Podcast: The British Military’s Warning About Russia

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The head of the UK General Staff, Gen. Sir Nicholas Carter

On Monday the head of the British military, Gen. Sir Nicholas Carter, said Russia is the greatest state-based threat to the UK since the Cold War.

I spoke with Nicky Campbell of BBC Radio 5 Live about the warning, explaining that it was far more than an appeal by the UK armed forces for more resources. The discussion considers the relative strength of Russian and UK forces, the “hybrid warfare” of the 21st century, and Russia’s challenge in areas such as Ukraine, the Baltic States, and the Middle East.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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