Shield of the Republic

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.

Eric and Eliot will be taking a short hiatus to travel.
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Putin's War and European Politics (with Nick Co...
Eric and Eliot welcome Guardian columnist and Spectator blogger Nick Cohen.
54 min
The War's Decisive Moment
What is the new phase of the war? Are Russian forces exhausted, what is their strategy? How will the Ukrainians counter?
47 min
Security in the Indo-Pacific (with Charlie Edel)
Eliot and Eric welcome Charlie Edel, Australia Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, to discuss security in the Indo-Pacific
54 min
War, Myth-making, and Democracy (with Elizabeth...
Eliot and Eric host Professor Elizabeth Samet of the US Military Academy to discuss her new book Looking for the Good War: American Amnesia and the Violent Pursuit of Happiness. They examine the role of mythology in justifying US military action.
50 min
The Ancients Illuminate Modern Statecraft (with...
Eliot and Eric talk with ancient historian extraordinaire Barry Strauss. They discuss his new book on Antony, Cleopatra, Octavian, and the Battle of Actium which served as the foundation of the Roman Empire.
43 min
Why can’t we admit that Ukraine is winning?
Eric and Eliot consider the first month of Russia-Ukraine War and Eliot's Atlantic article on why it has been so hard for some observers to admit that Ukraine is winning.
43 min
Zelensky, Churchill, Reagan (with Andrew Roberts)
Eric and Eliot host British author and historian Andrew Roberts and discuss his revisionist account of King George III and how a good man was nonetheless the monarch under whom the American colonies were lost.
47 min
Joe Biden, War President (with Kori Schake)
45 min
Russia As a Pariah State
Eric and Eliot discuss Putin's illegal war of aggression against Ukraine
46 min
Neo-Maosim in China (with Jude Blanchette)
44 min
Secret Origin Story
Eliot returns from travels to discuss the secret origin story of the Shield of the Republic podcast, a review of the Biden administration's national security policy in its first year, the difficulties that the President has faced in articulating a foreign policy, the deficiencies of his national security apparatus, the impact of the catastrophic departure from Afghanistan, the AUKUS decision, and the effort to deter Russian President Putin.
54 min
Heeding the Lessons of the Cold War (with Hal B...
The lessons of America's cold war strategic competition with the USSR for today's era of strategic competition with China and Russia.
49 min
Why the Bad Guys are Winning (with Anne Applebaum)
Historian, journalist, and essayist Anne Applebaum joins Eric and Eliot from Poland. They discuss Vladimir Putin's grand strategy, the conflict between democracy and authoritarianism, why the "bad guys are winning," as well as the state of American democracy and the January 6 insurrection.
48 min
Brian Katulis: Public Opinion & Foreign Policy
Connecting policy debates and everyday Americans
48 min
Three Dangerous Men (with Seth Jones)
Eric and Eliot discuss three dangerous men: Russian General Valeriy Gerasimov, the late Iranian IRGC leader Ghassem Soleimani and PRC Central Military Commission Vice Chairman Zhang Youxia
55 min
There is Nothing For You Here (with Fiona Hill)
"Former National Security Council Senior Director for Europe (and star impeachment witness) Fiona Hill is this week's guest discussing her book, There is Nothing For You Here.
55 min
Woodrow Wilson and the Great War (with Philip Z...
Eliot, Eric and special guest Philip Zelikow explore why Woodrow Wilson was unable to end World War I in 1916 despite the exhaustion of Britain, France, and Germany.
48 min
"A Strategic Failure": The War in Afghanistan w...
40 min