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Ethiopia and Eritrea: blue skies ahead
Celebrations have been erupting in Ethiopia and Eritrea as their 20-year conflict comes to an end. We board the first flight between Addis Ababa and Asmara since 1998 to capture the mood as friends and families are finally reunited.
Kenya: state of the nation
This east African anchor boasts world-famous writers and athletes but corruption and flawed infrastructure hold it back.
Netherlands: state of the nation
In our animated series we assess how the Dutch are performing on the world stage as well as at home.
Russia: state of the nation
The soft power of the world’s largest country has taken a hit of late. We look at Russia’s ups and downs in our animated nation survey.
São Tomé: blinded by the sun
Monocle's Steve Bloomfield and photographer Zed Nelson travel to São Tomé to report on the corruption and misguided ambition that have been a blight on the fortunes of this tropical African island.
Nagorno-Karabakh: limbo land
The republic of Nagorno-Karabakh in the Caucasus lies in purgatory. Despite its violent history, peace and PR is seen as the fastest route to normality; we visited just before the most recent flare-up to see if it can succeed.
Art of war: Afghanistan
With an exhibition of his artwork of war-torn Afghanistan opening at the Imperial War Museum North, artist and illustrator George Butler received a visit from Monocle films. His ink-and watercolour scenes bring a new depth to reportage more often the preserve of combat photographers.
In a war zone, even the hotels are targets. Monocle visits three high-risk hotels, including the Corinthia in Tripoli where nine people were killed in an attack last year.
Puerto Rico - state of debate
Puerto Rico is struggling with a faltering economy and an ongoing argument over its status as a US territory. Monocle meets the residents attempting to rethink the island’s future.
They make the news mainly for the number of would-be emigrants attempting to leave their troubled shores. We visit the volatile islands off East Africa to find out how they became a hotbed of political intrigue.
Boom and Gloom
Kashgar may look like just another Chinese boomtown but the city is riven with ethnic tensions. Monocle visits a frontier where tradition is clashing with change.
Monocle joins Norway's peace and reconciliation unit as they bring the Colombian government and FARC rebels to the negotiating table.
Since the Arab Spring gathered pace two years ago, Morocco has avoided the violent upheaval of its neighbours. Andrew Mueller and photographer Yoann Stoeckel travelled to Rabat to discover why.