Vladimir Putin’s failures and the art of command – with Lawrence Freedman

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Katie Stallard speaks to Lawrence Freedman, emeritus professor of war studies at King's College London and a regular contributor to the New Statesman, as well as the author of numerous books, including his latest, Command: The Politics of Military Operations from Korea to Ukraine.

They discuss Vladimir Putin's failure to anticipate the scale of Ukraine's resistance and the current outlook for the conflict. Plus, the lessons that can be drawn from other military campaigns, from the Korean War to the combat in Iraq and Kosovo. Plus, what would happen if a nuclear stand-off such as the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis took place in 2022?

Further reading:

Putin's economic war on Europe is an act of desperation.

The war in Ukraine is reaching a critical moment.

Putin has failed to learn the lessons of Stalin.


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