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In an exclusive interview with DW's Conflict Zone, Afghan former minister Hasina Safi criticized the international community for the "inconsiderate" and "very hasty" withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Will Vladimir Putin pose more of a threat to the West if he wins - or if he loses? DW's Conflict Zone asked Andrei Kolesnikov, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, in Moscow.
Moscow's former chief rabbi tells DW, those who can, should leave Russia. Pinchas Goldschmidt who spent the last 30 years building Jewish life in the shadow of the Kremlin says the rise in anti-Semitism is alarming.
Can the UK's next leader escape the long shadow of an "amoral" PM and his supporters? DW talks to a senior Conservative.
What's behind Donald Trump's praise for Putin as he was preparing to invade Ukraine? DW's Conflict Zone host Tim Sebastian speaks to David Frum, a former White House staffer and now a writer for The Atlantic magazine.
Putin's "despicable" plan to squeeze Europe's energy supplies "is going to cause some real hardship," a former US ambassador to NATO tells DW. But while Europe may face higher prices, Ukrainians are paying "with their lives."
In an interview with DW's Conflict Zone, Russian former Duma MP Ilya Ponomarev said Vladimir Putin's war aims go way beyond Ukraine. He argues that it is NATO in the Russian president's sights.
"The Russians are increasingly able to declare victory" in their more limited goals, US political analyst Ian Bremmer says — even if the West speeds up weapons deliveries to Ukraine. But the costs "for a generation or more will be very severe."
Poland's former FM Radoslaw Sikorski tells DW he hopes Europe's leaders "are not going to Kyiv empty-handed."
Can Ukraine continue to trust the West for support? Or does the government fear that a deal could be done behind its back? Liubov Tsybulska, an adviser to Ukraine's government, speaks with DW's "Conflict Zone."
Former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, who worked under Vladimir Putin in the early 2000s, tells DW that he fears for his life — and everyone in Russia should be scared.
As Russia began its war in Ukraine, it forced the closure of Russian independent media outlets. The aim was to secure absolute control of the public narrative. But did it work? DW's Conflict Zone asks journalist Ekaterina Kotrikadze.
Since the war in Ukraine began, Germany’s controversial links to Russia have been in the spotlight. DW's Conflict Zone host Tim Sebastian talks about these ties with Ralf Stegner, a member of the German Parliament for the Social Democrats.
Ukrainian MP Lesia Vasylenko tells DW why she is so sure the Russian president will not press the nuclear button: "Putin has made so many claims which he never went ahead with." The human rights lawyer is confident of Ukraine's victory.
Would Beijing back away from its strategic partnership with Moscow if the war in Ukraine goes nuclear? DW asks Chinese foreign policy expert Andy Mok.
An isolated Russia is a more dangerous Russia, international relations professor Nina Khrushcheva tells DW.
Mutual deterrence will no longer work, former Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Fedorov told DW's Conflict Zone.
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis says it is clear who is behind the atrocities being revealed as Russian troops pull back from parts of Ukraine. Landsbergis told DW it needs to be called genocide.
DW's Conflict Zone speaks to Andrei Soldatov, an investigative journalist who tracks Russia’s intelligence services.
Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks has said the Russian invasion of Ukraine has united the West.
NATO has rejected Ukraine's calls for a no-fly zone, fearing further escalation with Russia. Doing so requires being "prepared to fight a war of national survival," a former NATO deputy commander tells DW’s Conflict Zone.
"Putin will go as far as he will be allowed," Ukraine's deputy prime minister told DW just before the Russian invasion.
Unionist DUP politician Sammy Wilson tells DW that the EU bears a great responsibility for peace in Northern Ireland.
DW’s Conflict Zone host Tim Sebastian confronts Shafiullah Azam, Taliban foreign ministry official.
The Ukraine crisis is reaching a fever pitch — as NATO's supremacy is reasserted and Nord Stream 2's future is unclear.
"There is no rollback of freedoms," Hong Kong legislator Regina Ip of the pro-Beijing New People's Party tells Conflict Zone. But China has clamped down on dissenters, banned opposition lawmakers, and closed pro-democracy publications.
Conflict Zone interviews Israeli ex-Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, who says the JCPOA was a missed opportunity.
On DW's Conflict Zone, Tim Sebastian speaks to Ethiopia's minister for democratization, Zadig Abraha.
After the tragic deaths in the Channel, will Europe commit to safer migration? MEP Guy Verhofstadt is on Conflict Zone.
Will former Trump aide Jason Miller cooperate with a Congressional committee over the January riot at the Capitol?
Will migration tank Macron’s 2022 re-election chances? DW spoke to an En Marche MP for his perspective.
UN human rights spokesperson Rupert Colville tells DW that despite the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, monitoring of rights abuses would nevertheless continue and violations would become apparent.
Conflict Zone asked the Texas state senator who introduced the legislation why he thinks he's doing the right thing.
There is "no alternative" to EU membership for North Macedonia, PM Zoran Zaev tells DW's Conflict Zone. But after 16 years of waiting and "too much trauma," can Skopje overcome the hurdles it faces to join the bloc?
An ex-Afghan government negotiator with the Taliban tells Tim Sebastian that she fears the worst is yet to come.
Indian PM Modi boasted early this year that India had defeated COVID — but now it has one of the world's highest death tolls. Tim Sebastian interviews a national spokesperson from Modi's ruling Hindu-nationalist BJP on the government's pandemic response.
Ex-Dep. Nat'l Security Advisor Douglas Lute says it's not a proud moment for America, but the status quo was untenable.
The Taliban government is back in power, but "resistance will absolutely continue," says a former top Karzai official.
On DW's Conflict Zone, a top NATO official has defended the withdrawal of international troops after a 20-year mission.
MEP Urmas Paet spoke to DW about a slew of unresolved and divisive political crises within the bloc and on its doorstep.
The Christian Democrats and the Greens are set to play a key role in Germany's upcoming election. But is either capable of leading Germany into a new era? DW's Conflict Zone talks to representatives of both parties.
Former Nissan boss and international fugitive Carlos Ghosn abruptly stopped an interview with DW's Conflict Zone, arguing "bad faith" by host Tim Sebastian.
Government crackdowns on increasingly violent protests and a blanket Twitter ban suggest weakness at the top, while citizens face rising terrorism and kidnappings. Conflict Zone meets Abuja's ambassador to Germany.
What is Hamas' vision for the future of Gaza after reaching a cease-fire with Israel?
A cease-fire is reportedly in the works, but a top Israeli official tells DW "a cease-fire in itself is not an aim."
Ukraine's FM tells DW that the country's battle against corruption is a marathon, not a sprint — but the US is worried.
Libya has a new national unity government that promises free elections by year's end. But the roadblocks it faces are immense. DW’s Conflict Zone confronts the country's ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Tamim Baiou.
Yemen's civil war has created one of the world's worst humanitarian crises, with no end in sight.
Sri Lanka's civil war ended 12 years ago, but sectarian tensions remain. Is the country protecting human rights for all?
On DW's Conflict Zone, former Trump advisor and Congressman Jack Kingston denounced the attack on the Capitol.
Conflict Zone is DW's top political interview. Every week, our hosts are face-to-face with global decision-makers, seeking straight answers to straight questions, putting the spotlight on controversial issues and calling the powerful to account.
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Tim Sebastian meets former Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern on Conflict Zone.
Tim Sebastian confronts UKIP's Nigel Farage on whether Brexit is making Britain a nastier place.
The UK has left the EU, but has it "taken back control"? CZ looks back at interview highlights with key Brexit players.
Conflict Zone looks back at interviews with key players on all sides of the Brexit debate.
This week's guest on Conflict Zone is Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
How fair are the trials of Catalan pro-independence politicians? DW meets Spain's Foreign Minister, Josep Borrell.
Are the differences between Turkey and the EU becoming impossible to reconcile? Tim Sebastian meets the Turkish FM.
DW's Conflict Zone meets Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert voices reservations about the lethal force used by Israel in Gaza.
Tim Sebastian meets Ehud Barak, the former Israeli prime minister and defense minister.
Is the two-state solution doomed? "Conflict Zone" talks to PLO executive member Hanan Ashrawi.
Is Jordan's Islamic Action Front as moderate as it says or is it promoting violence?
As the world marks 50 years of Israeli occupation in Palestine, Conflict Zone meets former finance minister Yair Lapid.
Israel will defend itself against Iran, a top Israeli cabinet minister tells DW.
Unrest in Israel is growing over the government's pandemic response. Likud MP Nir Barkat is on DW's Conflict Zone.
