Nuclear Weapons, Then and Now

Marina Henke talks to Katharina Emschermann about nuclear security. 

In the ninth episode of the “Berlin Security Beat”, Dr. Katharina Emschermann, Deputy Director at the Centre for International Security, talks to 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, about nuclear security.

They discuss the Centre’s research project “Understanding Nuclear Assurance, Deterrence and Escalation in Europe”, funded by the Stanton Foundation, Marina Henke’s research into the psychology of limited nuclear war, nuclear weapons as signaling devices, strategic in-stability, arms control, and the controversy over nuclear sharing in Germany.

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Where to start? Marina Henke’s ‘Intro to Nuclear Security’ List

Heuser, Beatrice (1998): Nuclear Mentalities? Strategies and Beliefs in Britain, France and the FRG, Palgrave MacMillan, https://link.springer.com/book/10.1057/9780230377752

Schelling, Thomas C. (1960): The Strategy of Conflict, Harvard University Press, https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674840317&content=reviews

Schelling, Thomas C. (1966): Arms and Influence, Yale University Press, https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300143379/arms-and-influence



Egeland, Kjølv/ Pelopidas, Benoît (2021): European Nuclear Weapons? Zombie Debates and Nuclear Realities, in: European Security, 30:2, 237-258, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09662839.2020.1855147

Fink, Anya L. (2017), The Evolving Russian Concept of Strategic Deterrence: Risks and Responses, Arms Control Today, https://www.armscontrol.org/act/2017-07/features/evolving-russian-concept-strategic-deterrence-risks-responses

Gavin, Francis J. (2020): Nuclear Weapons and American Grand Strategy, Brookings Institution Press, https://www.brookings.edu/book/nuclear-weapons-and-american-grand-strategy/

Holmes, Marcus (2015): Fight-or-Flight or Tend-and-Befriend? Stress and the Political Psychology of Crisis Diplomacy, The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, 10(1), 15-21,  https://brill.com/view/journals/hjd/10/1/article-p15_4.xml

Joint Nuclear Operations (2020), JP 3-72, https://fas.org/irp/doddir/dod/jp3_72_2020.pdf   

Kofman, Michael/ Fink, Anya/ Edmonds, Jeffrey (2020): Russian Strategy for Escalation Management: Evolution of Key Concepts, https://www.cna.org/CNA_files/PDF/DRM-2019-U-022455-1Rev.pdf

Krepon, Michael (2021): Let’s Discuss Strategic Stability, https://www.armscontrolwonk.com/archive/1212358/lets-discuss-strategic-stability/

Larsen, Jeffrey A. (2014): Limited War and the Advent of Nuclear Weapons, in: Larsen, Jeffrey A., and Kerry M. Kartchner, (eds): On Limited Nuclear War in the 21st Century, Stanford University Press, 2014, 3-20, https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/9780804790918/html

Lewis, Jeffrey (2021): The Nuclear Option: Slowing a New Arms Race Means Compromising on Missile Defenses, in: Foreign Affairs, https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/china/2021-02-22/nuclear-option

Pifer, Steven (2021): Germany’s upcoming election and the future of nuclear sharing, https://www.brookings.edu/research/germanys-upcoming-election-and-the-future-of-nuclear-sharing/

Press, Daryl G./ Sagan, Scott D./ Valentino, Benjamin A. (2013): Atomic Aversion: Experimental Evidence on Taboos, Traditions, and the Non-Use of Nuclear Weapons, in: American Political Science Review, 107: 1, 188–206, https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/american-political-science-review/article/atomic-aversion-experimental-evidence-on-taboos-traditions-and-the-nonuse-of-nuclear-weapons/3F9FD4E39E19284555376D01AA36028E

Tannenwald: Nina (2018): The Vanishing Nuclear Taboo? How Disarmament Fell Apart, in: Foreign Affairs, 97:6, 16-24, https://watson.brown.edu/files/watson/imce/news/2018/The%20Vanishing%20Nuclear%20Taboo%20-%20Foreign%20Affairs%202018.pdf

Ven Bruusgaard, Kristin (2020): Russian Nuclear Strategy and Conventional Inferiority, in: Journal of Strategic Studies, 1-33, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01402390.2020.1818070


More from Marina Henke:

Henke, Marina (2019): Constructing Allied Cooperation: Diplomacy, Payments, and Power in Multilateral Military Coalitions, Cornell University Press, https://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/9781501739712/constructing-allied-cooperation/#bookTabs=1

More about the speakers

  • Katharina Emschermann , Deputy Director, Centre for International Security
  • Marina Henke , Professor of International Relations | Director, Centre for International Security