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28 Feb 2024
7 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 406: Whither the Palestinian Authority: 

After the Palestinian prime minister, Mohammad Shtayyeh, announces his resignation, Andrew Mueller looks at the future of the Palestinian Authority and whether it has any hope of governing Gaza and the West Bank. 

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21 Feb 2024
7 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 405: Taliban 2.0: 

After the Taliban refused to attend a UN conference in Doha about Afghanistan this week, Andrew Mueller takes a moment to evaluate how much the terrorist group has really changed. 

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14 Feb 2024
7 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 404: Putsch away democracy: 

Andrew Mueller explains how Senegal’s president, Macky Sall, is clinging to power beyond his term limits.

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7 Feb 2024
7 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 403: What’s behind the Super Bowl conspiracy?: 

Andrew Mueller examines why bizarre conspiracy theories about Taylor Swift and the Super Bowl are spreading.

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31 Jan 2024
7 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 402: What now for Tuvalu?: 

Andrew Mueller explains why we should care about Tuvalu’s election results.

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17 Jan 2024
6 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 400: Why is Italy’s deputy prime minister on trial?: 

Andrew Mueller examines the kidnapping and abuse of office charges facing Italy’s deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini.

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10 Jan 2024
8 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 399: Bangladesh’s one-party democracy: 

Andrew Mueller explains Bangladesh’s descent into a one-party autocracy. 

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3 Jan 2024
7 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 398: Ringing in the new year: 

Andrew Mueller explains the first complicated news story of 2024.

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20 Dec 2023
7 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 397: The Red Sea: 

As attacks by Iranian-backed Houthis in the Red Sea continue to grow, Andrew Mueller examines what they mean for the global shipping industry, as well as order in the region. 

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13 Dec 2023
7 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 396: Delaying democracy in Guatemala: 

Guatemala’s president-elect, Bernardo Arévalo, is due to be sworn into office on 14 January. However, certain powerful figures within the country seem to be doing all they can to prevent this from happening. Andrew Mueller explains.

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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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