Former US National Security Advisor John Bolton revealed Trump's 'mistrust' of his office and his own staff in an exclusive DW interview. He also claimed Trump envies 'big guys' like Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping.
After several years of unrest in Ethiopia and hundreds killed, Hailemariam Desalegn resigned as prime minister to make way for reform, but left behind a questionable human rights record. He meets DW's Conflict Zone.
Senior Saudi official Adel al-Jubeir says his country is paying "a great price" over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
The Serbian PM Brnabic told DW's Conflict Zone that the 1995 massacre in Srebrenica was "not genocide."
A recent Council of Europe report gave a stark warning on the state of European democracy, saying the democratic environment and institutions "are in mutually reinforcing decline." Dunja Mijatovic spoke to Conflict Zone.
Niels Annen said he is "very, very disappointed" about Russia's reaction and said sanctions are on the table.
Russian State Duma member Vyacheslav Nikonov tells Conflict Zone that Alexei Navalny is too irrelevant to be targeted.
Sarah Kelly interviews Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch.
Mikheil Saakashvili is determined to save Ukraine. Is he the right man for the job? (First aired 24 January 2018.)
DW's Conflict Zone confronts Chinese analyst Victor Gao on the detention of at least one million Uighurs in Xinjiang.
A senior figure in India's ruling BJP tells Conflict Zone it's wrong to call Delhi’s actions in Kashmir a "lockdown."
Conflict Zone speaks to James Jeffrey, Donald Trump's envoy to Syria.
Thousands have been killed in the Philippines president's war on drugs. His legal advisor Salvador Panelo speaks to DW.
DW’s Conflict Zone confronts Gowher Rizvi, international affairs adviser to Bangladesh's prime minister Sheikh Hasina.
A pro-Beijing lawmaker tells DW’s Sarah Kelly that freedoms have been tightened in Hong Kong under the national security law, but the world is "overreacting" to the recent mass arrest of pro-democracy activists.
In a special program, Conflict Zone examines the relationship between mainland China and Hong Kong.
Given China’s human rights record would Hong Kong not be taking a huge gamble with the new national security law?
Decades of child sexual abuse has left the Catholic Church in crisis. The faithful want those who abuse children removed and prosecuted. DW speaks to a priest on the papal commission for the protection of minors.
Turkish presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin answered questions from the audience after a DW interview with Tim Sebastian.
Protests in Hong Kong, unrest in Venezuela, rising populism and Brexit blockage: Conflict Zone reviews a world in flux.
Long before the explosion that tore into Beirut in August 2020, Lebanon had been following a path to self-destruction, marked by corrupt politicians who had allowed their citizens to sink into poverty and despair.
Tim Sebastian, host of Conflict Zone, is a world-renowned television journalist with more than 40 years of experience.
Sarah Kelly is an award-winning journalist and a lead anchor on DW News.
Can the Kabul government protect the gains of the last 20 years before Washington leaves them to the Taliban? The Afghan ambassador to NATO and the EU speaks to Conflict Zone's Sarah Kelly.
The war in Tigray "is over" and rebuilding has begun, the Ethiopian minister for democratization tells DW's Conflict Zone. But a humanitarian crisis is growing on the watch of the country's Nobel-winning prime minister.
In a DW interview, Israeli cabinet minister Tzachi Hanegbi said Israel is in favor of a long-term nuclear deal, but would act unilaterally against Iran’s nuclear program if necessary.
Why was the first response of Chinese officials to the virus to cover it up?
Sweden's coronavirus strategy has led to a death rate much higher than that of its neighbors. DW's Conflict Zone asks the Swedish foreign minister if the country badly miscalculated its pandemic policy.
A Merkel ally has strongly criticized the two conservative politicians in a damaging face mask procurement scandal.
In a heated interview on DW's Conflict Zone, the World Health Organization's Europe director defended the body's dealings with Chinese health officials and called for restoring the public's faith in science.
Brussels has boosted its lagging effort to fight COVID. Is it too little, too late to improve perceptions on how it has handled the pandemic? EU Commissioner Margaritis Schinas is on DW's Conflict Zone.
DW asks the vice president about government turmoil and the departure of two health ministers during the pandemic.
After 16 years in power, the chancellor is nearing the end of her final term as Germany struggles to curb the pandemic.
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