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16 Jan 2021
30 min

The Foreign Desk - Vacci-nations: 

As coronavirus vaccine programmes begin rolling out around the world, we explore a nation’s duties, interests and opportunities to do it quickly and efficiently. What is a government’s duty towards its citizens – and, in a global crisis, to the world? Who should get it first? And how might vaccines be used to pursue national and diplomatic advantages? Andrew Mueller asks Arthur Caplan, Sarah Wheaton and Allison Kaplan Sommer.

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9 Jan 2021
30 min

The Foreign Desk - The Foreign Desk Live: where do Trump’s supporters go now?: 

In this special live edition of ‘The Foreign Desk’ Andrew Mueller is joined by Suzanne Lynch, Cynthia Miller-Idriss and Jeffrey Howard to discuss the aftermath of the siege of the US Capitol building. Who were the groups behind the insurrection, where does the movement go in a post-Trump era and how do you fight ongoing misinformation?

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2 Jan 2021
30 min

The Foreign Desk - 2021: Back to normal… or is it?: 

We look ahead to 2021. Even after Joe Biden becomes president and a vaccine has been rolled out, will things go back to what we thought of as normal or has the definition of normal changed? What will post-pandemic life look like? Is Trumpism here to stay? Has Black Lives Matter changed things for good? Andrew Mueller puts these and other questions to Rokhaya Diallo, Brian Klaas and Isabel Hilton.

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26 Dec 2020
30 min

The Foreign Desk - 2020: The year in review: 

It hasn’t been an easy 12 months to keep up with, but ‘The Foreign Desk’ has done its best. We pick out our highlights in an attempt to make sense of the 21st century’s weirdest year yet.

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19 Dec 2020
30 min

The Foreign Desk - Ami Ayalon on the two-state solution: 

The retired admiral and former director of Israel’s Shin Bet security service talks about his book ‘Friendly Fire: How Israel Became its Own Worst Enemy’. It is a memoir criticising Israel’s counterterrorism policies and arguing for a two-state solution in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process. He argues that it is not only the morally just thing to do, it is the only road to national security.

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13 Dec 2020
1 hour

The Curator - Highlights from Monocle 24: 

Here are our highlights from the last seven days on Monocle 24, carefully curated into 60 minutes. This week we look back on the life and legacy of US test pilot Chuck Yeager; we meet renowned chef Thomas Keller; and we head to Berlin to hear the story of the “Pink Pipe”.

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31 Mar 2021
29 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 259: Nordic Council of Ministers series, part one: Education: 

The Nordic countries have a proud history of high achievement in international education rankings but how are they future-proofing the next generation, and what can the world learn from the Nordic model? ‘The Foreign Desk’ and our Denmark correspondent, Michael Booth have teamed up with the Nordic Council of Ministers for a series of five special, monthly episodes delving deeper into topics of global importance from the region, the first of which looks at education.

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24 Mar 2021
6 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 258: What are Benjamin Netanyahu’s options?: 

The results from Israel’s fourth election in two years are currently inconclusive. Andrew Mueller explains what prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu might need to do to retain power.

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17 Mar 2021
5 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 257: A new united leadership in Libya: 

After over six years of a split government, Libyans are now looking forward to a new united leadership headed by interim prime minister, Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh. Andrew Mueller explains whether Dbeibeh’s promises are enough to fix the fractured country.

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10 Mar 2021
6 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 256: What the monarchy means to the English: 

Recent fallings out within the British royal family have caused quite the stir around the world. Often, the noise can be dismissed as an obsession with tattletale gossip but the discourse currently emanating from England is a symptom of something more serious. Andrew Mueller, an Australian residing in London, offers an explanation as to why a portion of the English populace are royally vexed.

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3 Mar 2021
5 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 255: Sentencing Sarkozy: 

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has been convicted for attempted bribery and potentially faces more legal consequences for other crimes of corruption. While the domestic ramifications are likely to be small, Andrew Mueller explains how it may be significant for countries struggling with corruption.

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17 Feb 2021
7 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 253: Guantanamo Bay – here to stay?: 

The terrorist detention facility is arguably the most controversial prison in the world. Obama proclaimed he’d close it; Trump swore to add to it. Neither got what they wanted. Why? And what can Biden do with it now?

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3 Feb 2021
6 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 251: The Greene party: 

The Trump era is over but congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene has sprinted forward to take the baton. Is the GOP able to distance itself from her QAnon conspiracy theories or is her popularity too valuable? Andrew Mueller explains.

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27 Jan 2021
8 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 250: Jerry Rawlings: 

Andrew Mueller looks back on the eventful life of Ghana’s longest-serving president.

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20 Jan 2021
5 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 249: The future of migrant caravans : 

A migrant caravan travelling from Central America to the US has been halted by military personnel in Guatemala, prompting speculation about the success of future migrations under the Biden administration. Andrew Mueller explains.

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13 Jan 2021
6 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 248: Qatar: the end of the Gulf’s grudge match: 

After years of being ostracised by its fellow Arab countries, Qatar has rapidly been welcomed back into the fold. Andrew Mueller explains the reasons behind this sudden change of heart.

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6 Jan 2021
7 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 247: The fight for the Central African Republic: 

CAR president Faustin-Archange Touadéra has been re-elected for another term. However widespread violence from militias purportedly under the direction of former president François Bozizé look set to undermine his premiership. Andrew Mueller explains.

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16 Dec 2020
6 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 246: How does the electoral college work? : 

Joe Biden was officially voted in as president-elect this week. Andrew Mueller explains what the electoral college is, why it matters, and what the recent vote means for president Donald Trump

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