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 02: “Conflicts We Can (Not) Predict” 

Dr. Nils Metternich, Associate Professor in International Relations at the University College London and an expert on civil conflicts and the prediction of their dynamics, joins Dr. Katharina Emschermann in looking to the future. They discuss

  • what we can and cannot predict in international security,
  • why a Nobel Peace Prize winner went to war in Ethiopia,
  • 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, the crisis of NATO and how (not) to overcome it, Trump’s vs. Biden’s approach to China, and why military restraint might not be the new foreign policy consensus in the US.