The Berlin Security Beat

Want to better understand how security practitioners build their careers? What challenges they face? The Berlin Security Beat is back with a second season focused on the careers and experience of seasoned security practitioners. Tune in and listen to a variety of experts from nuclear analysts, think tankers, former intelligence officers and human rights professionals.

Berlin Security Beat - Season 2

Episode 06: Working for NATO with Vlasta Zekulic

In this episode we delve into the work of NATO with Vlasta Zekulic, Branch Head for Strategic Issues Engagements at NATO Allied Command Transformation. We discuss Vlasta's experiences as one of the few female recruits at Citadel, her insights on the organizational dynamics of NATO, and the core skills young professionals need to succeed in NATO's operational environment.


Episode 05: From academia to policy with Gorana Grgić

In this episode we interview Dr. Gorana Grgić, Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney and a world expert on U.S. and transatlantic security policy. In this episode we discuss a wide-range of topics from translating academic work to policy to navigating media appearances.


Episode 04: How to be a nuclear analyst with Ankit Panda

In this episode, we welcome Ankit Panda, a Stanton Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment's Nuclear Policy Program. Ankit shares his insights on the obstacles upcoming professionals encounter in the field, essential skills for success, and his approach to writing.


Episode 03: What intelligence work is really like with Cato Stensland

In this month’s episode, we interview Cato Stensland, former intelligence officer in the secret service in Norway. We talk about the nature of intelligence work, open-source intelligence and issues with security clearances.


Episode 02: Creating nuclear strategy with Brad Roberts

In this episode, Brad Roberts, director of the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory speaks about what it takes to be part of the nuclear strategic community, his work for the Obama administration and some advice for future nuclear analysts.


Episode 01: From journalism to think tanks with Constanze Stelzenmüller

In the pilot episode of the second season, Constanze Stelzenmüller recounts the development of her career, from journalism to becoming a director at Brookings, and the challenges and transitions that came with her path.

Berlin Security Beat - Season 1

All episodes of the first season of the Berlin Security Beat can be accessed here.