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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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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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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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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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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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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Observation

Not only are you reading Monocle’s thickest issue ever, but there is more big news on the way. We are launching our first Monocle television series with Bloomberg, there’s a new newspaper venture and we have almost secured…

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Burning bright

Following a successful rescue reinvention by entrepreneur Ramdane Touhami, historic candle maker Cire Trudon has kept its flame alive and grown to become an industry leader.

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Drinking games

Asia remains thirsty for western wines and in California there’s an unlikely vineyard owner making the most of the boom: computer game mogul Kenzo Tsujimoto. Overleaf we look at more food and drink trends for 2011 and…

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On the table

From the restaurant scene to what we’re pouring ourselves for breakfast and cooking up in our kitchens, we bring you four trends that are changing the business of what we eat and drink.

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Business Briefing

Sydney's business district's new waterfront development, why Brazilian biofuels make a good investment, and how sustainable engineering is benefiting Africa.

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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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