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Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk

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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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English


Episodes

Alabama shakes?

12/16/2017
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This week all eyes were on Alabama. An election that would normally go unnoticed – even by a good number of the state’s inhabitants – became a litmus test for politics in the US. But was Democrat Doug Jones’ victory over the controversial Republican Roy Moore a one-off or is something changing in the South? Andrew Mueller is joined by Michael Harriot, Bob Davis, Joshua Rothman and Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood.

Duration: 00:29:15


Explainer 95: Why is Saudi Arabia liberalising?

12/13/2017
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Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salma’s drive for liberalisation in Saudi Arabia continued this week with the announcement that, after 35 years, cinemas will finally be allowed to operate in the country. Although this push should be welcomed, Andrew Mueller asks if the prince’s motives need to be questioned.

Duration: 00:04:49


Yemen after Saleh

12/9/2017
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The war in Yemen has been long, complicated and devastating for the people that live there. But is the death this week of former leader and Arab strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh a catalyst for positive change or the start of yet more turmoil? Andrew Mueller is joined by Kamal Al-Solaylee, Iona Craig and Osamah Al-Rawhani.

Duration: 00:28:50


Bonus: David Miliband on refugees

12/8/2017
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The UK’s former foreign secretary and the head of the IRC, David Miliband, talks to Andrew Mueller about his new book ‘Rescue’, the refugee crisis and foreign intervention.

Duration: 00:18:10


Explainer 94: Canada’s First Nations

12/7/2017
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Despite boasting about its diversity and multiculturalism, Canada still has a long way to go to repair relations with the communities that lived on the land long before the settlers arrived. Toronto bureau chief Tomos Lewis asks what else Justin Trudeau has to do to set right the past.

Duration: 00:06:24


Post-Putin Russia

12/2/2017
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At some point, be it soon or not, Vladimir Putin will stop being the president of Russia. But after 18 years at the top and no clear line of succession, is it possible to imagine what that Russia might look like – and who or what could even replace him? Andrew Mueller is joined by Masha Gessen, Mark Galeotti, Mikhail Zygar and Vladimir Kara-Murza.

Duration: 00:37:57


Explainer 93: Is India losing its influence in Nepal?

11/29/2017
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With Nepal’s landmark general election heading into the next stage, Hong Kong bureau chief James Chambers explains why Kathmandu’s towering neighbours, China and India, are watching closely.

Duration: 00:06:02


Zimbabwe after Mugabe: now what?

11/25/2017
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Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule has come to an end amid jubilation at home and relief abroad. Emmerson Mnangagwa has been sworn in as the new president of Zimbabwe and faces the daunting task of rebuilding the country – and of meeting the hopes and expectations of its residents. Andrew Mueller asks what the future holds for Zimbabwe and how Zimbabweans will adjust.

Duration: 00:30:19


Explainer 92: What next for Angela Merkel?

11/22/2017
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After talks to form a new coalition government collapsed, the chancellor of Germany is facing the biggest crisis of her political career. Andrew Mueller asks what’s next for Angela Merkel?

Duration: 00:05:05


Does Japan need a military?

11/18/2017
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Since the Second World War Japan has been a pacifist nation. But during that time it has built up an impressive defence force that, if it was a fully fledged military, would be the eighth largest in the world. In an ever more unstable region is it time for this global power to fight for itself or will that only add to the instability? Christopher Lord is joined by Alessio Patalano, Yuka Kobayashi and John Nilsson-Wright.

Duration: 00:29:06


Explainer 91: Should Democrats be feeling confident?

11/16/2017
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With a recent string of electoral successes under their belts and the all-important mid-terms on their way next year, New York bureau chief Ed Stocker asks if the Democrats finally have something to celebrate.

Duration: 00:05:44


Explainer 91: Should Democrats be feeling confident?

11/16/2017
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With a recent string of electoral successes under their belts and the all-important mid-terms on their way next year, New York bureau chief Ed Stocker asks if the Democrats finally have something to celebrate.

Trouble in the House of Saud

11/11/2017
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After an abrupt and significant week in Saudi Arabia, from shock resignations to missile interceptions, Christopher Lord looks at the state of the House of Saud and the reasons behind its recent change of strategy. Also in the studio: Ahmed Al Omran, Jane Kinninmont and Mohammed Khalid Alyahya.

Duration: 00:28:02


Explainer 90: Should South Korea have better missiles?

11/8/2017
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With Donald Trump taking his first tour of Asia, all eyes are on a region wracked with tensions. But would more missiles be helpful or detrimental to the situation?

Duration: 00:03:23


A ‘new era’ for China?

11/4/2017
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Xi Jinping is, officially, China’s most powerful leader since Chairman Mao – his doctrine is enshrined in The Party’s constitution forever. But is China really at the start of a ‘new era’? Or have corruption, a slowing economy and the authoritarian regime started to have a negative impact on one of the world’s fastest growing economies? Christopher Lord is joined by Diane Wei Liang, Michael Auslin and Isabel Hilton.

Duration: 00:29:26


Explainer 89: What is the Balfour Declaration?

11/1/2017
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This week marks the centenary of the Balfour Declaration – a short paragraph that paved the way for the establishment of the State of Israel. What did it say and why are we still talking about it 100 years later?

Duration: 00:04:29


Who really runs the White House?

10/28/2017
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As commander in chief of the US and so-called leader of the free world, President Trump has achieved surprisingly little during his time in office. However, the country is still running and decisions are being made – but by whom? Andrew Mueller is joined by former US Senate aide Tom Nichols, chief national correspondent for ‘The Boston Globe’ Annie Linskey and former mayor of Minnesota RT Rybak.

Duration: 00:29:09


Explainer 88: Why do politicians cry?

10/26/2017
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For some it’s a sign of weakness, for others an outpouring of genuine emotion – something the public can connect with. Toronto bureau chief Tomos Lewis asks when is it ok for a politician to cry?

Duration: 00:07:21


Gaza’s Future

10/21/2017
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After a decade of isolation from the West Bank, not to mention military bombardment from Israel, Hamas has finally reached an agreement with the Palestinian Authorities. But is it enough to bring The Strip in from the cold – and do the other big regional players even want that to happen? Christopher Lord is joined by Donald Macintyre, Dalia Hatuqa, Atef Alshaer and Farah Baker.

Duration: 00:28:35

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