Episode 1: Understanding the Origins of Russian Grand Strategy

Launching RUSI Journal Radio’s second season, hosts Demi, Emma and Ed discuss Russian grand strategy and its evolution over time with Andrew Monaghan, a Russian Studies expert.

Against the backdrop of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, this episode reflects on the principles that underpin contemporary Russian strategy, Vladimir Putin’s political ascendancy, and the dangers of relying on historical analogies.

Andrew is Founding Director of the Russia Research Network, a Non-Resident Associate Fellow of the NATO Defense College, a Senior Associate Fellow at RUSI, and a George F Kennan Fellow at the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute.

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Emma De Angelis

Director of Publications/Editor, RUSI Journal


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Edward Mortimer

Deputy Director, Publications


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Demi Starks

Assistant Editor


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