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Lebanon: state of the nation
With a cosmopolitan capital, picturesque countryside and improving – albeit fluctuating – security, Lebanon is on the up.
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.
Officer class: Poland's military university
Monocle Films visits Poland's land-forces academy, which is nurturing the next generation of officers to fuel its expanding defence forces.
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.
Addis Ababa: Bloom town
Once a byword for all that ailed African nations, Ethiopia is again playing to its strengths – and its booming capital, Addis Ababa, is at the centre of the resurgence.
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.
Safe and sound?
The UN Security Council is the iconic roundtable heart of diplomacy that decides when to act on some of the globe’s most pressing issues. But is the historic body still fit for purpose? We paid a visit to its HQ to find out.
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.
Mogadishu - Take Off
Somalia is a failed state but its airport, once a no-go zone, could offer a glimmer of hope. Writer Tristan McConnell and photographer Pete Muller illustrate the change.
Monocle joins Norway's peace and reconciliation unit as they bring the Colombian government and FARC rebels to the negotiating table.