Tug of War

Tug of War

On Tug of War, CNN’s Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward travels to some of the most volatile corners of the world to document the greatest power struggles of our time. In countries where democracy is in its dying days, Clarissa shares on the ground reports from ordinary citizens who are risking their lives to fight for freedom. Hear a first-hand account from the streets of Afghanistan as the Taliban takes control, meet the daring activist challenging Putin’s political reign in Russia, and learn how organizers in Myanmar use hand gestures to signal solidarity.Tug of War. Stories of resistance from around the world.

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December 1, 2021 31 min

Ten years ago, a piece of graffiti sparked an uprising in Syria. Since then, millions of Syrians watched their cities crumble and were forced to flee. Clarissa Ward was there from the beginning, a witness to the courage of the people, and the brutality of the regime. Now, Clarissa asks two Syrian activists: Was it all worth it?

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Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has won his fourth consecutive term in an election that many have called a “farce.” CNN International Correspondent Matt Rivers was denied entry when he tried to report on this pivotal moment, but he was still determined to tell the story. In this episode, Matt meets with exiles persecuted in neighboring Costa Rica and has clandestine phone calls with brave citizens in Nicaragua. They told him the...

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November 10, 2021 35 min

For nearly thirty years, Sudan was ruled by a dictatorship defined by genocide, civil war, and violent suppression. CNN Senior International Correspondent Nima Elbagir saw it firsthand. When she was a teenager, her family was targeted by the regime and fled into self-exile. When a grassroots uprising gained momentum democracy became a tangible possibility. This story of what it takes to topple a dictator features Nima’s family, the...

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November 3, 2021 33 min

At the beginning of the year, Myanmar’s future seemed bright. Then one morning in February, the military overthrew the government in a swift coup. What followed was the biggest protest movement in the country’s history. Afterwards, Clarissa Ward was the first international journalist inside Myanmar. Military minders tried to tell her one story, while Myanmar citizens risked their lives to tell her another.  

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October 27, 2021 30 min

The Kremlin has a long history of alleged poisoning of its opponents. When Alexey Navalny, the head of the Russian opposition, fell mysteriously ill on an airplane, Clarissa Ward wondered if President Vladimir Putin could be behind it, but proving exactly who committed a poisoning can be tricky. Follow her through an investigation that leads to the front door of a Russian agent and hear what Navalny’s poisoning has meant for the fu...

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October 20, 2021 36 min

Clarissa Ward takes you on onto the streets of Afghanistan and into the homes of its citizens as they watch the balance of power start to tip — and the Taliban tries to keep order with truncheons and whips. In this episode, CNN’s Chief International Correspondent, shares firsthand accounts from Afghan citizens who witness the United States military withdrawal - after two decades of war - escalate into the Taliban swiftly toppling t...

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October 6, 2021 2 min

On Tug of War, CNN’s Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward travels to some of the most volatile corners of the world to document the greatest power struggles of our time. In countries where democracy is in its dying days, Clarissa shares on the ground reports from ordinary citizens who are risking their lives to fight for freedom. Hear a first-hand account from the streets of Afghanistan as the Taliban takes control, meet...

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