20 Best Security Policy Podcasts of 2021

3 years ago

Are you wanting to learn more about security policy ? Well you’ve come to the right place. This is a curated list of the best security policy podcasts of 2021.

We have selected these podcasts for a variety of reasons, but they are all well worth a listen. We tried to select a variety of podcasts across the spectrum from hosts with a wide breadth of experience.

We are always keen to hear your feedback, if we have missed a podcast, tweet us @MagazineWelp and we will check it out!

Best Security Policy Podcasts 2021

With thanks to ListenNotes, Crunchbase, SemRush and Ahrefs for providing the data to create and rank these podcasts.

The Lawfare Podcast

  • Publisher: The Lawfare Institute
  • Total Episodes: 175

The Lawfare Podcast features discussions with experts, policymakers, and opinion leaders at the nexus of national security, law, and policy. On issues from foreign policy, homeland security, intelligence, and cybersecurity to governance and law, we have doubled down on seriousness at a time when others are running away from it. Visit us at www.lawfareblog.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

War on the Rocks

  • Publisher: Ryan Evans
  • Total Episodes: 155

Discussions over drinks with security, defense, and foreign policy insiders and experts. The original War on the Rocks podcast series.

Rational Security

  • Publisher: The Lawfare Institute
  • Total Episodes: 315

A weekly discussion of national security and foreign policy matters hosted by Shane Harris of the Washington Post and featuring Brookings scholars Tamara Cofman Wittes, Benjamin Wittes, and Susan Hennessey. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Foreign Podicy

  • Publisher: FDD
  • Total Episodes: 80

A national security and foreign policy podcast from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD).

The National Security Podcast

  • Publisher: ANU National Security College
  • Total Episodes: 77

The ANU National Security College brings you expert analysis, insights and opinion on the national security challenges facing Australia and the Indo-Pacific. Produced with the support of Policy Forum.

The Cyberlaw Podcast

  • Publisher: Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • Total Episodes: 397

A weekly podcast offering an opinionated roundup of the latest events in technology, security, privacy, and government and an in-depth interview of technology and policy newsmakers. Host Stewart Baker and regulars share their views  – and not those of the firm.

Background Briefing with Ian Masters

  • Publisher: Ian Masters
  • Total Episodes: 1254

Background Briefing goes far beyond the headlines and deep under the radar to bring forward truths unheard elsewhere in American media. Background Briefing features international and national news, expert guests, policymakers, and critics offering analysis and insight on national security, foreign and domestic policy, political, cultural, and social issues. backgroundbriefing.org/donate twitter.com/ianmastersmedia facebook.com/ianmastersmedia

The Burn Bag Podcast

  • Publisher: A’ndre Gonawela and Ryan Rosenthal
  • Total Episodes: 90

The *hottest* national security and foreign policy podcast featuring conversations with leading policy practitioners, thinkers, and leaders. In each episode, we open up a ‘burn bag’ to breakdown some of the most pressing security challenges of today’s world with the people who have worked and lived them.


  • Publisher: War on the Rocks
  • Total Episodes: 102

This is Bombshell, a bi-weekly podcast coming to you from Washington insiders to dissect today’s foreign policy crises and tomorrow’s security challenges. We’ll talk military strategy, White House mayhem, and the best cocktails known to (wo)man. Brought to you by War on the Rocks.

Press the Button

  • Publisher: Ploughshares Fund
  • Total Episodes: 115

An engaging podcast on nuclear policy and national security, Press the Button is co-hosted by defense experts Michelle Dover and Tom Collina of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. This weekly podcast features top officials and experts discussing the latest developments on Iran, North Korea, nuclear weapons, military budgets and foreign policy. Press the Button offers diverse views on one of the most important issues of our time: preventing nuclear war. Have a question about nuclear issues that you’d like to hear answered on the podcast? Email us at [email protected].

Deep Dish on Global Affairs

  • Publisher: The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
  • Total Episodes: 230

Deep Dish on Global Affairs goes beyond the headlines on critical global issues. With world news in rapid development, Deep Dish brings together experts in foreign policy, national security, economics, and whatever field is in flux during the week to talk through what’s happening, why, and why it matters.

