The Berlin Security Beat

Want to listen to the scientists? Here’s your chance! The “Berlin Security Beat” features top political scientists unpacking international security issues in conversation with Dr. Katharina Emschermann, Deputy Director at the Centre. Each episode ‘guest scholars’ break down their research for a fresh perspective on current events.

Episode 10: “20 Years of ‘War on Terror’”

Julian Wucherpfennig, Professor of International Affairs and Security at the Hertie School, and an expert on ethnic civil war and terrorism, joins Dr. Katharina Emschermann, Deputy Director at the Centre for International Security, on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks to talk about terrorism. They discuss:

  • what terrorists want,
  • what went wrong in the so-called war on terror,
  • the effects of domestic counter-terrorism measures, and
  • the policy implications of terrorism research.

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Episode 9: “Nuclear Weapons, Then and Now

Marina Henke, Professor of International Relations at the Hertie School and Director of the Centre for International Security, talks about nuclear weapons as signaling devices, strategic in-stability, arms control, and the controversy over nuclear sharing in Germany.


Episode 8: "Cyber (In-) Security"

Tarah Wheeler, a Cyber Project Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government discusses the difference between cyber espionage and cyber war and the future of cyber warfare.


Episode 7: "Peacekeeping - Politics. Practice. Impact."

Andrea Ruggeri, Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Oxford, and an expert on peacekeeping and civil wars, talks about why and how peacekeeping works and how geopolitics influences decision-making at the UN Security Council.


Episode 6: "Power Struggles in the South China Sea"

Sara Mitchell, Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa, and an expert on international conflict, discusses the ins and outs of the disputes in the South China Sea and how climate change increases the risk of maritime conflict.


Episode 5: "Libya, 10 Years Later"

Brian McQuinn, Assistant Professor of International Studies at the University of Regina, Canada, and an expert on armed groups and peace building, discusses the origins of the 2011 Libyan uprisings and the many “ifs” deciding the fate of the Libyan peace process.


Episode 4: “Grand Strategy for the Global Disorder” 

Stacie Goddard, Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College and an expert on international order and global power politics, talks about grand-strategic successes and failures and how to keep a U.S.-China “Cold War 2.0” from becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy.


Episode 3: “Germany’s Post-Merkel Foreign Policy” 

Kai Oppermann, Professor for International Politics at the Chemnitz University of Technology, discusses the German Federal Election and its foreign policy implications and the reasons for Germany's non-participation in the 2011 Libya intervention.


Episode 2: “Conflicts We Can (Not) Predict” 

Nils Metternich, Associate Professor in International Relations at the University College London and an expert on civil conflicts and the prediction of their dynamics, elaborates on what we can and cannot predict in international security and what conflicts to watch in 2021.


Episode 1: “What Joe Biden’s Win Means for the World” 

Sarah Kreps, Professor of Government at Cornell University, US Air Force veteran and seasoned policy advisor, talks about key challenges for the next US administration and why military restraint might not be the new foreign policy consensus in the US.