Position: Research Fellow, Nuclear Analysis
Andrea Berger is a Research Fellow in Nuclear Analysis and Deputy Director for theUK Project on Nuclear Issues. She is responsible for supporting activities on issues relating to arms control, non-proliferation, and disarmament. In addition to her work at RUSI, Andrea is a member of the 2012 Nuclear Scholars Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC.Andrea has previously worked in non-proliferation research and analysis at the International Centre for Security Analysis, based at King's College London.
She has also worked for the Government of Canada in a number of analytical capacities, namely in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and the Embassy of Canada to Germany.Andrea completed an MA in International Peace and Security from the Department of War Studies at King's College London, where her dissertation work focused on the command and control of British nuclear weapons. She also holds a BA in Political Science from Carleton University in Ottawa, as well as a certificate in Nuclear Safeguards and Non-Proliferation from the European Safeguards Research and Development Association.
RUSI articles and analysis by this author
The Death of Nuclear Talks with North Korea
14 Feb 2013
North Korea’s latest nuclear test has resulted in a familiar chorus of international condemnation. Surprisingly, the only meaningful change in rhetoric has come from the regime itself. Pyongyang now implies its nuclear programme is no longer up for negotiation.
Mission Possible: Canada-UK Embassy Sharing
15 Nov 2012
What are the factors underpinning the agreement of – and reaction to – the recent Memorandum of Understanding on Canada-UK embassy sharing and diplomatic co-operation?
A Tornado in a Teacup? Examining Germany's Alleged Nuclear Strike Aircraft Modernisation
7 Sep 2012
Leaked information to the German press alleges that the coalition government has reneged on a previous pledge to remove US tactical nuclear weapons from Germany. The subsequent reporting frenzy heightens the decades-long national anxiety over nuclear issues. But it seems no one has paused to ask whether the original allegations stand-up to scrutiny.
A Bumpy Road Ahead for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
18 May 2012
To an outside observer, the recent high-level Preparatory Committee meeting of the Non-Proliferation Treaty appeared to be a restrained affair despite tensions over Iran, North Korea, and lack of disarmament progress. But there is plenty of evidence to suggest that the road ahead for the Treaty is far from smooth.
The Audience War: US Rhetoric and the Iranian Nuclear Programme
29 Mar 2012
Obama's declaratory policy on Iran involves a fine balancing act that is designed for multiple audiences: a recalcitrant Iranian regime, a domestic population about to go to the polls, and a jittery Middle Eastern region led by Israel. Though this strategy has thus far been successful, it carries notable risks for the Administration in the midst of a continuing standoff with Iran.
RUSI staff selected for high-profile US study programmes
18 Dec 2011
RUSI members of staff have been recognised for their expertise and selected for well-regarded study initiatives in the United States. Andrea Berger has been selected for the Nuclear Scholars Initiative, while Ashlee Godwin has received a Fulbright Scholarship to join the United States Institute on US National Security.
Devaluing the Dual-Track Approach to Iran
2 Dec 2011
With the ransacking of the British embassy in Tehran, the West has further shrunk its repository of policy options, leaving sanctions as the policy tool of choice. However, while sanctions may slow Iran's forays into the nuclear field, they are unlikely to divert their course entirely.
Small Nuclear Forces: Five Perspectives
1 Dec 2011
In an era of smaller weapons stockpiles, what are the policy drivers for the medium-sized nuclear-weapon states - and how might they determine future disarmament?
Iran's Nuclear Ambitions: A Steady Crawl to Breakout Capability
15 Nov 2011
The International Atomic Energy Agency's latest report on Iran describes in unprecedented detail a country moving slowly towards a nuclear weapons option, rather than a bomb itself. This lack of a 'smoking gun' removes military response from the international community's toolbox of policy options. But this is no grounds for complacency.