Podcast "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 that made the news. Each episode a ‘guest scholar’ breaks down their research for a fresh perspective on current events.

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Episode 13: “Sports and Autocrats”

Dr. Christian Gläßel, postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for International Security at the Hertie School, and Dr. Adam Scharpf, incoming assistant professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen, both experts on authoritarian regimes, join Dr. Katharina Emschermann, Deputy Director at the Centre, to talk about “sportswashing”, i.e. the instrumentalization of sports, in light of the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing and the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. They discuss: • the scrutiny-publicity dilemma autocrats face when hosting international sports events, • how the Argentine military junta disappeared and killed opponents before the 1978 World Cup, • what the events of ‘78 tell us about today, and • the implications for politicians, functionaries and sponsors.

Erschienen: 02.02.2022
Dauer: 00:22:05

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Episode 12: “Nobel Peace Prize Special: State Repression of Journalists”

Anita Gohdes, Professor of International and Cyber Security at the Hertie School, and an expert on contentious politics in the cyber realm, joins Dr. Katharina Emschermann, Deputy Director at the Centre for International Security, to talk about journalist killings. They discuss: - the conditions that put journalists in danger in institutional democracies, - the instrumentalization of social media, - the intersection between online and offline politics in the context of protests, and - how to better protect journalists and freedom of expression.

Erschienen: 09.12.2021
Dauer: 00:18:45

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Episode 11: “When Sanctions Do (Not) Work”

Alistair Wellmann, a Practice Fellow at the Centre for International Security at the Hertie School, and an expert on sanctions implementation and effectiveness, joins Dr. Katharina Emschermann, Deputy Director at the Centre for International Security, to talk about sanctions. They discuss: • why states impose sanctions, • different sanction types, • when sanctions work and when they don’t, and • how to sharpen the tool.

Erschienen: 29.11.2021
Dauer: 00:24:25

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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.

Erschienen: 10.09.2021
Dauer: 00:24:32

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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: • the Centre’s newest 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.

Erschienen: 22.07.2021
Dauer: 00:21:25

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Episode 08: “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, joins Dr. Katharina Emschermann, Deputy Director at the Centre for International Security, to talk about cyber security. They discuss: • the difference between cyber espionage and cyber war, • whether deterrence can work in cyberspace, • what the cyber future of warfare will look like, • and what that entails for military planning and procurement.

Erschienen: 29.06.2021
Dauer: 00:22:15

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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, joins Dr. Katharina Emschermann, Deputy Director at the Centre for International Security, to talk about UN peacekeeping. They discuss: • why and how peacekeeping works, • when to deploy peacekeepers – and when not to, • how to use diversity in mission composition as an asset, • how geopolitics influences decision-making at the UN Security Council, • and, finally, where to get the best coffee.

Erschienen: 25.05.2021
Dauer: 00:24:13

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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, esp. territorial, river and maritime issues, joins Dr. Katharina Emschermann, Deputy Director at the Centre for International Security, to talk about maritime disputes. They discuss: • the ins and outs of the disputes in the South China Sea, • how climate change increases the risk of maritime conflict, • why some of those conflicts turn violent while others are resolved peacefully, • whether the United States needs a larger fleet, • and, finally, what maritime conflicts to worry about.

Erschienen: 19.04.2021
Dauer: 00:21:27

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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, joins Dr. Katharina Emschermann, Deputy Director at the Centre for International Security, to talk about Libya. They discuss: • the origins of the 2011 Libyan uprisings, • the “who’s who” of the ensuing conflict, • his experience living among rebels in Misrata for ethnographic studies, and • the many “ifs” deciding the fate of the Libyan peace process.

Erschienen: 15.03.2021
Dauer: 00:26:02

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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, joins Dr. Katharina Emschermann, Deputy Director at the Centre for International Security, to talk about grand strategy. They discuss: • grand-strategic successes and failures, • why talk isn’t cheap, • how to keep a U.S.-China “Cold War 2.0” from becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy, • and (musical) 90s nostalgia.

Erschienen: 15.02.2021
Dauer: 00:24:22

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