Berlin Security Beat

Episode 09: “Nuclear Weapons, Then and Now”

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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:

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,

Schelling, Thomas C. (1960): The Strategy of Conflict, Harvard University Press,

Schelling, Thomas C. (1966): Arms and Influence, Yale University Press,


Egeland, Kjølv/ Pelopidas, Benoît (2021): European Nuclear Weapons? Zombie Debates and Nuclear Realities, in: European Security, 30:2, 237-258,

Fink, Anya L. (2017), The Evolving Russian Concept of Strategic Deterrence: Risks and Responses, Arms Control Today,

Gavin, Francis J. (2020): Nuclear Weapons and American Grand Strategy, Brookings Institution Press,

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, Joint Nuclear Operations (2020), JP 3-72,

Kofman, Michael/ Fink, Anya/ Edmonds, Jeffrey (2020): Russian Strategy for Escalation Management: Evolution of Key Concepts,

Krepon, Michael (2021): Let’s 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,

Lewis, Jeffrey (2021): The Nuclear Option: Slowing a New Arms Race Means Compromising on Missile Defenses, in: Foreign Affairs,

Pifer, Steven (2021): Germany’s 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,

Tannenwald: Nina (2018): The Vanishing Nuclear Taboo? How Disarmament Fell Apart, in: Foreign Affairs, 97:6, 16-24,

Ven Bruusgaard, Kristin (2020): Russian Nuclear Strategy and Conventional Inferiority, in: Journal of Strategic Studies, 1-33,

More from Marina Henke:

Henke, Marina (2019): Constructing Allied Cooperation: Diplomacy, Payments, and Power in Multilateral Military Coalitions, Cornell University Press,


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