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22 Feb 2020
30 min

The Foreign Desk - Syria: who wants what?: 

A nine-year civil war has brought immense suffering upon the Syrian people. But this has never been only a Syrian conflict. Aside from the fighting between Syria’s government and Syrian rebel groups, the war has drawn in Russia, Turkey, Iran and the US, among others. Earlier this week, Turkey and Russia failed to reach an agreement on a ceasefire in Idlib. What are all the regional players fighting for? And is there any real chance of any of them getting it?

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18 Feb 2020
22 min

The Pioneers - Sara Saeed Khurram: 

Andrew Mueller speaks to Sara Saeed Khurram, founder of Sehat Kahani, about the “doctor brides” phenomenon and what she is doing to get female doctors in Pakistan practising while also making healthcare accessible.

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15 Feb 2020
30 min

The Foreign Desk - A new Ireland?: 

Last Saturday’s general election in the Republic of Ireland ended a solid, century-old political duopoly. Sinn Fein, the party best known as the political wing of the IRA, won more votes than Fianna Fail or Fine Gael. How and why did this happen, and what happens now? Andrew Mueller is joined by Naomi O'Leary, Pat Leahy and Siobhan Fenton.

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8 Feb 2020
30 min

The Foreign Desk - Can Burkina Faso help itself?: 

Burkina Faso has its share of problems – not least a growing number of attacks by jihadist groups. But with a weak government and underfunded security forces, what options does the country have? Will further French military support actually help? Andrew Mueller is joined by Mahamoudou Savadogo, Hannah Armstrong and Bakary Sambe.

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3 Feb 2020
15 min

The Bulletin with UBS - Investor sentiment: 

The panel explores the global investor outlook, dipping into UBS Global Wealth Management’s latest quarterly survey. Both high-net-worth individuals and business owners have a more upbeat outlook entering the new year, with cash levels and concerns over domestic politics declining. The panel discusses the role that home bias plays in informing optimism, considers the lessons of the past 12 months and finds out what tops the list of concerns for investors this year, wherever they are in the world.

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1 Feb 2020
30 min

The Foreign Desk - Antarctica: A place of peace and science: 

But for how much longer? Two hundred years after humans first glimpsed Antarctica, it remains a diplomatic anomaly, designated for science. Could the only continent on which a war has never been fought become less peaceful? Andrew Mueller is joined by Joseph Cook, Camilla Nichol and Klaus Dodds.

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25 Jan 2020
30 min

The Foreign Desk - Who will take on Trump?: 

As the US Democratic party takes steps towards choosing who will attempt to win the presidency, Andrew Mueller discusses the candidates’ strengths and weaknesses and asks if they are up to the job. Andrew is joined by Kara Voght, Asma Khalid, Jacob Parakilas, Olivia Nuzzi, Ryan Williams and Brian Klaas.

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18 Jan 2020
30 min

The Foreign Desk - Samantha Power: part II: 

Former US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power also served as a foreign policy adviser for Barack Obama. She talks to Andrew Mueller about her memoir and discusses Obama’s foreign policy, Trump’s disruption of the diplomatic order and whether the US can reconcile its interests with its values.

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13 Jan 2020
15 min

The Bulletin with UBS - Crisis in the Middle East: 

As well as providing a recap of the events that shaped a turbulent week for the Middle East, our panel will explore how the geopolitical volatility has impacted markets and consider how investors should best position to navigate the choppy waters.

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11 Jan 2020
30 min

The Foreign Desk - Qassem Suleimani: the fallout: 

​The effects of the assassination of Iranian military officer Qassem Suleimani and Iraq's Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in Baghdad on 3 January are yet to be fully seen. What is known is that it reignited or reaffirmed many of the tensions that previously existed. Tom Edwards chairs a discussion asking what could be next for an already unstable situation.

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19 Feb 2020
6 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 203: Could Russia go to war with Belarus?: 

As Russia puts more pressure on Belarus, might tension between the two neighbours result in conflict?

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12 Feb 2020
6 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 202: Did the president of El Salvador stage a coup d’etat?: 

The president of El Salvador stormed parliament at the weekend surrounded by armed troops. Opponents have accused him of attempting a coup d’etat. Andrew Mueller asks why someone already in charge would feel such a manoeuvre was necessary.

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5 Feb 2020
7 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 201: Who was Mad Mike Hoare?: 

The true story of Mad Mike Hoare is a throwback to a time when foreign policy could be made by a planeload of middle-aged white guys with guns taking over entire countries. Although this business model is now – thankfully – frowned upon, it has by no means disappeared. Andrew Mueller discusses the mercenary’s legacy.

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29 Jan 2020
6 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 200: Will Jared Kushner’s Middle East peace plan work?: 

No. No, it won’t. But that’s only if one assumes that the point of the plan is to actually provide a workable solution that suits both Israel and Palestine. Andrew Mueller looks at what could really be behind the so-called deal of the century.

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22 Jan 2020
5 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 199: What’s driving Turkey’s foreign policy?: 

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, fresh from the Libyan peace talks, has signalled that his sights are now set on Somalia. Andrew Mueller asks what he hopes to gain from these partnerships.

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15 Jan 2020
5 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 198: What is Russia really doing in Libya?: 

Russian president Vladimir Putin might be better known for starting disputes than trying to solve them. But he has displayed an uncharacteristic interest in bringing the civil war plaguing Libya to an end. Why? Andrew Mueller asks what might actually be in it for Russia.

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8 Jan 2020
5 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 197: What’s at stake in Taiwan’s election?: 

Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen looks set to be re-elected this weekend but it will be a tough term, with China seeking reunification while opinion on the island shifts towards independence. James Chambers asks what the future might hold for Taiwan.

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18 Dec 2019
6 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 196: Why has Pakistan sentenced a former president to death?: 

Many of Pakistan’s leaders, or at least their careers, have met an untimely end – and now a court in Islamabad has sentenced former president Pervez Musharraf to death for high treason. Andrew Mueller looks at what Musharraf might have done to deserve this.

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