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February 2016

Are you a host with the most? The art of first impressions. Our first Reader Survey on the friendliest people, nations, cities, airports, hotels and brands – and how you can join their smiling ranks.

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Defence briefing

Saudi Arabia steps up its stocks of smart munitions and both the UK and Ukraine add to their air forces.

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Oceania briefing

Why Australia's fifth prime minister in five years may stick around and the country's Antarctic adventure.

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Asia briefing

Building a new state capital in India, South Korean entertainment and a political dynasty in the Philippines.

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Europe briefing

The UK's relationship with the EU, Catalonia's secessionist drive and a conversation with the mayor of Berlin.

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Home away from home

Residents of Lebanon’s mountainous Chouf region meet each week in the Moukhtara Palace in Beirut. There, greeted with hot Turkish coffee, Arab hospitality makes them feel right at home.

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Be our guest

A warm welcome can go a long way in showing the world what you’re made of, whether in business or national image-making. With the help of Monocle readers, we’ve compiled our new Hospitality Survey – and we cordially invite…

2016

January

From the editorial team at Monocle, our annual focus on the currents, trends and monkey business to watch out for in the year ahead.

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Reportage: Captains of industry

Despite the economic and refugee crises crashing onto Greece’s shores, there is one line of work keeping the country afloat. We drop anchor at the maritime school and naval academy educating those who will be serving the…

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What's the big idea?

At these global institutions it’s the thought that counts. We’ve been to London, Nairobi, Madrid, Hong Kong and Washington to meet the researchers and academics that fill think-tanks with ideas and policies to direct those…

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Ordnance survey

From laser technology and missile deployment to regional rivalry, these are the military developments set to shape how nations make foreign policy over the coming year.

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Strong language

The world's governments would be lost without interpreters. Meet the old hands at the UN headquarters and the students who will help us understand one another in the years ahead. Without these guys, nothing gets done.

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Ahead of the pack

From publishers to soap-makers, royals to the church, we present the front-runners who will be powering the world in 2016 and beyond.

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December 2015/ January 2016

Hunker down for the holidays: a Monocle Christmas special. Feet up, curl up and read up – we sit down with Nato's secretary-general, take a studio tour with Ed Ruscha and meet Madrid's tough new mayor

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How to be liked

Soft power is a precious commodity and needs protecting. But even if your nation and its government seem to lose their way, fear not: you can fix this without them.

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The Interview Series: Jens Stoltenberg

Faced with dilemmas over the expansion of Nato, the fight against Isis and how much to invest in security and defence, Jens Stoltenberg will have a busy inbox next year – but his main priority will always be keeping the…

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The Interview Series: Nadine Moussa

Amid the many problems facing Lebanon's political landscape – gender inequality, in-fighting and vested financial interests - lawyer and activist Nadine Moussa may just be what the country needs.

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The Interview Series: Manuela Carmena

Spain's capital is in the midst of reform courtesy of a 71-year-old retired judge. We find out why Manuela Carmena has eschewed slippers and crosswords in favour of tackling climate change and banishing corruption.

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Building bridges

Monocle's annual Soft Power Survey puts the spotlight on the nations that use their gentler sides to gain influence. And this year's winner is...

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High fliers

With a careful eye for detail, Icelandair has helped tourism overtake fishing as Iceland’s key industry and promote the country as different and dynamic.

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Hot trot

Tango's international appeal is stronger than ever but to excel at Argentina's passionate dance, enthusiasts must be in possession of just one thing – the right pair of shoes.

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