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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.

    Why Russia's Military Got Ukraine So Wrong

    Why Russia's Military Got Ukraine So Wrong

    Eric and Eliot discuss what they have been writing lately (links below), the situation in Ukraine, the reasons for why Russia analysts got things wrong while military historians got them right, prospects for a renewed Iran nuclear agreement, and whether or not the the United States can handle two near peer adversaries at the same time.
    Shield of the Republic is a Bulwark podcast co-sponsored by the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. Email us with your feedback at shieldoftherepublic@gmail.com.
    Links:
    Eliot’s Rough Magic Lecture Series (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lfcEzFWztU)
    First Makers of Modern Strategy (https://www.amazon.com/Makers-Modern-Strategy-Military-Machiavelli/dp/0691069077)
    Second Makers of Modern Strategy (https://www.amazon.com/Makers-Modern-Strategy-Machiavelli-Nuclear/dp/0691027641/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2ALK0J51PARKY&keywords=paret+makers+of+modern+strategy&qid=1662946787&s=books&sprefix=paret+makers+of+modern+strategy%2Cstripbooks%2C58&sr=1-1&ufe=app_do%3Aamzn1.fos.006c50ae-5d4c-4777-9bc0-4513d670b6bc)
    The New Makers of Modern Strategy (Including Eric’s Essay) (https://www.amazon.com/New-Makers-Modern-Strategy-Ancient/dp/0691204381/ref=asc_df_0691204381/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=598250015901&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=16909503583947157478&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9008163&hvtargid=pla-1720916906283&psc=1)
    Eric’s Testimony on JCPOA (https://www.armed-services.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Edelman_08-04-15.pdf)
    Shay Khatiri’s Article on Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Program (https://www.thebulwark.com/irans-nuclear-sites-are-vulnerable-and-iran-cant-deter-an-attack-for-now/)
    Eric, Eliot, and Ray Takeyh’s 2016 Essay on Iran (https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/iran/2015-12-14/time-get-tough-tehran)
    Eliot’s “The Return of Statecraft” (https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/world/2022-04-19/return-statecraft)
    Eric’s 2010 CSBA Paper on Primacy (https://csbaonline.org/research/publications/understanding-americas-contested-primacy)
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    • 58 min
    Imperial Russia, Past and Present (with John Herbst)

    Imperial Russia, Past and Present (with John Herbst)

    Eric welcomes back Eliot from travels and illness to host John Herbst who was the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine during the Orange Revolution. They discuss Russia’s imperial past and present, the Biden Administration’s 3 billion dollar military assistance package, the course of the war, the assassination of Darya Dugina, and the prospects for diplomacy and grade the Administration’s efforts to manage the Ukraine crisis.
    Links:
    Eric’s article co-authored with Daniel Fata, David Kramer, and Stephen Biegun
    The open letter organized by John Herbst and signed by Eric

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    • 53 min
    Peak China and the Lessons of the Cold War (with Hal Brands and Michael Beckley)

    Peak China and the Lessons of the Cold War (with Hal Brands and Michael Beckley)

    While Eliot is away on vacation, Eric hosts authors Hal Brands and Michael Beckley whose new book, Danger Zone: The Coming Conflict with China, drops next week. They discuss the concept of "peak China," why conflict with China may be coming sooner than we think, and what lessons for strategic competition with China we can learn from the U.S.-Soviet Cold War experience, and they evaluate the Biden team's approach to China.
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    • 47 min
    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.
    Email us with your feedback at shieldoftherepublic@gmail.com.
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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.
    Email us with your feedback at shieldoftherepublic@gmail.com.
    Shield of the Republic is a Bulwark podcast co-sponsored by the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia.
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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
144 Ratings

144 Ratings

MarioMan7789 ,

Excellent Podcast

Experts talking about the most important things in the world. For free. What’s not to love

aria.shee ,

One of the best foreign policy/ national security podcasts out there.

The best of the best of Bulwark podcasts. Serious in-depth engaging conversations with interesting guests on timely topics. Love these guys! Wish they did it more frequently.

cssalum ,

Excellent podcast

I look forward to this podcast and each release of new topics. Interesting and timely topics presented with insight that is hard to find elsewhere!

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