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Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk

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​Presented by ​Andrew Mueller, Monocle 24’s flagship global-affairs show features​ expert guests ​and in-depth analysis of the big issues of the week. Winner in the ‘best current affairs’ category of the 2018 British Podcast awards.

​Presented by ​Andrew Mueller, Monocle 24’s flagship global-affairs show features​ expert guests ​and in-depth analysis of the big issues of the week. Winner in the ‘best current affairs’ category of the 2018 British Podcast awards.

Location:

London, United Kingdom

Networks:

Monocle

Description:

​Presented by ​Andrew Mueller, Monocle 24’s flagship global-affairs show features​ expert guests ​and in-depth analysis of the big issues of the week. Winner in the ‘best current affairs’ category of the 2018 British Podcast awards.

Language:

English


Episodes

Explainer 300: Australia: Waving the flag

1/26/2022
The government of Australia has just purchased the licence to the Australian Aboriginal flag for AU$20m. To mark Australia Day, Andrew Mueller explains why such a transaction was necessary and how the news has been received. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:07:14

China’s Belt and Road: a win-win or debt trap?

1/22/2022
China’s Belt and Road Initiative has manifested in railways, airports, seaports and highways all over the world. What is China’s endgame? How do locals feel about these development projects? And are we witnessing old-fashioned empire building but with Chinese characteristics? Andrew Mueller speaks to Isabel Hilton, Lucinda Elliott, Fiona Ey and Aly-Khan Satchu. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:35:03

Explainer 299: What does Russia want with Ukraine?

1/19/2022
As tensions between Russia and Ukraine tighten, Andrew Mueller reflects on their fickle friendship and speculates on what Putin really wants from the situation. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:07:46

When currencies collapse

1/15/2022
Turkey, once an economic powerhouse, is experiencing a currency meltdown as inflation skyrockets against a backdrop of unorthodox policies. What can we learn from past currency crises? How do people get around hyperinflation woes? And how can governments address it? Andrew Mueller speaks to Hannah Lucinda Smith, Andrew Walker, Marija Tesic Fidelak, Penny Stone and Richard Beattie. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:33:10

Explainer 298: Will Sudan settle?

1/12/2022
UN-sponsored talks are taking place in Sudan after more than 60 people died demonstrating against the most recent coup-d’etat in October. Andrew Mueller explains how far back the unrest extends and ponders whether a resolution can be reached. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:05:38

Is the doctrine of nuclear deterrence still relevant?

1/8/2022
​In a rare joint statement issued on Monday, five of the world’s most powerful nations pledged to avoid nuclear war. In this episode of ‘The Foreign Desk’, we examine the doctrine of nuclear deterrence. Does possessing a nuclear deterrent make the world safer? Is a world without atomic weapons even possible? And what’s it like to be the person tasked, if the order to unleash the apocalypse ever did come, with turning the key? Andrew Mueller speaks to Tom Nichols, Margaret MacMillan and Dana...

Duration:00:36:08

Capitol riots: one year later

1/5/2022
One year ago on 6 January, a violent mob forced its way past lines of police officers and into the US Capitol building in Washington. As investigators continue to examine exactly what happened that day, many questions remain unanswered. Andrew Mueller shares his take on what we’ve learned since the insurrection. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:07:18

Looking back at 2021 and forward to 2022

1/1/2022
We look back on the big events of the past 12 months and peer ahead to 2022. Andrew Mueller speaks to Quentin Peel, Latika Bourke and Lewis Lukens. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:29:20

War and peas: the role of food in diplomacy

12/25/2021
As millions of families tuck into their Christmas turkey and load up their plates with leftovers from the festive season, we examine the role of food in global politics. What is culinary diplomacy? Is the kitchen really the new venue for foreign policy? And what exactly goes into preparing the menu for a state banquet? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:36:30

Pandas, pangolins, and koalas: can animals be diplomats?

