MONDAY, DECEMBER 21: MUGABE ON-THE-RECORD
Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe sits down with Christiane Amanpour for an exclusive interview, his first to the western media in years and the first to CNN since he banned the network from reporting from his country. He defends Zimbabwe’s power-sharing agreement, talks about the arrests of his political opponents, and slams international sanctions.
ROBERT MUGABE, President of Zimbabwe
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22: COLOMBIA DRUGS
President Richard Nixon launched America’s “War on Drugs” in 1969 – yes, 40 years ago – but this war, too, is far from won. In fact, the business of illegal trafficking of drugs has soared from to an estimated $400 billion. While the explosion of violence in Mexico has made headlines over the past year, a cartel war has made Colombia just as deadly. Amanpour is joined by former Colombian President Cesar Gaviria who will talk about how the drug trade has changed and gone even more global. We’ll also have an exclusive look at a new documentary “Sins of My Father.” It tells a story of reconciliation between Pablo Escobar’s son and the sons of his father’s victims.
CESAR GAVIRIA, Former Colombian President
NICOLAS ENTEL, Director “Sins of My Father”
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23: VIOLENCE IN CONGO
The civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed five million people and the fighting continues with the most terrible consequences reserved for women. Human rights advocates say there an epidemic of rape and other acts of violence against Congolese women that is now being perpetuated by the very troops brought in to protect them.
ANNEKE VAN WOUDENBERG, Human Rights Watch’s senior researcher for the Democratic Republic of Congo
JEAN-MARIE GUEHENNO, Fmr. Under-Secretary-General for peacekeeping operations (2000 to 2008)
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24: IRAN HOSTAGE ANNIVERSARY
Thirty years later, Christiane sits down with the mastermind of the student takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. She is also joined by former hostage John Limbert, who for the first time addresses his former captor about what happened then. The Obama administration recently appointed him to be the State Department’s top man on Iran. They’ll be joined by President Carter’s principal aide on Iran during the hostage crisis, Gary Sick, for a conversation about the future of U.S.-Iran relations.
EBRAHIM ASGHARZADEH, former student leader of Embassy takeover
JOHN LIMBERT, former U.S. hostage
GARY SICK, principal White House aide for Iran during the Iranian Revolution and the hostage crisis
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25th: TINA BROWN AND HARRY EVANS
Two people with legendary careers in newspapers and publishing share their story with AMANPOUR. Sir Harold Evans was the editor of the prestigious Sunday Times and The Times, revolutionizing British journalism by bringing to light many of the most important stories of our time. Tina Brown achieved fame as the first female editor of the New Yorker and Editor-in-Chief of Vanity Fair. Now she is making her mark on the web with Daily Beast. In a rare joint interview, the powerhouse couple sit down to talk about their life together and the future of the craft of the trade they helped create.
SIR HAROLD EVANS, author “My Paper Chase”
TINA BROWN, Editor/Founder, Daily Beast
SATURDAY DEC 26th: AL QAEDA TODAY/MIDEAST PEACE
Topic: al Qaeda Today
AMANPOUR has an inside look at how al Qaeda is evolving and spreading throughout Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States through its adept use of the tools of modern communication to perpetuate jihad. In his first TV interview since Fort Hood, Christiane sits down with the U.S. Ambassador at large for Counterterrorism.
DANIEL BENJAMIN - U.S. State Department Amb. at large for Counterterrorism
KAREN GREENBERG, Executive Director of the Center on Law and Security and editor of the books Al Qaeda Now and The Torture Debate in America.
THOMAS HEGGHAMMER - Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, associate at Harvard Kennedy School and a senior research fellow at the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment (FFI) in Oslo
Topic: MIDEAST PEACE PROCESS
It's one of the most intractable wars of our time the struggle between Palestinians and Israelis over land, the Holy Land. The past 60 years have seen violence and uprising in the Middle East, interrupted only briefly by moments of hope. U.S. President Obama began his administration appointing a high profile envoy and promising to break the log jam, but ten months later it's still deadlocked.
AARON DAVID MILLER, Woodrow Wilson Center/former diplomat who served six U.S. Secretary's of State
AMIRA HASS, Ha'aretz , correspondent in the Palestinian territories