"Negotiations with Iran: Our Best Bet for Future Security"
19 March 2015, by Wolfgang Ischinger, David Owen, and Paul Quilès
"We Europeans have to ensure that nuclear non-proliferation remains our primary aim in negotiations with Iran", Wolfgang Ischinger, Paul Quilès, and David Owen write in a piece on the state of the diplomatic efforts with Iran.
02 March 2015, by MSC
Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, the chairman of the Munich Security Conference (MSC), will join the faculty of the Hertie School of Governance as Senior Professor for Security and Diplomatic Practice in the summer of 2015 to...
25 February 2015, by Wolfgang Ischinger / Adrian Oroz
Which emerging threat is the world missing right now? After a truly horrendous year for international peace and security, this question today is even more important than usual for the international strategic community.
23 February 2015, by MSC / Hertie School
Wolfgang Ischinger joins the faculty as Senior Professor for Security Policy and Diplomatic Practice. He will focus on the new study programme "Master of International Affairs" (MIA) and support the development of a research...
20 February 2015, by MSC
The world's newspapers of record and renowned think tanks have published countless reports and analyses on the debates at the 51st Munich Security Conference. Here we document a small selection.
"The World According to Kissinger" - Wolfgang Ischinger's Review of "World Order" in "Foreign Affairs"
17 February 2015, by MSC / Wolfgang Ischinger
"[R]egardless of how one views Kissinger, his new book is tremendously valuable. To call 'World Order' timely would be an understatement, for if there was one thing the world yearned for in 2014, it was order."
10 February 2015, by MSC
Sending defensive weapons to Ukraine was not a desirable policy, the chairman of the MSC said. "But I think it's important in negotiations that you do not take options of the table unless you have to."
06 February 2015, by MSC
Now available: The new edition of "The Security Times" for the 51st Security Conference, including essays by Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Jens Stoltenberg.
Munich Security Conference Increasingly a Hub for Civil Society Activities / "Ewald von Kleist Award" goes to OSCE
05 February 2015, by MSC
To many, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) still is a meeting of statesmen and military leaders. But it has also become a hub and platform for civil society initiatives and NGOs.
03 February 2015, by MSC / Wolfgang Ischinger
"If we do not want the strategy of annexation and fostering instability [...] to succeed we must make sure that Ukraine will have a fair chance to survive, militarily and financially," Wolfgang Ischinger writes for Spiegel Online.
03 February 2015, by Thomas Bagger
"It is exactly in these categories of competitiveness and cohesion, of openness and integration, of a viable model of sustainability, that Germany has much to contribute to the future of international order."
29 January 2015, by MSC
In the latest edition of the University of Pennsylvania's Global Think Tank Index Report, the Munich Security Conference again ranks as number one among "Best Think Tank Conferences" in the world.
28 January 2015, by MSC
Interested in experiencing the atmosphere of the Munich Security Conference? Join us, the U.S. Consulate General Munich, and Amerikahaus München at Hotel Bayerischer Hof for a debate "Privacy, Security, and You" on the eve of the...
26 January 2015, by MSC
On 26 January 2015, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) has published its first Munich Security Report (MSR), an annual digest on critical questions and important trends in international security policy. This year's inaugural...
22 January 2015, by MSC
On 26 January, the MSC will hold its Berlin Kickoff event for the 51st Munich Security Conference, featuring the presentation of the first Munich Security Report and a debate on German foreign and security policy (in German).
14 January 2015, by MSC / OSCE
The panel, chaired by Wolfgang Ischinger, is mandated to provide advice on how to reconsolidate European security as a common project.
A focus on the collapse of the international order - The 51st MSC in light of current crises and conflicts
12 January 2015, by MSC
From 6 to 8 February 2015, the Bavarian capital will be again in the focus of international politics. Over 400 renowned decision-makers in international politics, including about twenty heads of state and government and more than...
29 December 2014, by Financial Times / MSC
"Germany has backed an attempt to involve Russia in talks about reforming Europe-wide security structures in a move that might help ease tensions surrounding the Ukraine crisis," the "FT" writes about the OSCE's Eminent Persons...
