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Secrets Of Statecraft: The Historical Heritage Of Bibi Netanyahu

interview with Andrew Roberts, Bibi Netanyahuvia Secrets of Statecraft
Monday, June 13, 2022

Bibi Netanyahu discusses what effect the past has had on his life and career.

Secrets Of Statecraft: Seventy Years On The Throne: Robert Hardman Explains Queen Elizabeth II’s Statecraft

interview with Andrew Roberts, Robert Hardmanvia Secrets of Statecraft
Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Queen Elizabeth II’s use of soft power in Britain’s unwritten constitution.

Secrets Of Statecraft: Peter Robinson On The Art Of Writing Ronald Reagan’s Speeches

interview with Andrew Roberts, Peter M. Robinsonvia Secrets of Statecraft
Monday, May 16, 2022

If you have ever been asked to deliver a speech in public (or even if you haven’t), listen to a master of the genre Peter Robinson speak of the humor, honesty, and honing involved in writing over 150 speeches for a U.S. President. 

Secrets Of Statecraft: The Influence Of The Past On President Iván Duque Of Colombia

interview with Andrew Roberts, Iván Duquevia Secrets of Statecraft
Wednesday, April 27, 2022

The influence of the past on President Iván Duque of Colombia, includes Simon Bolivar and Winston Churchill.

Secrets Of Statecraft: Dambisa Moyo Finds Echoes Of The Gilded Age

interview with Andrew Roberts, Dambisa Moyovia Secrets of Statecraft
Monday, April 11, 2022

Dambisa Moyo examines America’s Gilded Age, and finds a surprising number of comparisons with our own.

Secrets Of Statecraft: A Masterclass In History From Dr. Henry Kissinger

interview with Andrew Roberts, Henry A. Kissingervia Secrets of Statecraft
Thursday, March 31, 2022

How does having made history affect one’s view of the past?

Secrets Of Statecraft: Christopher Buckley On The History Of The Social Faux Pas

interview with Andrew Roberts, Christopher Buckleyvia Secrets of Statecraft
Thursday, March 17, 2022

The faux pas and its celebrated and checkered past.

Secrets Of Statecraft: The View From Next Door: John O'Sullivan On The War In Ukraine

interview with Andrew Roberts, John O'Sullivanvia Secrets of Statecraft
Monday, March 7, 2022

John O’Sullivan shares special insights on the conflict in Ukraine and on the use of statecraft to find a resolution to the conflict.


Secrets Of Statecraft: What The Greeks And Romans Can Teach Us According to Victor Davis Hanson

interview with Andrew Roberts, Victor Davis Hansonvia Secrets of Statecraft
Thursday, March 3, 2022

What 5th Century BC Greece can tell us about invasions, charismatic leadership, national honor and courageous resistance today.

Secrets Of Statecraft: The Education Of General David Petraeus

interview with Andrew Roberts, David Petraeusvia Secrets of Statecraft
Wednesday, February 23, 2022

General David Petraeus talks about what he learned about the Vietnam War from his PhD studies at Princeton that helped him in the war against terror.

Secrets of Statecraft​ is a bi-monthly podcast hosted by Andrew Roberts which explores the effect that the study of History has had on the careers and decision-making of public figures, and which will also ask leading historians about the influence that the study of History had on their biographical subjects. The title is taken from Winston Churchill’s reply on Coronation Day 1953 to a young American who had asked him for life-advice, to whom he said ‘Study History, study History, for therein lie all the secrets of statecraft.


Andrew Roberts is the Roger and Martha Mertz Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Professor Andrew Roberts took a first in modern history from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, from where he is an Honorary Senior Scholar and PhD. His biography of Winston Churchill’s foreign secretary Lord Halifax, The Holy Fox, was published in 1991 and was followed by Eminent Churchillians; Salisbury: Victorian Titan (which won the Wolfson Prize and the James Stern Silver Pen Award), Napoleon and Wellington; Hitler and Churchill: Secrets of Leadership; Waterloo: Napoleon’s Last Gamble; A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900 (which won the US Intercollegiate Studies Institute Book Award), and Masters and Commanders: How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941–45, which was shortlisted for the Duke of Westminster’s Gold Medal and the British Army Book Award.