58 episodes

Across the world, from Europe to Asia, the Americas to the Middle East, tensions are rising between nation states. Traditional alliances and alignments are constantly evolving in the 21st century. An understanding of defence and security policy and the tides of political, social and economic changes is crucial for any informed understanding of our world.
2024 sees war in Europe and Israel, and elections in major economies, including the US, the UK, Taiwan, South Africa, and many others. Insurgencies flare in Yemen and Burma, tensions escalate in East Africa, and all around the world the international security architecture buckles under increasing pressure. 
With expert and experienced reporting on the ground from across the globe, Battle Lines combines on the ground reporting with analytical expertise to aid listeners to better understand the course of world politics and wars as the fault lines of global history grind and slip in an increasingly dangerous, and confusing, multipolar world. 
Battle Lines is the best of The Telegraph’s defence, security, and foreign reporting in one place.
Telegraph subscribers get early access to bonus episodes on Ukraine: The Latest and Battle Lines. You can subscribe within The Telegraph app, or tap on ‘Already a subscriber’ at the top of this page to log in to link your existing subscription, for more information head to https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact-us/telegraph-subscription-bonus-content-apple-podcasts/

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Across the world, from Europe to Asia, the Americas to the Middle East, tensions are rising between nation states. Traditional alliances and alignments are constantly evolving in the 21st century. An understanding of defence and security policy and the tides of political, social and economic changes is crucial for any informed understanding of our world.
2024 sees war in Europe and Israel, and elections in major economies, including the US, the UK, Taiwan, South Africa, and many others. Insurgencies flare in Yemen and Burma, tensions escalate in East Africa, and all around the world the international security architecture buckles under increasing pressure. 
With expert and experienced reporting on the ground from across the globe, Battle Lines combines on the ground reporting with analytical expertise to aid listeners to better understand the course of world politics and wars as the fault lines of global history grind and slip in an increasingly dangerous, and confusing, multipolar world. 
Battle Lines is the best of The Telegraph’s defence, security, and foreign reporting in one place.
Telegraph subscribers get early access to bonus episodes on Ukraine: The Latest and Battle Lines. You can subscribe within The Telegraph app, or tap on ‘Already a subscriber’ at the top of this page to log in to link your existing subscription, for more information head to https://www.telegraph.co.uk/contact-us/telegraph-subscription-bonus-content-apple-podcasts/

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    Political extremism in America, China's secret military base in Tajikistan

    Political extremism in America, China's secret military base in Tajikistan

    On today's episode, we check in with Deputy US Editor Rozina Sabur about what the assassination attempt against Donald Trump tells us about political extremism in the United States. Then Senior Foreign Correspondent Sophia Yan reports on a secret military base in Tajikistan at the heart of China's plans to challenge Russia for dominance in Central Asia. 
    Contributors
    Roland Oliphant (Host)
    Rozina Sabur (Deputy US Editor)
    Sophia Yan (Senior Foreign Correspondent)
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    China constructs secret Tajikistan military base amid fears of Taliban by Sophia Yan


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    How to catch a Russian submarine

    How to catch a Russian submarine

    A Navy frigate commander and a British submarine captain on playing cat and mouse in a ‘little bubble of GCHQ’
    "When a torpedo starts coming straight at you, there’s only one thing a submarine crew can do – snap into “full evasion” mode. Captain Ryan Ramsey issues swift orders. His crew responds immediately, twisting the Royal Navy’s Trafalgar-class submarine to manoeuvre the boat beneath the waves in an effort to shake off the weapon bearing down fast on their position."
    In this exclusive conversation between The Telegraph's Associate Editor Dom Nicholl's and Captain Ryan Ramsey (retired) and Captain Tom Sharpe (retired) listen to how top naval commanders think about their work at sea, the issues, problems and rewards.

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    • 40 min
    How tyrants fall

    How tyrants fall

    The tyrant was once thought to be an endangered species. From Vladimir Putin to Xi Jinping and Kim Jong Un, there is a new generation of leaders for life. But are they as strong as they look? Marcel Dirsus has written a book looking at that exact question. How tyrants fall. Is there a way to help them along the way? And is it always a good idea to do so?

    How will Labour govern, a look inside the NATO summit, shock French election

    How will Labour govern, a look inside the NATO summit, shock French election

    On today's episode of Battle Lines, we look at the UK's new Labour government and its defence policy with our defence editor Danielle Sheridan. We also pop over to the NATO summit and ask Brussels correspondent Joe Barnes how NATO can "Trump proof" the alliance? Finally we speak to Europe editor James Crisp about the shock French election result and what it means for President Macron.
    Contributors
    Venetia Rainey (Host)
    Danielle Sheridan (Defense Editor)
    Joe Barnes (Brussels Correspondent)
    James Crisp (Europe Editor)

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    • 35 min
    How close is the world to nuclear war?

    How close is the world to nuclear war?

    On today's special episode of Battle Lines we speak to International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Grossi. As China rapidly expands its nuclear arsenal and Iran inches closer to a bomb than ever before, Raphael Grossi is possibly the individual most responsible for holding it together. We asked him how dangerous this moment really is, how scared we should be and what, if anything, we can do about it.

    Chaos in an unprecedented US presidential race & the West Bank's medical crisis

    Chaos in an unprecedented US presidential race & the West Bank's medical crisis

    On today's episode of Battle Lines, we speak to US editor Tony Diver on the state of the presidential race after a disastrous debate for Joe Biden and the Supreme Court's presidential immunity ruling. Then, we catch up with correspondent Nicola Smith about the healthcare crisis in the West Bank, and her reflections after a month covering the Israel Hamas war. Finally, we talk to Defense Editor Danielle Sheridan about her recent trip to Kiev and hear about pole dancing in a nation at war.
    Contributors
    David Knowles (Host) @djknowles on X
    Tony Diver (US Editor) @Tony_Diver on X
    Nicola Smith (Asia Correspondent) @niccijsmith
    Danielle Sheridan (Defense Editor) @SheridanDani on X
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    Olena Zelenska interview: War has pushed me close to psychological burnout

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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
79 Ratings

79 Ratings

markbythefigtree ,

One reporter stands out

I’ve been listening to both Ukraine The Latest and Battle Lines since day one. Thank you so much! The professionalism and quality of your work is unmatched; it’s the air I breath 5 days a week. But one of your reporters clearly stands out, her disdain for Israel comes through no matter what the information is. When I see her name, I just fast forward or delete. And that’s unfortunate

Showers Dig ,

Much needed

Love the shows, love the hosts, love the insight. If you want to stay informed, follow every pod this group hosts.

blau1202 ,

Great podcast

I am really enjoying the broadened scope of reporting on conflicts around the world. This and its sister podcast, Ukraine, the Latest, are compelling and thoughtful. Many thanks to David Knowles and the Telegraph for providing these wonderful resources.

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