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Monocle foreign editor Steve Bloomfield tackles some of the world’s biggest issues, featuring in-depth analysis and interviews with global leaders.

Monocle foreign editor Steve Bloomfield tackles some of the world’s biggest issues, featuring in-depth analysis and interviews with global leaders.
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Monocle foreign editor Steve Bloomfield tackles some of the world’s biggest issues, featuring in-depth analysis and interviews with global leaders.

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Episodes

Global leaders: Miguel Díaz-Canel

8/18/2018
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In part three of our summer series on global leaders we profile Cuba’s new president Miguel Díaz-Canel. After almost 60 years, the revolutionary Castro brothers have handed over power. Andrew Mueller – joined by Helen Yaffe, Cristina Escobar and Victor Bulmer Thomas – asks what Díaz-Canel’s plans for the country might be and if he’ll be allowed to implement them.

Duration:00:28:57

Explainer 128: Pacific Islands Forum

8/15/2018
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At the beginning of September, the 18 full-time members of the Pacific Islands Forum will gather on the tiny atoll of Nauru. Our Hong Kong bureau chief James Chambers explains why not everyone is looking forward to attending, and why some aren’t allowed to attend at all.

Duration:00:04:28

Global leaders: Theresa May

8/11/2018
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In part two of our summer series on global leaders we profile UK prime minister Theresa May. The Conservative party leader was handed the poisoned chalice of Brexit little more than two years ago. Andrew Mueller – joined by Terry Stiastny, Andrew Gimson and Meryl Kenny – asks what hope she has of succeeding with Brexit negotiations and whether she can achieve anything else while in power.

Duration:00:29:18

Explainer 127: What does Ontario’s new premier tell us about politics in Canada?

8/8/2018
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Anyone wanting a glimpse of what might be unfolding in Canadian politics should look to Ontario, which has just elected Doug Ford – brother of the late crack-smoking mayor of Toronto, Rob – as its new premier. In the opening weeks of his time in office Ford laid down the kind of populist agenda that Donald Trump could be proud of. Monocle’s bureau chief in Toronto, Tomos Lewis, has more.

Duration:00:06:35

Global leaders: Benjamin Netanyahu

8/4/2018
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In part one of our summer series on global leaders we profile Israeli prime minister Benjamin ‘Bibi’ Netanyahu. Soon to be the country’s longest-serving PM, he is also one of its most divisive. We speaks to his [biographer](https://www.hurstpublishers.com/book/bibi/) Anshel Pfeffer, former Knesset researcher Susan Hattis Rolef and CEO of Bicom James Sorene.

Duration:00:32:38

Explainer 126: Nine-Fairfax – merger or takeover?

8/1/2018
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The loosening of media-ownership rules in Australia was meant to protect companies from a changing marketplace. But could it see the disappearance of a trusted newspaper publisher? Karen Middleton of ‘The Saturday Paper’ explains.

Duration:00:06:04

Airline soft power

7/28/2018
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As the northern hemisphere gears up for holiday season Andrew Mueller explores the importance of flag-carriers to a country’s brand and asks if they’re managing to keep up with their budget competitors. Featuring Tyler Brûlé, Tristan McAllister and Chatri na Ranong.

Duration:00:27:50

Explainer 125: Who’s fighting who in the Golan Heights?

7/25/2018
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Tensions are rising over the Golan Heights, as a Syrian military offensive approaches Israeli-occupied land. Monocle’s Beirut correspondent Lizzie Porter visits the contested area to find out why – and to speak to those displaced by war.

Duration:00:06:42

Pakistan’s election: a turning point?

7/21/2018
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On Wednesday 100 million registered voters in Pakistan will have the chance to decide their next prime minister. But the military remains a powerful political force and corruption is rife so what chance does the winner have of making positive change? Andrew Mueller is joined by Samira Shackle, Ayesha Siddiqa and Matthew Green.

