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The New Cold War Podcast

The New Cold War podcast by Edward Lucas gives authoritative and up-to-date commentary and perspective on the European security crisis, and its implications for the United States. Formerly a senior editor at The Economist, the world’s foremost newsweekly, Lucas is now a senior vice-president at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). He writes a weekly column in the London Times. Lucas has been writing and broadcasting about the region for the BBC, NPR and other outlets since the mid-1980s—and has been warning of the threat from of Putin’s Russia for years, notably in his prescient best-seller, published in 2008, “The New Cold War”. The podcasts are updated weekly, and include an archive dating back more than 10 years. You can follow him on Twitter — @edwardlucas — and find out more details of his work and career on his website: edwardlucas.com

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Hong Kong’s plight shames us all

The Chinese Communist Party is crushing Hong Kong. Taiwan’s next. What are we going to do about it?

7mins

29 May 2020

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Pandemic rocks geopolitical world order

The geopolitical fallout from the pandemic will change the world. We can already see some of the winners—and the losers.

5mins

24 May 2020

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In Memoriam: JR Lucas (1929-2020)

My father, the Oxford philosopher JR Lucas, was an inspirational and indefatigable campaigner for the captive nations. This is my tribute to him.

10mins

10 May 2020

Rank #3

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My evidence to Britain’s Russia inquiry

I was the first witness to the intelligence and security committee inquiry into Russian influence. The government has blocked the report’s publication, but here’s what I said.

13mins

17 Nov 2019

Rank #4

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Shortwave radio spells freedom

Shortwave radio helped us win the cold war. Don’t tune out yet—especially if you are Chinese.

7mins

22 Dec 2019

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China’s “Wolf Warrior” diplomacy is prompting a global backlash

China’s “Wolf Warrior” diplomacy is prompting a global backlash—what we need now is unity.

7mins

18 May 2020

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Shun Putin’s party, and remember the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact

Putin celebrates Soviet collaboration with the Nazis. We should shun his victory party.

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6 Jan 2020

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Nato, hammers and screwdrivers

NATO’s troubles are mild by historical standards. The real worry should be the West’s weakness in the face of non-military threats.

5mins

1 Dec 2019

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Syrian blowback

Russia’s resurgence in the near east spells trouble for US allies in eastern Europe.

5mins

27 Oct 2019

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Africa provides rich pickings for Moscow

Russia is making money and mischief in Africa, while the West dithers.

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29 Sep 2019

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Bracing for Brexit

Boris Johnson’s election means Brexit will now happen. Difficulties lie ahead – but betting against Mr Johnson would be unwise.

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14 Dec 2019

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Memories of Berlin

I lived and worked I cold-war Berlin. The lessons of 30 years ago still matter today.

5mins

9 Nov 2019

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Brexit woes

Brexit, I argued in June 2016, was not inevitable. Yet ahead of this week’s elections in the UK, I am more than just a little pessimistic…

4mins

8 Dec 2019

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Pax Americana and how to defend it

Foreign policy works best when the home front is strong. A lesson for America—and for its allies.

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3 Nov 2019

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Sovietistan

Cliches spoil some good reporting in Sovietistan, a new book about Central Asia.

6mins

1 Sep 2019

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Kleptocracy tour

A bus trip round London exposes the scourge of kleptocracy.

7mins

8 Mar 2020

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(Dis)information wars

Naive consumers plus media manipulators are a lethal combination. Disinformation is mutating and democracy is in danger. Rebuilding trust is key.

9mins

1 Mar 2020

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UK should not leave Hong Kong out in the cold

Britain has responsibilities to the people of Hong Kong. It should not shirk them.

8mins

10 Sep 2019

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The Summer of ’89 [3/4]

While celebrating the collapse of Communism we should learn from its lessons. The third of four podcasts reflecting on 1989, and the struggle for democracy in China now.

5mins

18 Aug 2019

Rank #19

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The Summer of ’89 [2/4]

While celebrating the collapse of Communism we should learn from its lessons. The second of four podcasts reflecting on 1989, and the struggle for democracy in China now.

9mins

11 Aug 2019

Rank #20