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Join Monocle’s editors and guests drawn from our unrivalled pool of international commentators, analysts and experts to unpack the issues dominating the day’s agenda. From diplomatic wrangles and border disputes to big business and frontline politics, this is the programme you need to hear to make sense of a dynamic and sometimes volatile world.

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Join Monocle’s editors and guests drawn from our unrivalled pool of international commentators, analysts and experts to unpack the issues dominating the day’s agenda. From diplomatic wrangles and border disputes to big business and frontline politics, this is the programme you need to hear to make sense of a dynamic and sometimes volatile world.

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10848 Feb 2016
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Join Monocle’s editors and guests drawn from our unrivalled pool of international commentators, analysts and experts to unpack the issues dominating the day’s agenda. From diplomatic wrangles and border disputes to big business and frontline politics, this is the programme you need to hear to make sense of a dynamic and sometimes volatile world.

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10835 Feb 2016
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Friday 5 February: 

More than $10bn (€9bn) in aid money is headed to Syria but as peace talks stall in Geneva we wonder whether this is an admission of defeat. We also take a look at the thousands of Iraqi migrants heading home after too many cold, sleepless nights. Plus: after the monumental failure to predict Donald Trump’s loss in Iowa, we ask whether anyone is even looking at the polls anymore.

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10824 Feb 2016
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Thursday 4 February: 

Peace talks aimed at ending the war in Syria crumble further as Russia vows to press ahead with airstrikes. Meanwhile, Germany aims for a decidedly different tone in Kremlin relations while Ukraine’s president sees an increasing risk of all-out war. Plus: the EU splashes €3bn on Turkey in a bid to stem migrant numbers but why is Italy holding back?

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10813 Feb 2016
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Wednesday 3 February: 

There may be no universal solution to dealing with Isis but could Tunisia’s rocky political road hold some clues? One political candidate says yes. Meanwhile, despite calls from the US and its allies to uphold a peace process, Russia continues its bombing campaign in Syria. Plus: Korean tensions over satellite launch.

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10802 Feb 2016
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Tuesday 2 February: 

Ted Cruz may have steamrolled the Republican race in Iowa but beyond the noise and distractions, what were Iowa voters really saying? Meanwhile, the UK is a step closer to striking a deal on EU reforms and apparently it’s good news for Brits. Plus: Russia on sale! Ever dreamed of owning a Russian airliner? Now’s your chance.

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10791 Feb 2016
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Monday 1 February: 

As the Iowa caucus gets underway we ask whether, in a state lacking any great diversity, the event’s reputation is a little too inflated. We also discuss Burma as Aung San Suu Kyi caps off a struggle more than 25 years in the making. Plus: the US includes its Afghan allies in its efforts against Isis and how a Chinese Ponzi scheme snowballed into a billion-dollar disaster.

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107829 Jan 2016
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Friday 29 January: 

Phil Clark and Jane Kinninmont join Monocle’s Tom Edwards to discuss the day’s top news stories, from Syrian peace talks and the Zika health crisis to the status of the International Criminal Court.

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107728 Jan 2016
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Thursday 28 January: 

Sebastian Borger of ‘Berliner Zeitung’ and Robert Fox of the ‘London Evening Standard’ join Monocle’s Steve Bloomfield to discuss Sweden’s refugee crisis, the upcoming Syrian peace talks in Geneva and the US presidential election.

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107627 Jan 2016
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Wednesday 27 January: 

Nina Schick and Ivor Gaber join Monocle’s Andrew Tuck to discuss refugees in Europe, Hassan Rouhani’s visits to Italy and France and Nicolas Sarkozy’s new book.

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107526 Jan 2016
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Tuesday 26 January: 

The prospects for Syrian peace talks in Geneva, how Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov sees the past year in international diplomacy and why an Italian museum covered nude statues ahead of Iran president Hassan Rouhani’s visit.

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107425 Jan 2016
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Monday 25 January: 

A week after sanctions were dropped, Iran’s president touches down in Italy in search of friends in the business world; we ask how lucrative Hassan Rouhani’s trip could prove to be. Plus: five years on from the uprising, Cairo is again on high alert as authorities raid thousands of homes in a bid to muffle protests.

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107322 Jan 2016
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Friday 22 January: 

Shashank Joshi and Jeffrey Kofman join Monocle’s Steve Bloomfield to discuss Syrian peace talks and Egypt’s political situation. Plus: Donald Trump’s antagonistic relationship with the conservative American magazine ‘National Review’.

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107221 Jan 2016
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Thursday 21 January: 

Isabel Hilton and James Rodgers join Tom Edwards to discuss the Litvinenko case, China-Taiwan relations and the World Economic Forum in Davos.

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107120 Jan 2016
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Wednesday 20 January: 

Kathleen Burke and Martin Plaut join Andrew Tuck to discuss refugees in Europe, the World Economic Forum in Davos, political endorsements in the US and Nato’s presence in eastern Europe.

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107019 Jan 2016
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Tuesday 19 January: 

Daniella Peled and George Brock join Monocle’s Steve Bloomfield to discuss the day’s top news, including the status of the global political centre and Iran-US relations, the World Economic Forum in Davos and staff diversity at UK spy agencies.

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