The Berlin Security Beat is an original podcast produced by the Centre for International Security at the Hertie School in Berlin. It delves into the intricate world of international security, examining its ties to research, academia, and various career paths, spanning areas from nuclear to cyber security. The show features interviews with top specialists in international security. Now in its third season, The Berlin Security Beat is presented by David Backovsky."
S3 Episode 02: Threat Intelligence, State Actors & China with Jiro Minier
34:57In the first half of our two-parter on cyber threats we'll be discussing cyber threat intelligence (CTI) and state actors with one of Berlin's leading threat intelligence experts, Jiro Minier. We cover the basics of CTI and then explore the geopolitical side with China as a case study of how state threat actor nexuses operate. Jiro Minier is Lead, Threat Intelligence Research and Analysis at the DCSO in Berlin. He is a former fellow of the Centre for International Security and the European Cyber Conflict Research Initiative (ECCRI).
S3 Episode 01: Entering Cyber Security with Kritika Roy & Finn Hagemann
18:26In the opening episode of the 3rd season, we interview two Hertie School alumni, Kritika Roy and Finn Hagemann on their transition to the industry, what their work in cybersecurity entails and what advice they'd have for newcomers on entering the industry. Tune in to find out more!
S2 Episode 06: Working for NATO with Vlasta Zekulic
34:15In this episode we delve into the work of NATO with the Branch Head for Strategic Issues Engagements at NATO Allied Command Transformation. We cover a wide range of issues, from Vlasta's experiences as one of the few female recruits at Citadel, to her insights on the organizaitonal dynamics of NATO and the core skills and tools that young professionals need to succeed in NATO's operational environment.
S2 Episode 05: From academia to policy with Gorana Grgić
32:26In this episode we interview Dr. Gorana Grgić, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Government and International Relations and the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Gorana is a world expert on U.S. and transatlantic security policy and has collaborated with a range of institutions from the EU to NATO to the Australian Ministry of Defence. In this episode we discuss a wide-range of topics from translating academic work to policy to navigating media appearances.
S2 Episode 04: How to be a nuclear analyst with Ankit Panda
25:54In this episode of the Berlin Security Beat, we welcome Ankit Panda, a renowned nuclear analyst and Stanton Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment's Nuclear Policy Program. Ankit, known for his expertise on the Asia-Pacific, nuclear strategy, arms control, and emerging technologies, gives a glimpse into the life of a nuclear analyst. He shares his insights on the obstacles upcoming professionals encounter in the field, essential skills for success, and his approach to writing.
S2 Episode 03: What intelligence work is really like with Cato Stensland
22:17In this month’s episode we interview Cato Stensland, former intelligence officer in the secret services in Norway. We cover a wide-range of issues from the nature of intelligence work, to open source intelligence, to the issues with security clearances.
S2 Episode 02: Creating nuclear strategy with Brad Roberts
24:38In this episode we speak with Brad Roberts, director of the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory about what it takes to be part of the nuclear strategic community, his work for the Obama administration and some advice for future nuclear analysts. For more information on the Center for Global Security Research, please visit: https://cgsr.llnl.gov/ For more information on the Centre for International Security visit: https://www.hertie-school.org/en/international-security
S2 Episode 01: From journalism to think tanks with Constanze Stelzenmüller
35:14In the pilot episode of the second season, Constanze Stelzenmüller recounts the development of her career, from journalism to becoming a director at Brookings, and the challenges and transitions that came with her path. Theme Copyright: Music by amaksi from Pixabay
S1 Episode 13: “Sports and Autocrats”
22:05Dr. 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.