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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

Explainer 137: Who will run against Trump in 2020?

10/17/2018
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The US midterms are only a few weeks away but Democrats seem just as concerned about who could go head to head with Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. What’s certain is that local media is enjoying the guessing game. Ed Stocker, our Americas editor at large, asks who – if anyone – has what it takes.

Duration:00:06:43

Can Brexit be stopped?

10/13/2018
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Time is running out to reach a deal on what will happen when the UK leaves the EU in March – but as negotiators get ready for the next set of talks this week, campaigners are calling for another referendum. Can – and should – Brexit be stopped? We’re joined by Crispin Blunt MP, Thomas Cole, Amelia Hadfield and European newsroom editors to find out.

Duration:00:35:31

Explainer 136: Why did Nikki Haley resign?

10/10/2018
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The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, quit this week in what was, to many, a shock announcement. Along with speculation as to why, the question of who will replace her remains unanswered. Andrew Mueller gazes into his crystal ball.

Duration:00:05:19

Iraq: is the future here at last?

10/6/2018
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Just over 15 years since the US and UK invaded Iraq with a promise to remove Saddam Hussein and install democracy, the country is still struggling. Internal divisions and external interference aren’t making things any easier – but can a newly agreed government lead Iraq towards a thriving future? Andrew Mueller is joined by Alex MacDonald, Jane Araff, Renad Mansour and Yanar Mohammed.

Duration:00:34:19

Explainer 135: How is Canada pushing its feminist foreign policy?

10/3/2018
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In Montréal at the end of last month, Canada’s foreign minister Chrystia Freeland and the EU’s commissioner of foreign affairs Federica Mogherini co-hosted a meeting of the world’s women foreign ministers – the first meeting of its kind to have been held for 20 years. Monocle’s Toronto bureau chief, Tomos Lewis, reports.

Duration:00:06:02

The war on drugs: time to surrender?

9/29/2018
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Canada will shortly become the next of only a handful of countries to legalise recreational marijuana. How will this affect the illegal drug traders who remain untouchable to the governments trying to stop them? Andrew Mueller is joined by Misha Glenny, Lizzie Porter and Jodie Emery.

Duration:00:31:16

Explainer 134: Naming Macedonia

9/26/2018
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After more than 30 years the naming dispute between Macedonia and Greece could finally be over. But, as Monocle’s news editor Peter Firth explains, the final hurdle – a referendum this weekend – could send the whole process back to the start.

Duration:00:03:29

Autonomous weapons and the future of war

9/22/2018
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Advances in military technology pose profound questions of morality and law – as well as opportunity on the battlefield. But what happens when (and the time is not far off) weapons can think for themselves? Andrew Mueller is joined by former fighter pilot Missy Cummings, philosopher of technology Peter Asaro and former US General John R Allen.

Duration:00:30:09

Explainer 133: What is the significance of Mexico City’s mariachi murders?

9/19/2018
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Five people were killed after three men dressed as mariachi musicians started shooting in a busy tourist area in Mexico City. The capital has largely escaped the violence of other regions but is this changing? And will president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador be able to bring the spike in violent crime rates under control?

Duration:00:05:11

Brazil’s baffling ballot

9/15/2018
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The lead-up to next month’s elections has been nothing short of extraordinary, even by Brazilian standards. But the results should not be overlooked given that the victor will take charge of South America’s biggest economy. Who will win – and can they clean up Brazil’s politics?

Duration:00:29:14

Explainer 132: The EU vs Viktor Orban

9/12/2018
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This week, MEPs voted in favour of unprecedented disciplinary action against Hungary over alleged breaches of the EU's core values. Prime minister Viktor Orban has been accused of attacking the media and refusing refugees, as well as promoting anti-Semitism and the death penalty. So what are the EU’s options – and what are the risks of implementing them?

Duration:00:06:43

What does Brexit mean for British Overseas Territories?

9/8/2018
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Among the ever-increasing number of things that weren’t really considered during the run up to the Brexit vote was what would happen to Britain’s 14 overseas territories. For some it might pose some minor inconveniences but for others it could cut off vital trade and travel routes – or even lead to conflict.

Duration:00:28:15

Explainer 131: Korean train diplomacy

9/5/2018
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Can a rail link connecting North and South Korea help ease tensions between the countries? And, if so, why isn’t it being allowed to go ahead? Monocle’s Asia editor at large Kenji Hall explains.

Duration:00:04:46

Is Kosovo's border in the right place?

9/1/2018
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Previously a red line at the negotiating table, the idea of a land swap between Serbia and Kosovo is now being touted by both countries’ leaders. However, the idea hasn't been received well by the international community – or even by many of those living in the disputed regions.

Duration:00:31:10

Explainer 130: Iran: parliament vs president

8/29/2018
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This week Iran’s parliament moved a step closer to impeaching president Hassan Rouhani. Despite his high public ratings, the dire economic situation since the US pulled out of the nuclear deal have led to his colleagues losing faith in his leadership. Andrew Mueller asks if Rouhani is really to blame.

Duration:00:05:27

Global leaders: Narendra Modi

8/25/2018
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In the final part of our summer series on global leaders, we profile Indian prime minister Narendra Modi. He campaigned on a promise to modernise India – a task not for the faint of heart – but since taking office his lifelong links with hardcore Hindu nationalists have threatened to lead the country down a different path. Andrew Mueller is joined by Somnath Batabyal, Shashank Joshi, Shruti Kapila Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay and Preti Taneja.

Duration:00:29:34

Explainer 129: The people vote again?

8/22/2018
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Since the UK voted to leave the European Union there have been many attempts to try to stop it from happening. The most recent comes in the form of a donation from the founder of fashion brand Superdry. Andrew Mueller asks if the People’s Vote campaign can be successful – and if it’s even what the people want.

Duration:00:05:13

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. Related reading: – Andrew Gimson: [Gimson’s Prime...

Duration:00:29:18