Global Security Briefing Podcasts

Insights on contemporary regional security developments around the world.



The intensifying geopolitical and geo-economic contest between the US and China, as well as the emergence of competing centres of power and influence in Eurasia, Europe, the Middle East and the Indo-Pacific, are creating increased international tensions, risks of conflict and growing military confrontation.

The Global Security Briefing Podcast Series provides regular insights from the RUSI International Security Studies team and leading international experts to help you make sense of the far-reaching changes affecting international security around the globe. A key theme is how the UK can best shape its foreign and security policies in an increasingly dynamic international environment.

The views or statements expressed by guests are their own and their appearance on the podcast does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent. Views and opinions expressed by RUSI employees are those of the employees and do not necessarily reflect the view of RUSI.


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Global Security Briefing is hosted by Neil Melvin. New episodes will air every two weeks, on Wednesdays.

Podcast team

Research support and coordination for Global Security Briefing is provided by Bianka Venkataramani, and our sound engineer is Two Jacks Communications.

Episode 76: An Examination of AUKUS
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Episode 75: Russia’s Changing Position in the South Caucasus
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Episode 74: Is the Middle East Facing a Regional War?
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Episode 73: The Rising Influence of Counter-West Associations
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Episode 72: Putin Forever? Analysing the Russian Elections
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Episode 71: Transatlantic Cooperation on Policy Towards China and the Indo-Pacific
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Episode 70: Russia’s Long War Against Ukraine
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Episode 69: The Middle East Crisis: Approaching the Endgame?
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Episode 68: Security Cooperation in the Americas
Episode 67: 2023 Security Review: New Year Special Part 2
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Episode 66: 2023 Security Review: GSB Holiday Special Part 1
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Episode 65: Where is the War in Ukraine Heading in 2024?
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Episode 64: India as an Indo-Pacific Power and Strategic Partner
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Episode 63: Achieving a More Dynamic and Effective UK–China Strategy
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Episode 62: Could the Israel–Hamas Conflict Spark a Regional War?
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Episode 61: Where do the UK’s Interests in European Security Now Lie?
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Episode 60: Is Russia’s War in Ukraine Heading for a Stalemate?
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Episode 59: Is South Korean Foreign Policy Going Global?
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Episode 58: The Counter-West Finale: What Have We Learned?
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Episode 57: The Counter-West Challenge in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East
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Episode 56: Russia, China and Iran's Challenge to the Existing International Order
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Episode 55: Will a Counter-West Axis Replace the Existing International Order?
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Episode 54: The US and the Future of European Security
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Episode 53: How Can Ukraine’s Security be Guaranteed?
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Episode 52: Where are the Limits of Russia and China’s ‘No Limits’ Partnership?
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Episode 51: Is Nationalism the Biggest Winner in Turkey’s Elections?
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Episode 50: Saudi Arabia: A Changing Kingdom?
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Episode 49: Whither the UK–Africa Relationship?
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Episode 48: Finland, the UK and Northern European Security
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Episode 47: Can AUKUS Deter China?
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Episode 46: The Changing Geopolitics of Energy in the MENA Region
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Episode 45: Has the UK Found a New Post-Brexit Foreign and Security Policy?
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Episode 44: A Year of Russia’s War in Ukraine
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Episode 43: A New War Over Nagorno-Karabakh in the South Caucasus
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Episode 42: The New Geopolitics of the Antarctic
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Episode 41: Seasonal Special: Trends in International Security 2022-2023 Part 2
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Episode 40: Seasonal Special: Trends in International Security 2022–2023 Part 1
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Episode 39: What Sort of Security Actor is Sweden Becoming?
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Episode 38: Ukraine’s Winter War
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Episode 37: The Midterms and the Future of US Foreign Policy
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Episode 36: Iran Confronts Domestic and Regional Change
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Episode 35: Is Central Asia Experiencing a Strategic Shift?
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Episode 34: How is Latin America Navigating the Changing Global Order?
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Episode 33: How is Japan Rethinking Its Role in International Security?
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Episode 32: The Rise of a Wider Red Sea Security Region
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Episode 31: Will China and the US Go to War Over Taiwan?
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Episode 30: Russia’s War Against Ukraine
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Episode 29: NATO's Madrid Summit
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Episode 28: The Belarus–Russia Security Relationship
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Episode 27: The South Caucasus and Black Sea Security
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Episode 26: Arctic Security and the UK
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Episode 25: NATO and Arctic Security
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Episode 24: Europe and the High North: Denmark and Estonia
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Episode 23: Russia and China in the Arctic and High North
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Episode 22: The Iran Nuclear Deal and Regional Security in the Middle East
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Episode 21: Russia’s War in Ukraine: Implications for International Security
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Episode 20: What Next for International Conflict Stabilisation?
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Episode 19: Russia and the Crisis of European Security
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Episode 18: Russia and the Green Transition
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Episode 17: UK and Russian Approaches to Climate Change and the Energy Transition
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Episode 16: In Conversation With Fiona Hill
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Episode 15: The UK, Russia and Strategic Stability
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Episode 14: Turkey and the Future of European Security
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Episode 13: The UK and Russia in the Middle East and North Africa
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Episode 12: Italy and the Future of European Security
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Episode 11: Poland and the Future of European Security
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Episode 10: Are Russia and China Forming a Strategic Alliance?
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Episode 9: Russia’s Economic Pivot to Asia?
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Episode 8: Russia’s Red Sea Strategy
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Episode 7: Regional Security in the Black Sea
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Episode 6: The Future of US–Russia Relations and the Geneva Summit
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Episode 5: Russia and the Indo-Pacific
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Episode 4: The UK and the Future of European Security
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Episode 3: Sweden, the Netherlands and the Future of European Security
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Episode 2: France and the Future of European Security
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Episode 1: Germany and the Future of European Security
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Trailer: Global Security Briefing
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Supported by

  • The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

    Episodes 1 - 4 of the Global Security Briefing podcast series is made possible with support from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.

  • Russia Strategic Initiative

    Episode 5 of this podcast was funded by the Russia Strategic Initiative U.S. European Command, Stuttgart Germany. Opinions, arguments, viewpoints, and conclusions expressed in this work do not represent those of RSI, U.S. EUCOM, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government. This podcast is cleared for public release.