The Foreign Desk


​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. 

  • 43 minutes 5 seconds
    Nato comes to Washington

    ‘The Foreign Desk’ broadcasts from Washington for Nato’s 75th anniversary summit, with Joe Biden playing host under an intense spotlight. Andrew Mueller speaks to ministers from Estonia, Latvia and Moldova, as well as Ian Bremmer and former US defence official Ian Brzezinski. Plus: the story of Nato’s longest-serving spokesperson, Oana Lungescu.

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    13 July 2024, 11:00 am
  • 6 minutes 24 seconds
    Explainer 425: Is this the end of Ecowas?

    Andrew Mueller explains why the West African junta have turned their back on Ecowas and what it means for the bloc.

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    10 July 2024, 3:54 pm
  • 37 minutes 15 seconds
    How will Keir Starmer relate to the world?

    The UK sees its first change in government since Brexit. We explore how Keir Starmer will tackle relations with the EU, US and Middle East, as well as asylum policy. Andrew Mueller speaks with Claire Ainsley, Anand Menon, Mina Al-Oraibi and Sarah Singer.

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    6 July 2024, 11:00 am
  • 7 minutes 2 seconds
    Explainer 424: Replacing Joe Biden

    Andrew Mueller explains how the Democratic Party would replace Joe Biden should he choose to step down.

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    3 July 2024, 4:41 pm
  • 33 minutes 51 seconds
    What does Iran want?

    Iran’s influence is growing across the Middle East, with its proxies now dangerously close to an all-out war with Israel. Could presidential elections or an eventual ayatollah succession lead to a change in course? Andrew Mueller speaks to Iranian-American journalist Farnaz Fassihi of ‘The New York Times’, Iraqi analyst Renad Mansour and defence expert Jean-Loup Samaan.

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    29 June 2024, 11:00 am
  • 6 minutes 40 seconds
    Explainer 423: Will Ukraine and Moldova ever join the EU?

    The European Union formally launched accession negotiations with Ukraine and Moldova this week. Andrew Mueller explains why the tortuous process that has left many countries in limbo might, nevertheless, be a good thing for these two nations.



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    26 June 2024, 5:09 pm
  • 38 minutes 21 seconds
    What will it take to achieve peace in Ukraine?

    The Ukraine peace summit did not lead to peace but it did surprise on the upside with more than 90 countries. Andrew Mueller was also in attendance in Switzerland. He reviews the summit’s tangible results and speaks to Australia’s Bill Shorten, as well as Iuliia Osmolovska and Lili Bivings from Ukraine and Kristian Berg Harpviken of the Peace Research Institute Oslo.

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    22 June 2024, 11:00 am
  • 6 minutes 59 seconds
    Explainer 422: Friends with benefits

    As Vladimir Putin visits Kim Jong-un, Andrew Mueller explains why a warm relationship is so advantageous for both Russia and North Korea. 

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    19 June 2024, 4:33 pm
  • 32 minutes 53 seconds
    Can the far-right govern in Europe?

    Voting for the far-right is no longer merely a protest for many. After the EU elections, we look at who can govern effectively, and who can be defeated. Andrew Mueller speaks with Sophie Pedder in France, Marilisa Palumbo in Italy and Ben Stanley in Poland.

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    15 June 2024, 11:00 am
  • 7 minutes 28 seconds
    Explainer 421: Israel and the UN

    Andrew Mueller explains whether Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, will adhere to the UN Security Council resolution and if he even has much of a choice.

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    12 June 2024, 4:34 pm
  • 37 minutes 17 seconds
    India and its neighbours

    Narendra Modi has secured a third term as India’s prime minister despite losing more votes than expected in the country’s election. We explore Modi’s foreign-policy doctrine and his testy relationship with Pakistan, China and Myanmar. Andrew Mueller speaks to Kapil Komireddi, Beenish Javed, Isabel Hilton and Ronan Lee.

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    8 June 2024, 11:00 am
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