08 December 2014, by MSC
In advance of the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, leaders from 46 countries have signed a letter supporting the initiative and setting out an ambitious agenda for its further development.
Wolfgang Ischinger to chair an OSCE Eminent Persons Panel on "European Security as a Common Project" [updated]
04 December 2014, by MSC
At today’s OSCE Ministerial Council in Basel, the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Swiss President Didier Burkhalter, launched a high-level Panel of Eminent Persons on "European Security as a Common Project," in close cooperation with...
21 November 2014, by MSC
About thirty political decision-makers, industry executives, and other experts came together in Istanbul yesterday for the Munich Security Conference’s Energy Security Roundtable (ESR) and debated the prospects for a...
20 November 2014, by MSC
Today and tomorrow, Jon Huntsman, Jim Jones, Wolfgang Ischinger, US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and many other experts are debating pressing energy and geopolitical issues.
10 November 2014, by MSC / Paul Taylor, Reuters
"Even as tension in Ukraine mounts anew, veteran diplomats are starting to think quietly about a way out of the worst East-West crisis since the end of the Cold War."
24 October 2014, by MSC
For the third Cyber Security Summit, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) and Deutsche Telekom will bring together representatives of the Federal Government, EU, NATO, the U.S. Government, and international leading companies. The...
23 October 2014, by Wolfgang Ischinger
"It should be clear that the Ukraine conflict and its consequences reverberate far beyond Europe’s borders - and that therefore India and others in Asia need to pay close attention," writes Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger in his...
23 October 2014, by MSC
The international system’s marked inability to deal with the crises of the day was at the heart of the discussions at the 6th Munich Security Conference Core Group Meeting - our report from Delhi.
23 October 2014, by MSC
On October 21/22, 2014, the MSC held its 6th MSC Core Group Meeting, this time in New Delhi in cooperation with the Observer Research Foundation (ORF). The conference in New Delhi focused on security architecture in Europe and...
21 October 2014, by MSC / Economic Times
"India's National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, in his first public interaction, called Tuesday for a collective global convergence on terrorism."
21 October 2014, by MSC/Reuters
"The Islamic State and al Qaeda do not yet pose a threat to India, the national security adviser said on Tuesday, despite attempts by the ultra-radical groups to enlist support from among India's huge Muslim population."
21 October 2014, by MSC
During his opening keynote at the 6th Munich Security Conference Core Group Meeting in New Delhi today, India's National Security Advisor Ajit Kumar Doval stressed the importance of the unity of democratic states in dealing with...
17 October 2014, by MSC
On October 21 and 22, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) will host its next Core Group Meeting in New Delhi in partnership with the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), New Delhi. The meeting is co-hosted by the Chairman of the...
13 October 2014, by MSC
On October 21 and 22, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) will host its next Core Group Meeting in New Delhi in partnership with the Indian Observer Research Foundation.
09 October 2014, by Wolfgang Ischinger / Europe's World
"We have entered into an era in which Europe’s agenda and strategy must focus on 'out of area' developments as much as on strengthening the EU from within," Wolfgang Ischinger writes in a contribution to "Europe's World".
02 October 2014, by MSC
In the run-up to its 51st edition in 2015, the Munich Security Conference is announcing the third round of the Munich Security Conference Junior Ambassadors program. Through an essay contest, we want to give three dedicated...
09 September 2014, by MSC / Russia in Global Affairs
In an interview with "Russia in Global Affairs" Wolfgang Ischinger assess the impact of the Ukraine crisis on German-Russian relations.
04 September 2014, by Wolfgang Ischinger
The assumption - held for a long time by many in Western Europe - that the members of NATO and EU no longer face any threats to their territorial integrity has been proven wrong. What to do now that Russia is no longer our...
28 August 2014, by Wolfgang Ischinger
"In the last couple of years, our focus was on political instability and religious extremism. It is now time to redirect it to the socio-economic underpinnings of successful political change", Wolfgang Ischinger writes in his...
