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The Foreign Desk

Presented by Andrew Mueller, this is Monocle 24’s flagship global-affairs show featuring interviews with political leaders and in-depth analysis of the big issues of the day. Featured as a ‘best classic podcast’ in the iTunes best of 2016 collection.

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Venezuela: can Maduro hold on?:

Unofficial referendums, spurious elections, strikes and riots – the ongoing instability in Venezuela is taking its toll on the people that live there. But could things have been different? And what can be done to return the country to normality?

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18522 Jul 2017
30 min

Venezuela: can Maduro hold on?: 

Unofficial referendums, spurious elections, strikes and riots – the ongoing instability in Venezuela is taking its toll on the people that live there. But could things have been different? And what can be done to return the country to normality?

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19 Jul 2017
4 min

Explainer 74: Cultural boycotts: 

After a drawn-out media spat, Radiohead played a concert in Israel this week. But why were people so against it – and what were they hoping to achieve?

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18415 Jul 2017
30 min

No place like home: 

In 1965 the UK separated the Chagos Islands, an archipelago in the middle of the Indian Ocean, from Mauritius to form the British Indian Ocean Territory. Everyone living there was evicted and they have been fighting to return ever since. After a vote in the UN referred the matter to the International Court of Justice, is now the time for Chagossians to return home?

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12 Jul 2017
6 min

Explainer 73: The decline and fall of Chris Christie: 

After a term steeped in controversy, has the political career of the outgoing governor of New Jersey come to an end? And if so, what’s next?

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1838 Jul 2017
30 min

Hong Kong’s 20-year handover hangover: 

Twenty years after the “one party, two systems” treaty guaranteed Hong Kongers’ democratic rights, we ask if China has kept its promises and whether the UK should have been a better advocate for its former colony. We get the verdicts from Lord Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong; Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s chief executive; Nathan Law, one of the key figures of the Umbrella Movement and the youngest lawmaker in Hong Kong’s history; and China Dialogue’s Isabel Hilton.

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5 Jul 2017
4 min

Explainer 72: What’s next for Yuriko Koike?: 

The Tokyo governor’s political career is going from strength to strength despite pervading attitudes – but what’s next for her?

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1821 Jul 2017
30 min

Mosul: the end of the fight against Isis?: 

In Iraq, Mosul is all but recaptured from Islamic State. In Syria, Raqqa looks likely to be freed next. Does the caliphate have a future if it holds no territory? And how can the retaken cities be rebuilt to stop IS coming back?

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29 Jun 2017
5 min

Explainer 71: Canada’s 150th Birthday: 

As Canada reaches the ripe old age of 150, Tomos Lewis asks what, exactly, is Canada celebrating?

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18124 Jun 2017
28 min

The Gulf – another Cold War?: 

As tensions continue to rise between Saudi Arabia and Iran, Andrew Mueller asks if the co-ordinated shunning of Qatar by many of its neighbours is just a distraction – and where this political stalemate could be heading.

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21 Jun 2017
4 min

Explainer 70: Who are Mali’s Islamists?: 

After Sunday’s attack on a tourist resort just outside Bamako, Andrew Mueller asks who are Mali’s Islamists and what do they want?

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18017 Jun 2017
30 min

Does independence always matter?: 

Independence movements don’t always mean a heroic struggle against oppression. Some countries that appear functional and pleasant to the outside world are home to people who do not agree. They want to be free – but from what?

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14 Jun 2017
4 min

Explainer 69: How will Hong Kong celebrate its return to China?: 

As Hong Kong prepares to celebrate 20 years since its return to the motherland, Monocle’s Ceinwen Thomas asks who is celebrating what?

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17910 Jun 2017
29 min

Horn of Africa – Kenya: 

In the last part of a special series looking at the Horn of Africa, we turn to Kenya ahead of this year’s election. Its old problems are still unresolved. So what sort of nation will emerge after the vote?

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8 Jun 2017
3 min

Explainer 68: Is the US becoming a rogue state?: 

Monocle’s Steve Bloomfield on what it means if the leader of the US walks, talks and acts like an autocrat.

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1783 Jun 2017
26 min

Horn of Africa – Ethiopia: 

In the second of a three-part special looking at the Horn of Africa, we explore a country in a state of emergency: Ethiopia. Protests have put the government under pressure and hundreds have been killed. So what’s next?

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