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9 Jul 2022
30 min

The Foreign Desk - Boris Johnson resigns – what next?: 

After weeks of clinging on, Boris Johnson has at last agreed to step down as UK prime minister. What legacy does he leave behind? What challenges will his successor face? How have Ukrainians reacted? Andrew Mueller speaks to Tobias Ellwood, Lance Price, Vincent McAviney and Aliona Hlivco.

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2 Jul 2022
30 min

The Foreign Desk - NATO: brain-dead no more?: 

In this special episode, the team travels to Madrid for Nato’s most important summit in generations. How much stronger has Russia made the alliance, if only by accident? Andrew Mueller speaks to Lithuania’s foreign minister, Gabrielius Landsbergis; the head of policy planning in the office of the secretary general at Nato, Benedetta Berti-Alberti; and Slovenia’s minister of foreign affairs, Tanja Fajon.

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25 Jun 2022
30 min

The Foreign Desk - Mark Esper: 

Andrew Mueller sits down with former US secretary of defence Mark Esper to discuss his tumultuous tenure in the Trump administration, the ongoing Capitol Hill committee hearings, and how he thinks other Western militaries ought to respond to current challenges.

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5 Oct 2022
7 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 336: Lebanon and Israel’s maritime mediation: 

Lebanon and Israel seem to be close to striking a deal on a disputed border in the Mediterranean. Andrew Mueller explains why this is surprising and why we shouldn’t see it as the beginning of a peace negotiation.

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28 Sep 2022
7 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 335: Who is Yevgeny Prigozhin?: 

Andrew Mueller takes a look at the alleged founder of the Russian network of mercenaries the Wagner Group.

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21 Sep 2022
6 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 334: What is the European Political Community?: 

Next month, Prague will host the first summit of the European Political Community. Andrew Mueller explains what it is and how it differs from the European Union.

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14 Sep 2022
6 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 333: ‘Lèse-majesté’: 

Monarchies can last only for as long as their citizens believe in them. Andrew Mueller examines what happens when the public doesn’t have a choice.

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7 Sep 2022
7 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 332: Changing of the guard : 

This week, Liz Truss was announced as the new prime minister of the United Kingdom. Andrew Mueller explains why visiting the Queen is the first (and last) stop for each PM.

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31 Aug 2022
7 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 331: Who is Muqtada al-Sadr?: 

Earlier this week violent protesters took to Iraq’s streets, leading to several deaths and many people being injured – prompted by the sudden announcement of Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s retirement from politics. Andrew Mueller explains who he is and why he has such a strong hold over the country’s citizens.

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24 Aug 2022
6 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 330: Imran Khan: 

Former prime minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has been charged by police with breaching the country’s anti-terror act. Andrew Mueller explains what this is all about.

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17 Aug 2022
7 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 329 – Scott Morrison: That’s not my job: 

Revelations have emerged that the former prime minister of Australia Scott Morrison had himself sworn in to five cabinet positions while serving as the leader of the government. Andrew Mueller tries to explain his rationale.

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10 Aug 2022
6 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 328: Gaza: 

Last week Israel launched air strikes on targets in Gaza. Andrew Mueller explains what makes this event different from the usual warfare with Palestine.

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3 Aug 2022
8 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 327: Why is Serbia irate over licence plates? : 

Kosovo intends to implement a policy that requires drivers in the country to use Kosovan licence plates but Serbia isn’t happy. Andrew Mueller explains what this is really about.

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27 Jul 2022
7 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 326: David Trimble: 

Former leader of the Ulster Unionist Party David Trimble has died at the age of 77. Andrew Mueller explains how he helped to bring peace to Northern Ireland in 1998.

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20 Jul 2022
6 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 325: A mix-up in Mali?: 

Earlier this week, Mali arrested 49 soldiers from the Côte d’Ivoire who had arrived in the country as part of an ongoing UN mission. Andrew Mueller explains if this was a moment of confusion, or defiance.

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13 Jul 2022
7 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 324: Turning off the taps: 

Russia’s gas supply to Europe has been halted due to what Russia says are annual maintenance works and technical issues. Andrew Mueller offers an alternative explanation.

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6 Jul 2022
6 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 323: A troubled bill: 

Andrew Mueller explains the proposed Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill.

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29 Jun 2022
6 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 322: The capriciousness of the Supreme Court: 

Roe vs Wade was just the beginning. Now the current US Supreme Court appears to be overturning a whole host of previous rulings. Andrew Mueller explains how two different Supreme Courts can read the same constitutional text and get two different answers.

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