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6 Dec 2023
7 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 395: The UK’s Rwanda obsession: 

Rwanda has gone from being a place that not many British citizens could point to on a map to becoming one of the year’s biggest buzzwords, as a result of the incumbent Conservative government. Andrew Mueller explains the obsession. 

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29 Nov 2023
8 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 394: Democracy in a war zone: 

Though Ukraine’s next presidential election is scheduled to be held on 31 March 2024, Russia’s invasion of the country has created many issues that would prevent it from being truly free and fair. Andrew Mueller explains why some people think that Ukraine should hold it anyway.

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22 Nov 2023
8 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 393: George Weah concedes defeat: 

Liberia’s president, George Weah, has been praised for his sportsmanship after peacefully conceding the country’s election this week. Andrew Mueller explains why this is remarkable and why the football legend might have lost his position in the first place.

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15 Nov 2023
6 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 392: The return of David Cameron: 

Like a previously believed-to-be-dead character in a soap opera, former UK prime minister David Cameron’s episode-ending reveal on Downing Street caused an audible gasp, followed by questions of how, what, where, when and why? Andrew Mueller explains.

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8 Nov 2023
9 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 391: Australia and China’s hot and cold relationship: 

As Australia’s prime minister, Anthony Albanese, pays a visit to his Chinese counterpart, Andrew Mueller muses on the fickle relationship between the two countries over the past 50 years. 

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1 Nov 2023
8 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 390: What is Israel’s endgame?: 

As the retaliatory invasion of Gaza continues, Andrew Mueller ponders on what Israel wants to achieve and what outcome is most likely. 

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25 Oct 2023
7 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 389: Hezbollah: 

Andrew Mueller explains the history of Hezbollah and why it is claiming a stake in the conflict with Israel. 

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18 Oct 2023
5 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 388: Who is Ecuador’s new president-elect?: 

Daniel Noboa, a 35-year-old son of a banana tycoon, is set to become Ecuador’s next president. Andrew Mueller takes a closer look at the centre-right political outsider’s credentials.

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11 Oct 2023
7 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 387: Australia’s voice referendum: What is at stake?: 

Australians are preparing to vote in a historic referendum that would recognise Indigenous citizens in the country’s constitution by establishing an official voice to parliament. What is at stake?

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4 Oct 2023
6 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 386: Slovakia’s new direction?: 

Last weekend, Slovakia narrowly voted in Robert Fico, leader of the Smer party, as prime minister. He is in a legal battle with his president and one of his few allies appears to be Hungary’s pro-Putin leader, Viktor Orbán. Andrew Mueller explains how this new leadership is at odds with the country that Slovakia has been in recent years.

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27 Sep 2023
8 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 385: Saudi Arabia and Israel: 

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu have both signalled a strong desire to normalise relations between their countries. Andrew Mueller explains why this would be consequential and the hurdles both parties face. 

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20 Sep 2023
6 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 384: Eritrean cultural festivals: 

Expat Eritreans around the world have been protesting against Eritrean cultural festivals held in their cities. Andrew Mueller explains why the events’ links to the country’s incumbent president, Isaias Afwerki, have incensed those who have left their homeland.

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13 Sep 2023
6 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 383: Sikhs vs Modi vs Trudeau: 

Andrew Mueller explains how protests by the Sikh diaspora of Canada led to a frosty reception for the country’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, at the G20 summit in India. 

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6 Sep 2023
6 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 382: Friends like these: 

Andrew Mueller explains the growing relationship between Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un, and the potential implications that it may have for Russia. 

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30 Aug 2023
7 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 381: Resurgence of the Islamic State: 

Andrew Mueller explains how a once-diminished Islamic State is re-emerging across Africa. 

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23 Aug 2023
7 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 380: Guatemala’s new president: 

Guatemala has elected a new president, bringing hope to the country. But with five months to go until his inauguration, it remains to be seen how smooth the transfer of power will be. Andrew Mueller explains who Bernardo Arevalo is and what kind of president he might be.   

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2 Aug 2023
6 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 377: The fight for West Africa: 

Andrew Mueller looks at the coup in Niger as a symptom of the discontent rippling through West Africa.

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26 Jul 2023
7 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 376: What’s next for Spain?: 

Andrew Mueller explains what happened in Spain’s snap election and what is likely to come next.

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