieted the calls for more devolution around the United Kingdom and overseas, to shake off vestiges of the former British empire. To discuss this, Christiane spoke to Sir David Manning, a former British Ambassador to the United States. Meanwhile, following a stunning Ukrainian counter offensive in Kharkiv, and for the first time since his February invasion, Putin is facing mounting criticism from his own side. Loyal commentators have asked...


Mourning the Queen, welcoming the King

King Charles III has addressed the United Kingdom as it mourns the loss of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. Before the address, he met with the British prime minister and the public today, shaking hands and even being kissed on the cheek by one woman. It is the first full day of his reign and a new era for Great Britain. Church bells rang out across a nation in mourning and gun salutes were fired to honor the Queen’s 96 years. Across the world, national monuments have been lit up in tribute...


Special report: The death of Queen Elizabeth II

Today we take a look back at the Queen's extraordinary life with help from historian Simon Schama, former UK Ambassador to the US Kim Darroch, and former UK MP Alistair Burt. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit