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Christiane Amanpour in a conversation with Pari Esfandiari stresses the importance of dialogue with Iran for both countries’ national interest. Moreover, she emphasizes the need for mutual respect for the success of the negotiations. As for women rights in Iran, she acknowledges some of the advancements but points out to the need for global gender equality as the key human right issue.
Christiane Amanpour is CNN's Chief International Correspondent. She was born in London in 1958, the eldest of four daughters of an Iranian businessman and his English wife. After spending her early years in Iran, the family moved to the United States. Amanpour attended the University of Rhode Island, from which she graduated with a degree in Journalism. She joined CNN in 1983 and then spent several years on some of the most dangerous assignments that journalists have faced in recent history, including the Gulf War, the break-up of the Soviet Union, the crisis in Somalia and the conflict what was formerly known as Yugoslavia. Amanpour has received numerous national and international awards for her work, including an Emmy Award, two Peabody Awards, the George Polk Award and the Courage in Journalism Award. She is married to James Rubin, former Assistant Secretary of State and chief spokesman for the U.S. State Department during both Clinton administrations. They have a son named Darius John.