Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk

Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk

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Presented by Steve Bloomfield, this is Monocle 24’s flagship global-affairs show featuring interviews with political leaders and in-depth analysis of the big issues of the day.

Episodes

Russia’s foreign policy  

Russia has had an impact on a vast range of the world’s biggest stories in recent years: from the war in Syria to the unrest in Ukraine and the election in the US. Monocle’s Steve Bloomfield is joined by former Kremlin adviser Alexander Nekrasov and author Ben Judah to unpack Russia’s foreign-policy strategy.

Explainer 65: Who really rules in Iran?  

With Iranians going to the polls this weekend, our features editor asks if the votes really matter?

Covering the UK election  

The UK goes to the polls next month but enthusiasm for the vote is somewhat limited. For the media, reporting on this election is no easy task. Steve Bloomfield is joined by George Parker, political editor for ‘The Financial Times’, Gaby Hinsliff, political editor at ‘The Pool’ and Darren McCaffrey, politics correspondent for Sky News, to ask how this election will be covered.

Explainer 64: Venezuela’s protests  

For more than six weeks there have been near-daily demonstrations across the country, but the big question is 'what happens next'?

Rouhani's ‘referendum’  

On 19 May Iranians get to decide their next president. In an election that’s more a test of current president Hassan Rouhani’s policies than an act of democracy, its importance might seem secondary to those elsewhere. But with domestic economic problems, unrest with its neighbours and the future of the nuclear deal unclear, casting a ballot paper is more important than ever.


Join us at Midori House in London on Thursday 11 May for a special live recording of The Foreign Desk. For details and to book tickets visit https://monocle.com/events/the-foreign-desk-live/.

Explainer 63: Government shutdowns  

As the US government struggles to agree on a budget for the rest of the fiscal year, Ed Stocker looks at why government shutdowns have become so common.


Join us at Midori House in London on Thursday 11 May for a special live recording of The Foreign Desk. For details and to book tickets visit https://monocle.com/events/the-foreign-desk-live/.

Trump’s first 100 days  

We look at five key days that have defined Donald Trump’s presidency so far: from healthcare, to the relationship with the media, turning against old allies, imposing a travel ban and the ongoing investigation into links with Russia.


Join us at Midori House in London on Thursday 11 May for a special live recording of The Foreign Desk. For details and to book tickets visit https://monocle.com/events/the-foreign-desk-live/.

Explainer 62: Democratic choices  

It can be rare on election day to be faced with a candidate that really represents your values. So if you're faced with a ballot paper full of maybes, what are your options?


Join us at Midori House in London on Thursday 11 May for a special live recording of The Foreign Desk. For details and to book tickets visit https://monocle.com/events/the-foreign-desk-live/.

The legacy of colonialism  

Countries that were colonised don’t tend to forget – but for the colonisers it’s a little more complicated. We look at three different periods in colonial history: Belgium and Congo; Portugal and Angola; and the UK and India.


Join us at Midori House in London on Thursday 11 May for a special live recording of The Foreign Desk. For details and to book tickets visit https://monocle.com/events/the-foreign-desk-live/.

Explainer 61: If Theresa May wins the election, will she win big?  

The UK prime minister’s decision to hold a general election in June makes political sense. However, if she wins but her victory is not as impressive as she hopes, will it all have been worth it?


Join us at Midori House in London on Thursday 11 May for a special live recording of The Foreign Desk. For details and to book tickets visit https://monocle.com/events/the-foreign-desk-live/.

What does the election mean for France?  

As Europe’s next big election draws closer, France has a choice to make: socialist, far-right populist or straight down the middle. But what are the issues that matter to the only people who matter, and is there anything the candidates can do at this late stage to win over the French voters?


Join us at Midori House in London on Thursday 11 May for a special live recording of The Foreign Desk. For details and to book tickets visit https://monocle.com/events/the-foreign-desk-live/.

Explainer 60: What Donald Trump means for Congo  

Congo’s presidential election was supposed to happen last year as Joseph Kabila’s second five-year term came to an end – but he doesn’t want to stand down. Under President Obama the US took a leading role in putting pressure on Kabila to step aside. But what happens now?


Join us at Midori House in London on Thursday 11 May for a special live recording of The Foreign Desk. For details and to book tickets visit https://monocle.com/events/the-foreign-desk-live/.

The French election and Europe  

France’s presidential election has 11 candidates, from established parties and no party at all. The winner will not just take France in a new direction but will also have a major impact on the future of Europe as a whole.


Join us at Midori House in London on Thursday 11 May for a special live recording of The Foreign Desk. For details and to book tickets visit https://monocle.com/events/the-foreign-desk-live/.

Explainer 59: The new partnership at the heart of Europe  

If Emmanuel Macron is elected as the French president next month it could revive one of the most important relationships in global politics: the Franco-German axis.


Join us at Midori House in London on Thursday 11 May for a special live recording of The Foreign Desk. For details and to book tickets visit https://monocle.com/events/the-foreign-desk-live/.

The Future of Ireland  

The UK and Ireland have a long and bloody past but since the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 the countries have remained mostly at peace. But since Britain’s exit from the EU, the relationship between the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK has become murky once again.


Join us at Midori House in London on Thursday 11 May for a special live recording of The Foreign Desk. For details and to book tickets visit https://monocle.com/events/the-foreign-desk-live/.

Explainer 58: Donald Trump’s big diplomatic test  

We’ve seen how Donald Trump’s administration dealt with Australia, Germany and the UK. If this is how he deals with his closest allies, how will he act when it comes to Turkey and China?


Join us at Midori House in London on Thursday 11 May for a special live recording of The Foreign Desk. For details and to book tickets visit https://monocle.com/events/the-foreign-desk-live/.

Why Trump needs the media  

As the fallout from the US secretary of state Rex Tillerson’s tour of Asia shows, treating the media like the enemy can cause problems.

Explainer 57: Why Trump needs the media  

As the fallout from the US secretary of state Rex Tillerson’s tour of Asia shows, treating the media like the enemy can cause problems.

Iceland’s triumph  

No nation fell as far during the 2008 global financial crisis as Iceland. But unlike other countries Iceland decided to hold those responsible for the crash to account. Now, nine years on, the country has recovered. What can other nations learn from Iceland’s actions?

Explainer 56: Should we be working fewer hours?  

The dream of working less and relaxing more is not a new one. But for too long we’ve talked about work purely in terms of money.

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