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 09: “Nuclear Weapons, Then and Now”

Marina Henke, Professor of International Relations at the Hertie School and Director of the Centre for International Security, an expert on nuclear security, military interventions and European defense policy, joins Dr. Katharina Emschermann, Deputy Director at the Centre for International Security, to talk about nuclear security. They discuss:

Episode 09: “Nuclear Weapons, Then and Now”


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 and an expert on information security and international conflict, discusses the difference between cyber espionage and cyber war and the future of cyber warfare.


Episode 07: "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 06: "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 05: "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 04: “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 03: “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 02: “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 01: “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.