100 episodes

​Presented by ​Andrew Mueller, Monocle’s flagship global-affairs show features​ expert guests ​and in-depth analysis of the big issues of the week. Nominated for ‘Best Current Affairs’ show and the ‘Spotlight Award’ in the 2022 British Podcast Awards. 

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​Presented by ​Andrew Mueller, Monocle’s flagship global-affairs show features​ expert guests ​and in-depth analysis of the big issues of the week. Nominated for ‘Best Current Affairs’ show and the ‘Spotlight Award’ in the 2022 British Podcast Awards. 

    Explainer 419: Is Armenia conceding to Azerbaijan?

    Explainer 419: Is Armenia conceding to Azerbaijan?

    Andrew Mueller explains why Armenia’s prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, has given villages to Azerbaijan, resulting in mass protests.
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    • 8 min
    Where did things go wrong for South Africa’s ANC?

    Where did things go wrong for South Africa’s ANC?

    The African National Congress looks likely to win South Africa’s upcoming election, despite facing the prospect of securing less than 50 per cent of the vote for the first time in its history. Is this the inevitable result of being in power for too long, or something else? Andrew Mueller speaks to Nwabisa Makunga of the country’s national daily Sowetan, author William Gumede and former opposition leader Tony Leon.
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    • 31 min
    Explainer 418: Big trouble in New Caledonia

    Explainer 418: Big trouble in New Caledonia

    France and New Caledonia have seen better days. Andrew Mueller explains France’s role in the South Pacific territory and why Paris is blaming a fresh round of unrest there on Azerbaijan.
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    • 6 min
    The Black Sea

    The Black Sea

    Russia celebrated its annual Black Sea Fleet Day with a notably smaller fleet in Sevastopol than just a few years ago. How has Ukraine managed to win in the sea? What has the Nato military alliance learned from that success? And how does Turkey exercise control as the gateway country to the Black Sea? We speak to Hanna Shelest in Odessa, James Bergeron of Nato Maritime Command and Turkish-American political scientist Soner Cagaptay.
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    • 34 min
    Explainer 417: Catalonia’s fading separatist spirit

    Explainer 417: Catalonia’s fading separatist spirit

    Andrew Mueller explains how the most recent Catalonian elections show that voters’ nationalist appetites may be waning. 

     
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    • 7 min
    Will the Baltics be next?

    Will the Baltics be next?

    Olaf Scholz visited the First German Brigade, which is stationed in Lithuania as part of Berlin’s new commitment to defend the Baltic states. But is Nato ready for Russia’s next move? We speak with Lithuania’s foreign minister, Gabrielius Landsbergis, Marion Messmer of Chatham House and General Richard Shirreff, former deputy supreme allied commander at Nato.
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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
139 Ratings

139 Ratings

MBelderson ,

It's actually two shows in one. Both are brilliant

There’s the bite-sized Explainers: excellent short analyses of a single foreign affairs new event. And then there’s the longer weekly show which digs deeper into an issue and is unrivalled even by the BBC’s many but increasingly gimmicky current affairs programmes. The secret is having a heavyweight journalist, Andrew Mueller, as presenter. The wealth of knowledge and experience he brings to the show is invaluable.

veganman1961 ,

Intersting but not exactly unbiased

A very interesting approach and informative .But some of the language used didn’t seem unbiased .Is this meant to be his Personal opinion with no attempt at a non biased journalistic Approach?

Crimebrook ,

What it means to be English

Terrific show. Always informative engaging and challenging. This pod was particularly good talking about something we tend not to want to address 👍

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