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The Foreign Desk

​Presented by ​Andrew Mueller, Monocle 24’s flagship global-affairs show features​ expert guests ​and in-depth analysis of the big issues of the week. Winner in the ‘best current affairs’ category of the 2018 British Podcast awards.

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Pakistan’s election: a turning point?:

On Wednesday 100 million registered voters in Pakistan will have the chance to decide their next prime minister. But the military remains a powerful political force and corruption is rife so what chance does the winner have of making positive change? Andrew Mueller is joined by Samira Shackle, Ayesha Siddiqa and Matthew Green.

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23721 Jul 2018
30 min

Pakistan’s election: a turning point?: 

On Wednesday 100 million registered voters in Pakistan will have the chance to decide their next prime minister. But the military remains a powerful political force and corruption is rife so what chance does the winner have of making positive change? Andrew Mueller is joined by Samira Shackle, Ayesha Siddiqa and Matthew Green.

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18 Jul 2018
4 min

Explainer 124: Why is Spain digging up its past?: 

Spain’s socialist government is planning to exhume the body of the country’s former dictator, Francisco Franco. Although controversial, is this an opportunity for the nation to move on from Franco’s divisive legacy?

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23614 Jul 2018
30 min

Scotus: how long can it stay impartial?: 

This week Donald Trump nominated his second justice to the Supreme Court. Brett Kavanaugh, if approved by the senate, can expect to be in his new job for the rest of his life. But is the court, which is supposed to be impartial to party politics, veering sharply right? Andrew Mueller is joined by Garrett Epps, Carol Sanger and Jeffrey Howard.

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11 Jul 2018
6 min

Explainer 123: Brexit: what the heck is going on now?: 

Just over two years after the UK voted to leave the EU, prime minister Theresa May’s government finally came up with a plan on how to do it. But many members of that government were so unhappy with the plan they resigned. So, Andrew Mueller asks, what now?

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2357 Jul 2018
30 min

A world without Nato?: 

Nato’s heads of state and government will meet in Brussels this week. With Russia becoming more defiant and the US less interested in co-operation, does the alliance have a future and, if so, what does it look like? Andrew Mueller is joined by Robert Fox, Elisabeth Braw and Fabrice Pothier.

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4 Jul 2018
9 min

Explainer 122: Trudeau’s town-hall strategy: 

Canada’s economy is growing and its immigration policies have been met with little hostility. However, relations with its largest trading partner, the US, are unpredictable and the man who has led the resurgence of ‘brand Canada’ internationally is facing fluctuating poll numbers. With just over a year to go until the next general election, is Justin Trudeau’s standing on the wane? And might heading to the town hall be the solution?

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23430 Jun 2018
30 min

Why are we still scared of immigration?: 

People have always travelled the world in search of discovery. Only recently have borders been imposed and restrictions been placed on those who wish to relocate. But, in the case of some of the world’s most prosperous countries, immigration is what has made them. So why do some fight so hard to stop it? Andrew Mueller is joined by Daniel Trilling, Priscilla Alvarez and Colin Grant.

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27 Jun 2018
4 min

Explainer 121: Who does Hong Kong support in the World Cup?: 

Every four years, football fever peaks worldwide. But for those whose national team didn't make the finals, deciding who to cheer for can be a surprisingly political choice. Our Hong Kong bureau chief, James Chambers, finds out who has the territory’s backing this year.

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23323 Jun 2018
30 min

An Ethiopian Spring?: 

After years of political oppression, violent protests and internal conflicts, could Ethiopia’s new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, lead the country into a new era? Andrew Mueller is joined by Mohammed Ademo, Michala Wrong and Ahmed Soliman.

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21 Jun 2018
5 min

Explainer 120: Separating families – is the White House right to blame lawmakers?: 

Images of children in detention centres have shocked the world this week but even after signing an executive order to keep families together, Trump still insists that Congress and the Democrats are to blame. Is this more of Trump’s trademark deflection or does he have a point? Monocle’s New York bureau chief Ed Stocker explains.

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23216 Jun 2018
30 min

Do we still need international summits?: 

With so many international summits taking place it’s hard to keep up, let alone remain interested. The recent meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, however, reignited the media’s passion for a handshake photo opportunity. Was the interest focused on the politics, or just the novelty of seeing two unlikely leaders together? What do these meetings actually achieve? And why hasn’t communication technology made them redundant? Andrew Mueller is joined by Stefania Palma, Aaron David Miller and David Reynolds.

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13 Jun 2018
5 min

Explainer 119: Who is really going to win the World Cup?: 

Lifting the trophy at the end of the World Cup would be great, sure. But for the 31 other countries taking part, all will not be lost when their time in the tournament is done. The underdogs, the unexpected victors, the villains – every team, and therefore country, is entering into a battle for recognition. Andrew Mueller asks who will emerge the winner.

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2319 Jun 2018
30 min

Who is killing Mexico's mayors?: 

The run-up to Mexico’s elections in July have been far from ordinary: many of the candidates have been killed and even more have decided that it isn’t worth the risk. But is this just part of the election process in one of the world's most violent countries or does the problem run deeper? Andrew Mueller is joined by journalist Esteban Illades, former deputy foreign minister of Mexico Andrés Rozental and the mayor of Pachuca, Yolanda Tellería Beltrán.

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6 Jun 2018
5 min

Explainer 118: Why is Bashar al-Assad going to North Korea?: 

When North Korean state media announced this week that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad was to visit Kim Jong-un the world reacted with a collective ‘Huh?’ But the two leaders have plenty in common and, as Andrew Mueller explains, this won’t be the first time the countries have co-operated.

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2302 Jun 2018
30 min

Do sanctions really work?: 

Sanctions are a good way for a country to show that they are unhappy with the way another country is acting but who do they really punish? And are they just the easy option? Andrew Mueller is joined by Andrea Berger, Shashank Joshi and Nahlah Ayed.

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