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Shield of the Republic is a Bulwark podcast co-sponsored by the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. We probe beyond the hive mind of Washington conventional wisdom on national security and foreign affairs.

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Shield of the Republic is a Bulwark podcast co-sponsored by the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. We probe beyond the hive mind of Washington conventional wisdom on national security and foreign affairs.

    Did America Get China Wrong? (with Professor Aaron Friedberg)

    Did America Get China Wrong? (with Professor Aaron Friedberg)

    Eric and Eliot host long time friend and colleague Professor Aaron Friedberg of Princeton to discuss Aaron’s new book Getting China Wrong. They cover why we have persistently underestimated China’s rise as a revisionist power, the failures of the West’s “engagement” strategy, the elements of a different approach to China, dividing Russia and China, and the sorry state of academic political science.

    Getting China Wrong by Aaron Friedberg

    The China Reckoning by Kurt Campbell and Ely Ratner

    Friedberg’s Response to Campbell and Ratner: Did America Get China Wrong?


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    • 1 hr 5 min
    High Stakes in Ukraine (with Bill Kristol and Daniel Fried)

    High Stakes in Ukraine (with Bill Kristol and Daniel Fried)

    Eric and special guest host Bill Kristol discuss the war in Ukraine with former Ambassador to Poland and former Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Daniel Fried. They assess the military situation, the economic dimension of the conflict, what more can be done on sanctions, the prospects for European unity, and the danger of Putin deploying nuclear weapons to Belarus and the stakes of the conflict.
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    • 50 min
    Wearing Russian Sanctions like a Badge of Honor (with David Kramer)

    Wearing Russian Sanctions like a Badge of Honor (with David Kramer)

    Eric and Eliot return with special guest David Kramer, the Managing Director of Global Policy at the George W. Bush Institute and former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, and who incidentally has just been sanctioned by the Russian government (wear it as a badge of honor David!). They discuss the status of the war in Ukraine, the nature of the Russian regime, the prospects for change in Russia, the economic state of the war, and much more.
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    • 48 min
    Hiatus

    Hiatus

    Eric and Eliot will be taking a short hiatus to travel.
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    • 52 sec
    Putin's War and European Politics (with Nick Cohen)

    Putin's War and European Politics (with Nick Cohen)

    Eric and Eliot welcome Guardian columnist and Spectator blogger Nick Cohen (no relation to Eliot) and author of the several books including What's Left? They discuss the impact of Putin's war on Ukraine on European politics, the role of anti-Communism and anti-Fascism in post-war Europe, the transformation of the Labour Party under Keir Starmer, why Russian money in London was unable to purchase durable policy outcomes from the Conservative government under Boris Johnson, the prospects for democratic politics, and the likely outcome of the war in Ukraine.
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    • 54 min
    The War's Decisive Moment

    The War's Decisive Moment

    Eric and Eliot dissect the war in Ukraine and discuss Eliot's articles in the Atlantic and Foreign Affairs. What is the new phase of the war? Are Russian forces exhausted, what is their strategy? How will the Ukrainians counter? Is the Biden package enough? Eliot asks Eric about the lessons of Ukraine for other parts of the world and his Bulwark article on ending the policy of strategic ambiguity for Taiwan. Should we settle in for a long war of attrition?

    Articles Discussed:

    The Return of Statecraft: https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/world/2022-04-19/return-statecraft


    This Is the War’s Decisive Moment: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/04/ukraine-russia-war-consequences/629541/


    The Lessons of Ukraine for Taiwan—and the U.S.: https://www.thebulwark.com/the-lessons-of-ukraine-for-taiwan-and-the-u-s/



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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
134 Ratings

134 Ratings

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Kori Schake

I just found your podcast recently and I have been listening to all the episodes. I would like to hear Kori Schake’s current optimism and look at how our government is going, and she's a really good guest to hear from. Secondly, most people do not have a home in one political party; I like to take things I like from both parties that are sound thinking making me an independent voter, and I believe this party will grow in the future and, hopefully, right the course Republicans and Democrats are going, since most Americans are moderate and not the extremes of each party.

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Great Power Competition, China’s Strength and Vulnerabilities

Profs Friedberg and Cohen expertly review how well the US has prepared for China's rise as a hegemon over the last 20 years, and China's continued significant vulnerabilities. To make a joke, if you added Richard Haas and Kori Schake into this discussion, you would have what in rock 'n roll is called a supergroup.

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