56

September 2012

From war reporters to model soldiers, Monocle issue 56 reports from the frontline of defence. We join Norway’s new recruits, get kitted out with Vatican City veterans and keep a close watch on the defence industry’s moving targets.

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Americas Briefing

Warnings that Paraguay's political uncertainty could be exploited by a guerilla group, the US's cuts of military aid to Colombia, and Argentina and China talk defence.

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Aerial assault

Galgalatz is a popular radio station with an eclectic music mix. What’s unusual is that the DJs wear uniforms, short haircuts and very shiny shoes. Monocle listens in to the Israeli Army on the airwaves.

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On the defensive

The sheer breadth of countries covered by the defence-themed analyses in this issue illustrates the dizzying scale of modern-day conflicts. Some are in full flow, others are receding and many are threatened; all require our…

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Culture Briefing

A Japan military media special, Bollywood's war films, and the "Cairo Year One" exhibition in London.

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Observation

Alongside London’s world sporting showcase and its potential for growth, our editor in chief Tyler Brûlé considers Monocle’s very own expansion plans for this summer.

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Oceania Briefing

Fiji's dictator is this issue's style leader, Australia makes friends to handle cuts to military spending, and why new boats are part of New Zealand's defence forces' shake up.

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Expo 56: High-water mark

Japan’s territorial waters are vast and volatile, home to some of the most disputed islands in east asia. the Japan coast guard is tasked with policing the area. Monocle climbed aboard to see how they do it.

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Diplomacy Briefing

An interview with the Swedish Navy defence attache in Washington, Qatar's position on Syria, and China and Japan put the spooks on each other on joint exercises.

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Show of force

The largest city to be created in the past 100 years is Brazil’s capital. That bold, modernist ideal extends to its military departments, shaped in swathes of creative concrete by architectural icon, Oscar Niemeyer.

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Overseas export

Netherlands shipbuilder Damen manufactures the boats that keep navies and coast guards up-to-speed worldwide. A near-century old success story, theirs is a contribution to a local tradition stretching back even further.

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A world at war

People talk of the world becoming a smaller place, but there is still a lot of room for hostility. Here, Monocle has identified 20 of the most volatile areas of contention.

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Duty and the beast

Never work with animals is a mantra in TV but exotic, domestic and native beasts have been employed to work in conflicts around the world with mixed consequences. Take a walk on the wild side with Monocle.

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Home front

The functional concrete bungalows hastily built after the Second World War to house the US troops are becoming a popular option for young Japanese looking for more living space.

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Peace by piece

Stockholm-based SIPRI is one of the world’s leading military thinktanks, advising governments all over the world. Yet behind its success is a uniquely Swedish approach.

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How to get lost

The US military has long used a type of camouflage pattern designed according to the type of terrain in which it will be used. Now, a Brooklyn-based company has persuaded it to try a new way of (not) seeing things.

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Military parade

Part of the British Army for nearly 200 years, Nepalese Gurkhas are renowned for their skill and bravery. For Monocle, these Gurkhas swapped their distinctive uniforms for bold, smart civvies.

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Industry targets

Keeping the wheels of war turning requires well-run businesses. Some of the world’s most recognisable household brand names have pushed ahead in the fields of technology and innovation by supplying new products to the…

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