Duration:00:29:19

Explainer 124: Why is Spain digging up its past?

7/18/2018
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Spain’s socialist government is planning to exhume the body of the country’s former dictator, Francisco Franco. Although controversial, is this an opportunity for the nation to move on from Franco’s divisive legacy?

Duration:00:04:10

Scotus: how long can it stay impartial?

7/14/2018
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This week Donald Trump nominated his second justice to the Supreme Court. Brett Kavanaugh, if approved by the senate, can expect to be in his new job for the rest of his life. But is the court, which is supposed to be impartial to party politics, veering sharply right? Andrew Mueller is joined by Garrett Epps, Carol Sanger and Jeffrey Howard.

Duration:00:29:08

Explainer 123: Brexit: what the heck is going on now?

7/11/2018
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Just over two years after the UK voted to leave the EU, prime minister Theresa May’s government finally came up with a plan on how to do it. But many members of that government were so unhappy with the plan they resigned. So, Andrew Mueller asks, what now?

Duration:00:06:19

A world without Nato?

7/7/2018
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Nato’s heads of state and government will meet in Brussels this week. With Russia becoming more defiant and the US less interested in co-operation, does the alliance have a future and, if so, what does it look like? Andrew Mueller is joined by Robert Fox, Elisabeth Braw and Fabrice Pothier.

Duration:00:28:51

Explainer 122: Trudeau’s town-hall strategy

7/4/2018
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Canada’s economy is growing and its immigration policies have been met with little hostility. However, relations with its largest trading partner, the US, are unpredictable and the man who has led the resurgence of ‘brand Canada’ internationally is facing fluctuating poll numbers. With just over a year to go until the next general election, is Justin Trudeau’s standing on the wane? And might heading to the town hall be the solution?

Duration:00:09:51

Why are we still scared of immigration?

6/30/2018
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People have always travelled the world in search of discovery. Only recently have borders been imposed and restrictions been placed on those who wish to relocate. But, in the case of some of the world’s most prosperous countries, immigration is what has made them. So why do some fight so hard to stop it? Andrew Mueller is joined by Daniel Trilling, Priscilla Alvarez and Colin Grant.

Duration:00:28:59

Explainer 121: Who does Hong Kong support in the World Cup?

6/27/2018
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Every four years, football fever peaks worldwide. But for those whose national team didn't make the finals, deciding who to cheer for can be a surprisingly political choice. Our Hong Kong bureau chief, James Chambers, finds out who has the territory’s backing this year.

Duration:00:04:47

An Ethiopian Spring?

6/23/2018
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After years of political oppression, violent protests and internal conflicts, could Ethiopia’s new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, lead the country into a new era? Andrew Mueller is joined by Mohammed Ademo, Michala Wrong and Ahmed Soliman.

Duration:00:29:28

Explainer 120: Separating families – is the White House right to blame lawmakers?

6/21/2018
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Images of children in detention centres have shocked the world this week but even after signing an executive order to keep families together, Trump still insists that Congress and the Democrats are to blame. Is this more of Trump’s trademark deflection or does he have a point? Monocle’s New York bureau chief Ed Stocker explains.

Duration:00:05:54

Explainer 120: Separating families – is the White House right to blame lawmakers?

6/21/2018
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Images of children in cages in US detention centres have shocked the world this week but the only consistent line to come from the White House is that Congress and the Democrats are to blame. Is this trademark Donald Trump deflection or does he have a point? Monocle’s New York bureau chief Ed Stocker explains.

Duration:00:04:58

Do we still need international summits?

6/16/2018
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With so many international summits taking place it’s hard to keep up, let alone remain interested. The recent meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, however, reignited the media’s passion for a handshake photo opportunity. Was the interest focused on the politics, or just the novelty of seeing two unlikely leaders together? What do these meetings actually achieve? And why hasn’t communication technology made them redundant? Andrew Mueller is joined by Stefania Palma, Aaron David...

Duration:00:28:02