39

December 2010 / January 2011

For Monocle’s December-January double issue, we look at the subject of soft power and rate the 25 countries who lead the way with cultural and social diplomacy.

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East side story

Hollywood and the rest of the world are paying close attention to the films coming out of Taiwan, South Korea and Japan. Even Vietnam is getting in on the act. Monocle takes a seat at Korea’s Pusan International Film Fes…

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For your diaries

Here’s a hand with your artistic intake over the coming months, from festivals to film releases.

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The new soft sell

Which countries get their way in the world without having to resort to military might? Who are the soft power leaders who know the value of well-placed aid or a good pop star? Over the following pages we name the top 25…

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Future forward

As the pace of technology speeds on full-throttle, four media visionaries describe how new developments will influence how we produce and consume news in 2011. And while they may have different views, one thing’s agreed:…

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Urbanism Forecast

Cairo's new satellite cities, the migration from Mumbai to Bandra, and Asia's frantic competition to build the world's tallest skyscrapers.

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Schools of thought

With design playing a more integrated role in government and business strategy around the world, Monocle hunts down the establishments spear-heading new movements and others that are keeping traditional ones alive.

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Environment Forecast

Chinese eco-cities, what the Pharoahs can teach us about climate change, and the battle between business and environmentalists over vast oil reserves in Canada.

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Best in show

Pottery, paper, furniture maker: it’s a varied mix at the For Stockists design show – which has gained a reputation as the place to spot Japan’s rising design talent.

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Politics Forecast

A look ahead at the year in politics, including the challenges facing Nicholas Sarkozy, some potential new EU members and the run-up to the US election.

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Danger zones

As 2011 approaches, storm clouds are gathering across international conflict zones. Monocle identifies the locations where things could kick off.

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Fashion Briefing

An eyewear boutique in New York with new and vintage frames, nautical jumpers for women and a new menswear store in Stockholm.

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Tbilisi two

In an attempt to attract foreign investment and ditch its Soviet-era image, the Georgian president has enlisted Michele De Lucchi to fill the capital’s skies with ambitious architecture. The Italian is clearly succeeding…

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Reach for the spy

As technology becomes more prevalent in the world of espionage, the idea of an undercover agent in a trench coat might seem old-fashioned. But the human touch is still very much in demand.

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Rough and ready

At this beach house holiday rental outside Sydney, all the furniture and equipment is for sale at the owners’ interior design company and they haven’t been afraid to leave a few rough edges. It’s a small house and a small…

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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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The place race

Chile, the Barents Sea, Haifa, a soon-to-be gentrified Berlin neighbourhood and a happening street in Istanbul. Monocle explains why these are the places to watch for business opportunities in 2011. Plus, what’s in store…

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Christmas gift guide

From chocolates to wooden toys, cameras to candleholders, we’ve scoured the globe for things we’d like to find in the Monocle Christmas stocking.

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Speaking volumes

In the past three years, Swedish language-teaching company EF has tripled in size and has left its competitors speechless. We profile the family firm that is transforming the industry.

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Expo 39: The Print Meister

‘Der Spiegel’ stands for everything that Monocle also holds dear: high-quality journalism, solid facts, covers that sell and a respect for the intelligence of its readers. So we thought it was time we paid a visit to the…

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