Contributors / Megan Gibson

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Power ahead

Emerging from the pandemic, we face a new set of challenges to add to the world’s many persistent issues. But this also presents an opportunity to reassess. We meet five leaders and thinkers who will influence how the world…

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Civic pride

Maverick mayors and plucky planners are springing into action to make their cities greener and cleaner – and prepare them for the big bounce back.

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Swiss flair

When it comes to money and diplomacy, Switzerland is an influential global player. But do other aspects of the national brand suit a broader international role? We asked seven of its best about what the future holds.

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Turning heads

From Belarus to Hong Kong, political uprisings were a feature of 2020. But 10 years on from the Arab Spring, it is clear that these heated movements don’t always result in real change. So what is the secret to success?…

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How to be a good citizen

Authorities set the tone but it’s residents that define the places they live in. So what can we do to improve the urban realm?

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50 steps to improving your city

Elevating the urban environment needn’t call for grand blueprints from city planners, nor sweeping regeneration. Small projects and individual details can make a difference. Here are a few starters from our editors.

Global

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Best foot forward

This year our Big Interview Series taps into the experience of the men and women guiding the travel industry to new horizons.

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Bonjour, tout le monde

French influence spans the globe, be it the wine you drink, the car you drive or the clothes you wear. It’s soft power with a swagger and Breton stripe too.

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French lessons

From political machinations and getting the hang of thinking like a local to freedom of the press and a love of flirting, our writers reveal what makes France tick.

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Happiness lab

According to the UN, Finns live in the world’s happiest nation – which is news to many of them. Look a little deeper though and it’s clear that decades of government-led tweaks to Finnish life have conjured up a surprising…

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Talking point

Provoking the ire of authority, reversing a decade of nationalism, taking the sting out of the news and the evolution of a pop persona. These matters – and more – are discussed by people of influence.

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The other half

For better or worse, first ladies and first men have the opportunity to be the softer face of an administration. Who gets it right?

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Recovery position

Katrin Jakobsdottir is a rare thing: a scandal-free, left-wing prime minister who believes in compromise. She takes a break to spread the word about Iceland’s economic success.

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Cometh the hour

Still basking in the warm afterglow of April’s peaceful revolution, Armenia’s prime minister Nikol Pashinyan knows the hard work starts now. Can he deliver what his people expect?

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Big ideas

Urban transformation often begins on a local scale, as these inspiring initiatives prove

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Ask the experts

Auckland’s mayor, a Slovenian urban planner and Taiwan’s cycling maven all have one thing in common: they want to improve the way you get from A to B.

Global

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In full flow

Shiny new infrastructure projects are often a way for mayors to broadcast their ambition and boost publicity (Garden Bridge, anyone?). But, as these five schemes show, the smartest planners present viable solutions to real…

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Food for thought

Culinary connoisseurs on the propaganda of provenance, the cookbook’s longevity, how to spot a good restaurant, drunken conventions, eating vicariously and divine produce.

Global

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Perfect blend

Russell Norman on managing a sumptuous spread of restaurants while writing a smorgasbord of compelling cookbooks.

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Give peace a chance

Donald Trump’s views on Jerusalem have left many feeling all hope of peace between Israelis and Palestinians is lost. But even now powerful campaigners are breaking the divide with a different message.

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Rock solid

For Lebanese rockers Mashrou’ Leila, a trusted crew is vital to make sure their music is heard over the controversy.

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