The Future of Germany’s Nuclear Policy After the Ukraine War

Wednesday, November 1, 2023, 10:00-11:00am EDT // 15:00-16:00 CET

Dr. Karl-Heinz Kamp, Lecturer at Roma Tre University and Associate Fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations
Professor Marina Henke, Professor at Hertie School in Berlin and the Hertie Center for International Security
Mr. Robert Litwak, Senior Vice President and Director of International Security Studies at the Wilson Center

Dr. Stephen F. Szabo, Senior Fellow at AGI

A major challenge in the reshaping of German security policy after the Russian war on Ukraine and Moscow’s attempt to radically alter the European political and security landscape concerns nuclear deterrence. How does a non-nuclear country respond to the threat of nuclear intimidation that Putin has raised to European security? Can it continue to rely on the American extended deterrent and NATO’s nuclear policy when the U.S. political system is in turmoil? Is there a European alternative? How should Germany educate its public about nuclear issues? These are some of the questions considered in Karl-Heinz Kamp’s new book, Germany’s Nuclear Interests after the Ukraine War (Nomos Verlag).

This webinar will include discussion of Germany’s approach to nuclear issues, the changed European policy environment in light of the acute Russian threat, and the transatlantic security dynamics.

Dr. Karl-Heinz Kamp is currently a lecturer at the Roma Tre University and an associate fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin. He has served as the President of the Federal Academy for Security Policy in Berlin, Research Director of the NATO Defense College and Special Envoy of the Political Director in the German Defense Ministry.

Professor Marina Henke is professor of international relations at the Hertie School in Berlin (Germany) and the Director of the Hertie Center for International Security. Currently she is the Helmut Schmidt Distinguished Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS, a visiting professorship supported by the DAAD and the German Federal Foreign Office. She has published widely on grand strategy, nuclear security and European security and defense policy. Among her numerous publications is Constructing Allied Cooperation (Cornell University Press) which won a number of best book awards.

Mr. Robert Litwak is senior vice president and director of international security studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He is also a consultant to the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Litwak served on the National Security Council staff as director for nonproliferation in the Clinton administration. He was an adjunct professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and has held visiting fellowships at Harvard University’s Center for International Affairs, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Oxford University. Litwak is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and received a doctorate in international relations from the London School of Economics.

Dr. Stephen F. Szabo, Senior Fellow at AGI, is the author, among many other works, of Germany, Russia, and the Rise of Geo-Economics (Bloomsbury Academic).

Please contact Program Coordinator Mr. jack Fornasiero at with any questions.

This webinar is supported by the United States diplomatic mission in Germany.