12/18/2021
Exotic animals have long been used as unlikely but effective furry ambassadors to further a country’s international influence. Whether it’s China strategically loaning giant pandas as a gesture of goodwill, Australia flaunting the kangaroo as part of its national brand or Taiwan dispatching pangolins to Prague, animals have been used as diplomatic tools for centuries. How does animal diplomacy actually work? How does one Fedex a wild animal? And what can animals teach humans about global...

Duration:00:35:09

Merry Christmas, war is over?

12/15/2021
Almost 80 years since North Korea signed an armistice deal, South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-In, has announced that talks are in progress officially to end the war between the two states once and for all. Andrew Mueller explains why this is happening now, and, if it’s likely to happen at all. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:06:29

Is Bosnia on the brink of breaking up?

12/11/2021
Will Bosnia break apart? Andrew Mueller speaks to Guy De Launey and Irma Baralija, as well as ambassadors Vanja Filipovic and Bruce Berton. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:36:31

Nordic Council of Ministers series, part ten: Decarbonising industry

12/8/2021
The decarbonisation of industry is perhaps the greatest challenge we face in the race to achieve carbon neutrality. Think of it as the invisible stuff, the ugly stuff and the boring stuff we’d probably rather not think about: shipping, construction, steel, data processing and so on. In this episode of The Foreign Desk Explainer in association with the Nordic Council of Ministers, we will hear from the Nordic companies that are attempting to achieve carbon neutrality and create a paradigm...

Duration:00:29:13

Sportswashing: what is it and does it work?

12/4/2021
​As the inaugural Saudi Arabia Grand Prix kicks off in Jeddah, allegations of sportswashing have resurfaced relating to the country’s poor human rights record. What is sportswashing? What does it look like? And does it actually work? Andrew Mueller speaks to Paul Michael Brannagan, Areej Al Sadhan and Bruce Kidd. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:32:51

Queen’s gambit: The future of Elizabeth II’s states

12/1/2021
Barbados has officially removed Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state after 55 years living independently from the UK. The divorce was amicable among all parties and opens the door for more member states to do the same. Andrew Mueller explains how, and when, that might happen. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:06:07

El Salvador bets on Bitcoin; what could go wrong?

11/27/2021
Wearing a backwards baseball cap, El Salvador’s president Nayib Bukele unveiled plans to build “Bitcoin City” at the base of a volcano and adopt cryptocurrency as legal tender. While supporters have hailed the president’s ambitions, not all Salvadorans “Feel the Bit”. Is Bukele’s big idea as mad as it sounds? Andrew Mueller speaks to Carmen Valeria Escobar, Danielle Mackey and professor Cathy Mulligan. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:30:39

El Salvador bets on Bitcoin; what could go wrong?

11/27/2021
Wearing a backwards baseball cap, El Salvador’s president Nayib Bukele unveiled plans to build “Bitcoin City” at the base of a volcano and adopt cryptocurrency as legal tender. While supporters have hailed the president’s ambitions, not all Salvadorans “Feel the Bit”. Is Bukele’s big idea as mad as it sounds? Andrew Mueller speaks to Carmen Valeria Escobar, Danielle Mackey and professor Cathy Mulligan. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:30:39

Nordic Council of Ministers series, part nine: Preparedness

11/24/2021
People in the Nordics often joke about global warming bringing better weather to a region not overly blessed with sun and warmth but, of course, climate change is already having a negative impact – and it’s probably going to get worse. In this episode of the Foreign Desk Explainer, in association with the Nordic Council of Ministers, we hear from experts in the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Sweden about how the wide-ranging challenges are likely to affect populations there, and how they are...

Duration:00:29:09

Albin Kurti: prankster to politician

11/20/2021
Andrew Mueller is joined by Albin Kurti, the prime minister of Kosovo, for an in-depth conversation. They discuss the unusual challenges the country faces, its tumultuous relationship with Serbia and how a prankster became a politician. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:32:07

War: what is it good for?

11/19/2021
In this special episode, we explore an uncomfortable and challenging subject: war. Why do we fight wars? How does conflict shape us? And does human nature doom us to fight one another? Andrew Mueller sits down with celebrated historian, Margaret MacMillan. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:29:21