07 August 2014, by MSC / Malcolm Rifkind und Igor Ivanov, New York Times
"We now believe three further sets of measures are necessary, apart from some sort of accommodation in Ukraine itself": "Ensure restraint. … improve military to military cooperation … keep alive some direct dialogue between...
29 July 2014, by MSC
"Europe’s citizens expect to see the appointment of […] a 'strong and experienced player' to coordinate EU policy and review its global strategy," writes a group of prominent Europeans in the "Guardian" concerning the selection...
Open letter from the "EEPG on the Middle-East Peace Process" to the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
17 July 2014, by MSC / EEPG
In an open letter to Catherine Ashton, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, The "European Eminent Persons Group (EEPG) on the Middle-East Peace Process" calls upon the EU to take responsibility and...
11 July 2014, by MSC / Carl Bildt
In a recent speech, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt analyzed key principles of European security: "I'm not saying that we are once again sleepwalking into disaster. But I think the lesson of those days in 1914 should make us...
01 July 2014, by MSC / Wilson Center
In mid-June, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Wolfgang Ischinger, and Steven Pifer debate the Ukraine crisis and 50 years of Munich Security Conference at the Wilson Center. The transcript of the discussion is now available.
24 June 2014, by MSC / Igor Ivanov, Wolfgang Ischinger
The "Atlantic Council" documents a written "dialogue" between the former Russian Foreign Minister and the chairman of the Munich Security Conference.
30 June 2014, by MSC / Wolfgang Ischinger, Steven Pifer, and Andrei Zagorski, ELN
"Arms control frameworks […] put in place mechanisms for maintaining dialogue […] and sometimes generated momentum that led to a more positive overall relationship. Why should it be less possible these days?"
18 June 2014, by MSC / Christoph Strack, Deutsche Welle
"His plea for a more active role for Germany [...] at the Munich Security Conference was given much attention. But with this interview six months on, Gauck seems to suggest that the debate he desired at the time never ensued."
17 June 2014, by MSC / C-SPAN
Yesterday, at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., Zbigniew Brzezinski and Wolfgang Ischinger spoke about the Ukraine crisis and the MSC's 50 year anniversary book - C-SPAN offers the video of the event on their website.
13 June 2014, by MSC / Wilson Center
On Monday, June 16, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Jane Harman, Steven Pifer, and Wolfgang Ischinger will come together at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., to discuss the implications of the Ukraine crisis for European...
31 May 2014, by MSC / Judy Dempsey
"There’s nothing like a crisis to concentrate the minds. This is exactly what happened during this year’s Energy Security Summit in Berlin, held by the Munich Security Conference and the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung."
Wall Street Journal on the ESS: "Ukraine Prime Minister Vows Not to Pay 'Political' Price of Russian Gas"
29 May 2014, by MSC / Wall Street Journal
"We need to find new deal, a new gas deal which has to be market-based," Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said in Berlin Wednesday. "We don't ask for any concessions, but we will never pay the high political price of $500...
29 May 2014, by MSC
In our storify on the ESS 2014, we give an impression of the key moments, quotes, and debates of the conference, including a Q&A with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
27 May 2014, by Wolfgang Ischinger
"[W]hile there is reason for some guarded optimism after the election, extremely difficult work lies ahead," Wolfgang Ischinger, who co-moderated the "round tables" in Ukraine at the request of the OSCE, writes in his column...
26 May 2014, by MSC
Frankfurter Allgemeine Forum and the Munich Security Conference anticipate high-ranking guests at "Energy Security Summit 2014" in Berlin (27/28 May).
"Now begins the real task of creating a stable Ukraine" - Wolfgang Ischinger in der "Financial Times"
26 May 2014, by MSC / Wolfgang Ischinger
"Ukraine cannot and should not have to sit at the table with Russia alone, and [...] a contact group is the best mean available to include Russia in this process," Wolfgang Ischinger writes in an op-ed published today.
24 May 2014, by MSC / CNN
Speaking to CNN's Christiane Amanpour, Wolfgang Ischinger looks ahead at the Ukrainian Presidential elections: "I expect elections in Ukraine to be largely okay in the overwhelming number of districts."