A Podcast Called INTREPID

  • Publisher: Stephanie Carvin and Craig Forcese
  • Total Episodes: 109

In "A podcast Called INTREPID", Stephanie Carvin (NPSIA, Carleton University) and Craig Forcese (Faculty of Law, uOttawa) discuss and debate issues in Canadian national security law and policy, sometimes ripped from the headlines, and in other instances, just because they seem interesting.

Take as Directed

  • Publisher: CSIS Global Health Policy Center | Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Total Episodes: 233

Take as Directed is the podcast series of the CSIS Global Health Policy Center. It highlights important news, events, issues, and perspectives in global health policy, particularly in infectious disease, health security, and maternal, newborn, and child health. The podcast brings you commentary and perspectives from some of the leading voices in global health and CSIS Global Health Policy Center in-house experts

Fault Lines

  • Publisher: National Security Institute
  • Total Episodes: 81

Fault Lines examines national security and foreign policy issues with expert perspectives from across the political spectrum. This motley crew will examine national security and foreign policy issues with perspectives from across the political spectrum, finding points of agreement and – often –disagreement along the way.Our regular cast of foreign policy experts includes Jodi Herman, Jamil Jaffer, Dana Stroul, and Lester Munson.Tune in to learn more about the issues dominating headlines and the news stories you may have missed. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

IS: Off the Page

  • Publisher: International Security
  • Total Episodes: 15

IS: Off the Page brings policymakers, academics, and practitioners into conversation about security issues of global importance. In each episode, we will discuss a recent piece of research published in International Security, and more importantly, go beyond each article’s findings to engage in contemporary, real-world policy.

Power Problems

  • Publisher: Cato Institute
  • Total Episodes: 101

Power Problems is a bi-weekly podcast from the Cato Institute. Host John Glaser offers a skeptical take on U.S. foreign policy, and discusses today’s big questions in international security with distinguished guests from across the political spectrum. Podcast Hashtag: #FPPowerProblems. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


  • Publisher: Institute for the Study of War
  • Total Episodes: 72

Overwatch, an Institute for the Study of War podcast, goes beyond the news headlines to give listeners analysis and commentary on issues related to U.S. national security and American foreign policy. The episodes feature discussions with experts and practitioners to explore what challenges and opportunities lie ahead for the U.S.

The Foreign Desk with Lisa Daftari

  • Publisher: The Foreign Desk, Lisa Daftari
  • Total Episodes: 34

The Foreign Desk with Lisa Daftari breaks down the foreign policy and national security issues of day. With high caliber guests including elected officials, industry experts and Lisa’s own hallmark commentary, the show delves deeper to give you the news you won’t get anywhere else.

War Studies

  • Publisher: Department of War Studies
  • Total Episodes: 94

Welcome to the War Studies podcast. We bring you world-leading research from the School of Security Studies at King’s College London, the largest community of scholars in the world dedicated to the study of all aspects of security, defence and international relations. We aim to explore the complex realm of conflict and uncover the challenges at the heart of navigating world affairs and diplomatic relations, because we believe the study of war is fundamental to understanding the world we live in and the world we want to live in. If you’ve enjoyed this podcast, please rate and review us on your preferred podcast provider – it really helps us reach more listeners. The School of Security Studies harnesses the depth and breadth of expertise across War Studies and Defence Studies to produce world-leading research and teaching on issues of global security that develops new empirical knowledge, employs innovative theory, and addresses vital policy issues. Visit our website: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/security-studies Sign up to our mailing list: https://kcl.us15.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=cc0521a63c9b286223dea9d18&id=730233761d DISCLAIMER: Any information, statements or opinions contained in these podcasts are those of the individual speakers. They do not represent the opinions of the Department of War Studies or King’s College London.

Energy 360°

  • Publisher: CSIS | Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Total Episodes: 187

Energy 360 examines the energy landscape from the intersection of policy, markets, technologies, and geopolitics. With commentary from leading energy and CSIS experts, we provide context and perspective on the most critical issues shaping energy today. Hosted by the CSIS Energy and National Security Program.

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