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Venice: soft-power potential
Monocle editor in chief Tyler Brûlé takes a look at how nations are using the world stage of the Venice Architecture Biennale to reflect their identity and build their brand.
Soft Power Survey 2017/18
Who's in and who's out in 2017? We survey the top 25 nations who got it right (and wrong) in this most delicate of diplomatic skills.
Why start-ups thrive in Canada
To celebrate this year's soft power survey winner, we visit an emerging roster of budding businesses in Montreal. Canada's innovations minister Navdeep Bains reveals how the country is capitalising on the US's restrictive visa policies.
How to make a nation
From diplomacy to government, business to media, how do we create a vibrant nation? To coincide with the publication of “How to Make a Nation: A Monocle Guide”, Steve Bloomfield posed this question to panellists and delegates at our Quality of Life Conference in Vienna.
Vatican foreign policy
Like many sovereign states, the Holy See pursues an active foreign policy. We visit the Vatican's foreign ministry, where world peace is always on the agenda.To find out more about the Vatican’s foreign ministry, read our article.
Soft Power Survey 2015/16
While flexing military and economic muscle can yield the most dramatic changes, a nation’s soft power can achieve more worthwhile outcomes. Our sixth annual survey puts the spotlight on the nations that use their gentler sides to gain influence.
Circle of friends – the art of Arctic diplomacy
As the diplomatic wrangle over the Arctic continues, Monocle's Toronto bureau chief Tomos Lewis travelled to the Arctic Council's meeting in Iqaluit in northern Canada to assess the path ahead for this strategically important area.
As their cutesy, cartoon profiles – and fanbases – continue to soar, Japan's cuddly collection of corporate mascots has come to inhabit a central part of the nation's identity. We meet these celebrated creations and the people who bring them to life.
The Building - Toronto City Hall
Take a look inside Toronto's iconic City Hall and discover how its creation almost 50 years ago signalled the start of a modern metropolis.
Skopje: starting again
A nation defining its identity - or architectural vandalism? We head to the capital of the Republic of Macedonia to investigate the controversial building project.
When in Rome
If you’re in the diplomatic game you could do worse than a posting in Rome, where you’ll probably be put up in a palazzo fit for a pope. Monocle pays a visit to the ambassadors of Brazil and France.
Soft Power Survey 2013
The results are in for Monocle's annual Soft Power Survey. We have once again collaborated with the Institute for Government to come up with 30 countries who best attract favour from other nations through culture, sport, cuisine, design, diplomacy and beyond. Here are the top 10 for 2013.
Soft Power Survey - 2012
Monocle's third annual Soft Power Survey is an attempt to push the debate on where soft power comes from and how to use it. With current shifts in the global power balance, never has it been more relevant.
EXPO 2012, South Korea
The South Korean city of Yeosu is host to the three-month world Expo 2012. The fair aims to spread awareness about ocean life but most people show up for the entertainment, including national pavilions, robots, K-pop acts and a bayside water-and-fire show. Monocle’s Kenji Hall went to find out more.
Museums as Soft Power
“How museums became soft power ambassadors”. Monocle and the V&A hosted a discussion exploring how culture nations. Moderated by Monocle’s editor in chief Tyler Brûle speakers on the panel were:Simon Anholt, independent policy adviser Laurence des Cars, scientific director, Agence France-Museums The Right Honourable Lord Howell of Guildford, minister of state at the foreign and commonwealth office Martin Roth, director, V&A