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The Foreign Desk - latest episodes
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.
After Sunday’s attack on a tourist resort just outside Bamako, Andrew Mueller asks who are Mali’s Islamists and what do they want?
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…
As Hong Kong prepares to celebrate 20 years since its return to the motherland, Monocle’s Ceinwen Thomas asks who is celebrating what?
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?
Monocle’s Steve Bloomfield on what it means if the leader of the US walks, talks and acts like an autocrat.
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?
Monocle’s Asia editor at large, Kenji Hall, looks at the upcoming election in Mongolia.
In the first of a three-part special looking at the Horn of Africa, Steve Bloomfield explores a country in a state of flux: Somalia. The threat of terror, corruption and famine are high and help from outside often does more…
After Monday night’s terrorist attack at a concert in Manchester, Monocle’s Chris Lord looks to the past for hope for his home city’s future.
Russia has had an impact on a vast range of the world’s biggest stories in recent years: from the war in Syria to the unrest in Ukraine and the election in the US. Monocle’s Steve Bloomfield is joined by former Kremlin…
With Iranians going to the polls this weekend, our features editor asks if the votes really matter?
The UK goes to the polls next month but enthusiasm for the vote is somewhat limited. For the media, reporting on this election is no easy task. Steve Bloomfield is joined by George Parker, political editor for ‘The Finan…
For more than six weeks there have been near-daily demonstrations across the country, but the big question is 'what happens next'?
On 19 May Iranians get to decide their next president. In an election that’s more a test of current president Hassan Rouhani’s policies than an act of democracy, its importance might seem secondary to those elsewhere. But…