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February 2017

Plot and plan: an issue full of tone-setters for 2017. For our 100th issue we do a world tour of 'best in class' – in urbanism, education, media – and even get limber in Switzerland's finest gyms.

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Taking stock

For Monocle’s 100th issue our editors and correspondents have focused on issues of security, superior urbanism, the importance of being multilingual and why it’s good to move on – especially if you’re a big outfit like Nato…

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Tales from the front

The battle to take back the Iraqi city of Mosul from Isis has brought a wave of journalists to Erbil. With the combat zone just a taxi ride away, war has brought a new frontline economy to the Kurdish city.

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Event horizon

With Isis in retreat and the political and military situation in the Middle East more fluid than it has been for years, we asked leading experts what the future holds for the region – and terrorist-targeted capitals.

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Action station

Tactical task forces, state surveillance, shapely security measures hidden in plain sight: we find out how officials in Mexico, Israel and the UK are working to make their cities safer, from the heavy-handed to the out-of…

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At the vanguard

With increased violence and worsening segregation in her city, the past two years have not been easy for Karin Wanngård. But the mayor of Stockholm is leading the charge against crime and inequality – and shows no signs of…

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Americas briefing

Quebec's City pitbull ban, Guatemala's man of the people, the rise of feminism in Argentina and election in Ecuador.

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Asia Pacific briefing

Cyber security in China, flower power in the Cook Islands, kipping in Kyoto, taking off down under and holding on to power in Turkmenistan.

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Diplomacy briefing

Australia's ambassador to France on the two nations' alliance, plus Athens' Gropius gem and border control in Canada.

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Macri economics

President Mauricio Macri started on the right foot simply by not being Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. A year on he’s still got credit in the bank but only the metaphorical one; can he now rescue the economy?

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Talking shop

From an iconic US brand to Dutch teaching that’s second to ‘nun’, we present our guide to multilingualism.

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Aerobics in the aisles

Is Lycra on your shopping list? The Swiss have one of the healthiest lifestyles in Europe – and the blueprint for their wellbeing has been laid down by two supermarket chains that are now the country’s top fitness providers…

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The full package

Yamato Transport is the largest parcel-delivery service in Japan – but it’s also so much more. Its president, Yutaka Nagao, tells us that understanding his customers’ needs is why the brand has stayed on the right track.

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Making the grade

Indonesia may be known for its shopping-mall culture but a growing number of businesses are choosing new ways to reach consumers. We visit five innovative entrepreneurs thinking outside the air-conditioned box.

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Paper stocks

In a world of sliding newspaper sales, Rome daily ‘La Repubblica’ offers a beacon of hope for printed media.

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True stories

As founders of film distributor Dogwoof, Anna Godas and Andy Whittaker transformed what audiences expect from documentaries. With a keen eye for factual thrills, they’ve now turned to production to seek out the next real…

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Artistic merit

Art can prove a difficult topic of conversation even for the most formidable minds. But when artist-cum-critic David Salle and author Francine Prose get together they make it look effortless. Coincidence? We think not.

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Between the lines

Matters of national and international security are best left to the professionals. But who are they and where do they get their intelligence? From fact to fiction, we reveal our sources.

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