Contributors / Sasha Issenberg

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All about the journey

Take a circuitous route via India, Scotland, Turkey, Russia, Japan and the US for meandering musings on the singular pleasure of travel. illustrated by Matt Blease

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Taming the streets

Once considered ungovernable, Mexico City has taken its first steps to becoming a socially progressive ‘megalopolis’ – and much of the credit for that can be given to its innovative new mayor, Miguel Ángel Mancera.

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World class

In diplomatic schools across the globe a fresh generation of young thinkers are learning how to improve international relations from the institutions that spawned today’s political heavyweights.

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Toeing the party line

As Barack Obama’s chief of protocol, Capricia Marshall is the public face of the White House when ambassadors and diplomats are in town. Keen to cement her legacy, she tells us how she gets things done in between the black…

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Into the wild

Serving the No Return Wilderness Area, Salmon Air carries passengers seeking a taste of the outdoors, and the odd llama. The skilled pilots undergo intensive training to deal with the airstrips, or lack of.

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Make some dough

Pizza has long been heralded as a cheap, all-American staple. But delegates at Las Vegas’s International Pizza Expo were also witness to a booming artisanal pizza trend – and some dough tossers to boot.

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Anchor Man

Lebanese journalist Hisham Melhem has been a correspondent for many of the Middle East’s largest newspapers and now presides over TV station Al Arabiya’s Washington bureau. He talks to Monocle about covering a winter of…

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Together again

In the first of a new series examining the possible turn of events in future scenarios, Monocle looks at how the reunification of North and South Korea might unfold.

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Expo 41: The banished world

The notion of exile often evokes a more romantic era but for many leaders, a life banished from their homeland still beckons (fancy hosting a despised Tunisian president anyone?).

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Let's look at plan B

Struggling nations and cities need to hitch up their skirts, quicken their step and just get on with it. Our editor-in-chief follows up the debates stirred up in this issue.

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The city limits

New York City’s enviable culture and wealth have failed to spread to its northern hinterlands. For ailing cities like Buffalo, it’s do or die time.

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Let's talk about this

How do you persuade a Somali pirate to release his hostages or rebel kidnappers to let their abductees go? We meet the negotiators out to fix the world in 2011.

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Daddy's girl

Keiko Sofía Fujimori was Peru’s first lady at age 19 – appointed by her father, the then-president. Now 35, she is standing for the top job herself, while her father is in jail charged with corruption. Can she win over the…

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Give and take

Once the recipient of foreign financial handouts, the Republic of Korea has transformed itself into a manufacturing powerhouse and an aid donor. As the G20 summit opens in Seoul, Monocle asks whether it is giving enough and…

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Expo 37: Kings of the Hill

Wannabe nations, industrial behemoths and global media brands all know the value of having their man, or woman, in Washington. It may lack the old cold war intrigues but It's still where the fate of the world can be decided…

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A man of the people

Minneapolis mayor RT Rybak has a unique brand of governing. Reelected to his third term last year, he’s marketing the city’s tap water, pushing farm-to-plate food initiatives and is a believer in people doing their civic…

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French revision

Napoleon sold off Louisiana in 1803 but the French government is busier than ever promoting Gallic culture in the former colonial state. Latest move: funding a new school and getting the headlines from Paris on the local…

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Wing and a prayer

If your airport fails to meet US standards, then don’t expect flight connections to JFK or LAX. That’s what left Liberia facing isolation. The solution? Get the Americans in to train your staff and run your airport. We see…

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Separate lives

In October the Dutch island of Curaçao will become a new semi-autonomous nation. It’s hoping that its proximity to South America will make it an ideal gateway for European countries doing business in the region. But first…

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Recognise us yet?

But only a third of countries have acknowledged it and the young state has no seat at the UN and is forbidden from playing in international football matches. However, in the capital, Pristina, they have a plan.

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Hope, still

Barack Obama may not yet have brought about as much change as promised, but he himself has certainly changed. He has learnt that he will have to fight dirty to get things done – and this means his first year in office can…

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Post modern

Like other state-owned mail services, Swiss Post is under pressure from private-sector competition and the internet, but it is not running scared. The firm is transforming itself into a media and technology brand.

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