As Tuesday's Academy Award nominations came out, we learned that Danfung Dennis - the acclaimed filmmaker who had joined us here on ATW - received an Oscar nod for his remarkable war documentary "Hell and Back." The movie is stunning, and is the first film to be shot entirely on DSLR camera's to receive nomination from the Academy. Danfung sat down for an exclusive look at how he used revolutionary, and remarkably challenging camera technology in the most dangerous battlefront in the world- Afghanistan.
This week, America and Iran appear to be on a collision course over Iran's nuclear program, and there is fear that this war of words could lead to a real war.
Iran blames the United States and Israel for last weeks murder of an Iranian nuclear scientist, the fifth assassination of of an Iranian nuclear scientist is the last five years.
And while Secretary of State Clinton and Secretary of Defense Panetta vehemently deny any U.S. involvement, Iran swore revenge at the scientists funeral.
On this episode of Around the World, Christiane Amanpour welcomes former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Jamie Rubin, who is also Ms. Amanpour's husband, to discuss where the tension and distrust comes from and whether anything can be done to fix it.
Mr. Rubin believes the basis of the conflict is the combination of Iran's deep rooted distrust of the U.S., and stiff western sanctions over Iran's nuclear program.
However, Mr. Rubin believes that while it would be difficult, "Iran is right at the heartRead More »from U.S. and Iran on Collision Course
Watching from afar, the dramatic political theater playing out in Pyongyang around Kim Jong Il's funeral reminded my own experiences inside the hermit kingdom.
It took me nine years to secure a visa into North Korea. We were finally let in with the extraordinary cultural ambassadors: the musicians of the new York Philharmonic Orchestra in the chilly winter of 2008.
On the ground there I was startled by the genuine appreciation North Koreans showed for the first ever American Orchestra to play for them, but I was also made very aware of Kim Jong Il's "military first" policy. It is this military elite that the "great successor," Kim Jong Un will have to win over to ensure that his family's hereditary cult continues.
No-one on the outside can really claim to know where he will take North Korea, but there is certainly some hope that Kim Jong Un's unique upbringing could bring some reform to the hardline communist state.
In order to try and read the tea leaves on what the Kim Jong UnRead More »from Kim Jong Un: Radical or Reformer?