Talking Strategy Podcasts

This podcast explores the strategists and ideas that have shaped our understanding of defence and security.



Our thinking about defence and security is shaped by ideas. What we see depends on our vantage point and the lenses we apply to the world. Governments, militaries and business leaders are seeking to maximise the value they can gain from scarce resources by becoming more ‘strategic’. Standing on the shoulders of the giants of strategy of the past can help us see further and more clearly into the future. This series is aimed at those – leaders, practitioners, scholars – looking to learn more about strategy and wishing to discover how to become more strategic in thought and action.

This podcast series, co-chaired by Professor Beatrice Heuser and Paul O’Neill, examines the ideas of important thinkers from around the world and across the ages: the ideas themselves, where they came from, and what shaped those whose ideas shape us now. By exploring the foundations of how we and our adversaries think today, the episodes will shine a light on how we can best prepare for tomorrow.

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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Season 2

Welcome to the second season of Talking Strategy. Access the latest episodes.

Episode 6: Arming the Citizens: Machiavelli’s Quest for Virtue
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Episode 5: Alexander Svechin: Soviet Strategic Thought
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Episode 4: Ibn Khaldun and Early Muslim Strategic Thought
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Episode 3: Giulio Douhet: Targeting Civilians from the Air
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Episode 2: Neptune’s Prophet: Alfred Thayer Mahan
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Episode 1: Sun Tzu – Classical Chinese Strategic Thought
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Podcast sponsor

  • Military Strategy Magazine

    Season 2 of 'Talking Strategy' is sponsored by Military Strategy Magazine. Military Strategy Magazine publishes peer reviewed articles on important topics of military strategy from leading minds, such as Antulio Echevarria, and the late Colin S Gray. The magazine is available online with over 30 issues and hundreds of articles freely available

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