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Discussions over drinks with security, defense, and foreign policy insiders and experts. The original War on the Rocks podcast series.

War on the Rocks Ryan Evans

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Discussions over drinks with security, defense, and foreign policy insiders and experts. The original War on the Rocks podcast series.

    Unfolding Offensives and Counter-Offensives in Ukraine

    Unfolding Offensives and Counter-Offensives in Ukraine

    Mike Kofman and Ryan Evans cover a lot of ground in this episode about the war in Ukraine: Russian goals in the Donbass, the coming Russian counter-offensive, the state of Russian and Ukrainian forces, tanks and infantry fighting vehicles, cluster and sensor-fuzed munitions, fourth-generation fighter aircraft, a warm winter, nuclear risk, and more. If you are interested in what's happening in and around Ukraine, this is another must-listen episode.

    • 35 min
    Talking Strategy with Assistant Secretary of Defense Mara Karlin

    Talking Strategy with Assistant Secretary of Defense Mara Karlin

    Ryan sat down with Dr. Mara Karlin, who serves as assistant secretary of defense for strategy, plans, and capabilities. They discussed the making of the new National Defense Strategy, the critical topic of implementation, integrated deterrence, how Russia's fumbles in Ukraine have changed the way the Pentagon thinks about Moscow as an adversary, and a whole lot more.

    • 27 min
    Manpower, Materiel, and the Coming Decisive Phase in Ukraine

    Manpower, Materiel, and the Coming Decisive Phase in Ukraine

    In his latest discussion with Ryan on the war in Ukraine, Mike Kofman explains why the coming spring and summer will be strategically decisive. He also offers his analysis on the Russian command reshuffle, new Western kit, and the grinding battle for Bakhmut.

    • 28 min
    A Disquieting Winter at War in Ukraine

    A Disquieting Winter at War in Ukraine

    Michael Kofman joins Ryan for their first discussion of the new year on the war in Ukraine. They cover the state of play at the various fronts, manpower and materiel, the Russian strike campaign, and more. 

    • 30 min
    Nukes, Negotiations, and Lessons From the War in Ukraine

    Nukes, Negotiations, and Lessons From the War in Ukraine

    Ryan recently traveled to Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base where he was joined by three of the many big thinkers teaching servicemembers down there: Andy Akins, Anna Batta, and Mark Conversino. They covered the risk of nuclear war over Ukraine, the prospects for negotiations, why so many struggle with strategic empathy, and efforts to learn lessons from this war, which often stumble when we fail to learn lessons about ourselves.

    • 43 min
    Localized Offensives: The Direction of the Conflict

    Localized Offensives: The Direction of the Conflict

    Mike Kofman and Nick Danforth start this episode by analyzing the latest events in the war and the fighting in and around Bakhmut. Mike offers his thoughts on Russia and Ukraine's stockpiles of artillery, and what that may mean for the fighting this winter and beyond. The conversation concludes with a discussion about foreign support for the war effort, and the implications of this for the future of the conflict.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
811 Ratings

811 Ratings

Prometheus--- ,

Wagner Group

Please have a dedicated episode with the leading intel expert as to the Wagner Group.

This Group must be hunted down like the hyenas they are and annihilated by any means possible ASAP.

There are a few cases in this World where the ends do justify the means and the Wagner Group is one of them

Scotty Baby 929 ,

Excellent Insight

It’s very worthwhile to listen to this podcast through the lens of current events and especially now Ukrainian, but perhaps even more interesting to go back a year or two and hear what was discussed.

We who listen to these particular foreign policy topics because we want to have a better chance of anticipating the nuances of circumstances that lead us into our present situational global problems. This podcast is a thoughtful narrative of how history is happening to us now.

Andieo1997 ,

Brilliant!

This is the perfect choice for anyone interested in learning more about international relations! Each episode is informative and enjoyable.

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