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Julia Berghofer

Senior Policy Fellow and Project Manager for the YGLN

Julia Berghofer is an ELN Senior Policy Fellow and Project Manager for the Younger Generation Leaders Network on Euro-Atlantic Security (YGLN)

Prior to joining the ELN, Julia was a research assistant with the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin until 2018 and a project assistant in the organisational team of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) until 2017. Previously, she worked for the Heinrich Böll Foundation offices in Berlin and Brussels, the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) and at the Institute of Educational Sciences at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Hamburg.

Julia holds a Bachelor in Political and Communication Sciences from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich and the University of Vienna, and completed her Master in Political Science at the University of Hamburg in 2016. Her thesis was a scenario analysis on the future number of nuclear weapon states.

She is a Vice-chair of the YGLN and a member of the Réseau Nucléaire et Stratégie – Nouvelle Génération (RNS-NG, promo 2017/18). Julia served as a member of the German board of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) until 2016.

Her research areas include nuclear arms control, disarmament, West-Russia relations and NATO.

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Content by Julia Berghofer


No future? Cooperation with younger generation Russian experts

In an excerpt from her new book “The New Cold War”, ELN Senior Policy Fellow Julia Berghofer writes that despite the challenges, the West needs to maintain certain channels of communication beyond the political and military level. Contact with a younger generation of Russian security experts, civil society activists, and political scientists is essential for a safer Europe.

27 March 2024 | Julia Berghofer
Policy brief

Resisting the risks of nuclear mission creep: UK deterrence and emerging strategic threats

In recent years the US and the UK have said they might deter threats arising from emerging and disruptive technologies (EDTs) with nuclear weapons. This policy shift signals an increased emphasis on nuclear deterrence and challenges the UK’s non-proliferation and disarmament commitments. Instead of aiming to deter the extreme use of EDTs with nuclear weapons, this policy brief argues that the UK and other nuclear weapons states should focus on developing their national resilience to mitigate threats.

8 December 2023 | Julia Berghofer