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

Explainer 48: Russia as the world’s policeman  

As Trump enters the Oval Office promising to put America First, who will fill the role of the world police? As the US steps back, Russia, it would appear, is stepping forward. But is the world ready?

China and Trump  

What will Donald Trump's presidency mean for China? He's tested the water with tough rhetoric – and that phone call to Taiwan – and Beijing has reacted accordingly, albeit with caution. But which of the two greatest powers will come out on top? Steve Bloomfield sits down with ambassador Chas Freeman and NYU professor Ann Lee.

Explainer 47: Will Europe soften its line on Russia?  

Recent European-Russian relations have been as strained as ever, with strong rhetoric, hard sanctions and equally punchy responses from the Kremlin. But is Europe starting to go soft on the former Soviet state? And are leaders starting to realise that they need Putin more than they’d like to admit?

Obama’s legacy  

As Barack Obama’s eight years as president draw to an end and the unpredictable era of Trump looms, Steve Bloomfield discusses his legacy. From wars in the Middle East to Obamacare, social justice and the environment – what could his administration have done better and how many policies will survive after 20 January?

Explainer 46: The EU’s surprising popularity  

Do Europeans really hate Europe? Not as much as you might think, as Steve Bloomfield explains.

Looking ahead to 2017  

Steve Bloomfield is joined by Quentin Peel, Oscar Guardiola Rivera and Rosemary Hollis for a look ahead to 2017 and some of the reasons to be hopeful in the year to come.

Looking back at 2016  

Steve Bloomfield is joined by Quentin Peel, Oscar Guardiola Rivera and Rosemary Hollis for a look back at the year in affairs, politics and diplomacy.

The fall of Aleppo  

The United Nations described it as “a complete meltdown of humanity”. It wasn’t just the level of destruction and the loss of civilian lives, it was the fact that we knew this was going to happen and still nothing was done. Will anyone ever be held responsible?

Portugal: a lesson for Europe’s left?  

One of the overarching political stories of the past decade has been the steady decline in Europe of the centre-left. But an exception can be found in Portugal. Four parties – the centre left Socialists, the Communist party, the Left Bloc and the Greens – have formed an alliance. And it’s working.

Explainer 45: Does Canada have the best immigration system?  

Since the election of Justin Trudeau in 2015, the world has been reminded of Canada’s liberalism and compassion. And this is not limited to refugees: it’s reflected in their broader immigration policy too.

The French left  

President François Hollande has an approval rating of 4 per cent and it’s hard to see how any of the leading Socialists candidates can make it into the second round of next spring’s presidential election. So how did the French left get into this mess and what would it take for it to rise again?

Explainer 44: Italy’s referendum  

What it’s meant to be about – and what it’s really about.

Ghana votes  

A presidential election in Ghana doesn’t tend to get much coverage in western media and the reason is very simple: it tends to run smoothly. Unlike many of its neighbours it's a real democracy – power has changed hands between political parties. The country goes to the polls again next month so who are the candidates and what will it mean for the region?

Explainer 43: The problem with ‘identity politics’  

‘Identity politics’ is being blamed for Hillary Clinton’s defeat – executive editor Steve Bloomfield explains why it shouldn’t be.

The Foreign Desk Live  

Last Tuesday we hosted a special edition of ‘The Foreign Desk Live’ from our London HQ in front of a sold-out audience. The topic? Donald Trump and what his election means for the rest of the world. Steve Bloomfield was joined on stage by Bill Emmott, Xenia Wickett, Sir William Patey and Steven Erlanger.

Explainer 42: Why – and how – liberals can fight back  

It has not been a good few months for liberals, who have been castigated and branded as being out of touch with people’s real concerns. Right now, liberals are losing and have to fight back.

Donald Trump won. So, what next?  

It happened. Donald Trump is set to be the next president of the US. But what does it all mean? Our editors and correspondents around the world describe the impact that Trump’s victory has had in their cities; as with all first thoughts, this is as emotional as it is analytical.


Join us at Midori House in London on Tuesday 15 November 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 41: Donald Trump and the Democrats  

Following the Republican nominee’s win, our New York bureau chief Ed Stocker looks at what a Donald Trump presidency means for the Democrats.


Join us at Midori House in London on Tuesday 15 November 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 Philippines and the rest of the world  

There is more to Rodrigo Duterte, the new president of the Philippines, than the cartoon character he is often depicted as. And his rhetorical shift away from the US and towards China might turn out to be popular too. We ask who Duterte really is and what his presidency means for the Philippines’ relationship with the rest of the world.


Join us at Midori House in London on Tuesday 15 November 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 40: One year of Justin Trudeau  

As Justin Trudeau marks one year in office, our Toronto bureau chief Tomos Lewis looks back at the highs and lows of the prime minister’s past 12 months.


Join us at Midori House in London on Tuesday 15 November for a special live recording of The Foreign Desk. For details and to book tickets visit https://monocle.com/events/the-foreign-desk-live/.

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