20 May 2014, by MSC / Körber-Stiftung
During this year's Munich Security Conference, key German decision-makers argued for a more active German foreign policy. Are Germans ready to assume more responsibility? A new representative poll offers new insight.
13 May 2014, by MSC
In his exchange with the Foreign Ministers of the EU Member States during Monday’s Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union, OSCE Chairman and Swiss President Didier Burkhalter presented a de-escalation roadmap.
13 May 2014, by MSC
Shale revolution in the U.S. and crisis in Ukraine – a turning-point for European energy policy? The second Energy Security Summit will take place on May 27-28, 2014 in Berlin and will feature high-ranking speakers from politics...
06 May 2014, by Wolfgang Ischinger
As keynote speaker at the Ahtisaari Symposium at the Woodrow Wilson Center, the chairman of the Munich Security Conference emphasized the necessity to review and comprehensively reaffirm the principles of the European peace order...
02 May 2014, by MSC / Deutsche Welle
The first transatlantic priority was to "agree on a common Ukraine strategy" so that "we succeed in transforming a dysfunctional state into a functional state," the chairman of the Munich Security Conference said.
01 May 2014, by MSC / European Leadership Network
A statement of the "European Leadership Network", a group of former and emerging European political, military, and diplomatic leaders, outlines a number of key measures to strengthen the NPT.
30 April 2014, by MSC
On 29 and 30 April, European and American decision-makers debated the future of European security in Washington, D.C. Videos and summaries of the debates are now available.
Monthly Mind April 2014 - "France and Germany must rebuild their relationship, for the good of Europe"
23 April 2014, by Gérard Errera and Wolfgang Ischinger
The Franco-German relationship is in urgent need of new impulses, Gérard Errera and Wolfgang Ischinger write. "The risk is that instead of rapprochement, mutual tensions will increase, and the pair will drift even further apart....
14 April 2014, by MSC
"The Snowden-NSA scandal, which precipitated a deep crisis of trust among trans-Atlantic partners, has almost completely disappeared from the front pages, practically overnight. US and EU leaders are now talking to each other as...
SIPRI Report "Trends in World Military Expenditure 2013": Global Military Expenditure fell by 1.3 per cent
14 April 2014, by MSC
The research institute SIPRI today published their annual report on global military expenditure. While a number of states increased their spending significantly, total global expenditures fell compared to 2013.
14 March 2014, by MSC
Des Browne, Wolfgang Ischinger, Igor S. Ivanov, Sam Nunn and Adam Daniel Rotfeld: "Dividing Ukraine would mean dividing Europe again. The crisis should be a call to lay the foundation for a new comprehensive Euro-Atlantic...
Monthly Mind March 2014 - On the Brink of a Major Breakthrough? The German Ministry of Defense on the Path to a More European Military Procurement Policy
17 March 2014, by Wolfgang Ischinger
The German Defense Minister, Ursula von der Leyen, has identified armaments policy as a key problem area, and has drawn various conclusions. The Ministry's armaments policy as a whole is being reviewed. There is talk throughout...
27 February 2014, by Wolfgang Ischinger
At an event of the "Ost-Ausschuss der Deutschen Wirtschaft" (German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations) in Berlin, Wolfgang Ischinger addressed the current state of German and European relations with Russia. "I am...
24 February 2014, by Deutsche Welle
In an interview with "Deutsche Welle," President Joachim Gauck expands on his much-discussed address at the Munich Security Conference in late January, where he called for Germany to take on more international responsibility.
19 February 2014, by Wolfgang Ischinger
In the wake of the euro crisis and the NSA spying scandal, many have questioned Britain's future role in Europe. Wolfgang Ischinger argues in a book excerpt that London has a strong and indispensible role to play in European...
19 February 2014, by The Atlantic Times
The "Atlantic Times" has assembled a number of noteworthy passages from speeches held at the 50th MSC, including on Germany’s international responsibilities, the crisis in the Ukraine, and the transatlantic partnership.
04 February 2014, by Dmitri Trenin / Carnegie Moscow Center
"The world's security summit is over. ... Munich has become the place for open dialogue and discreet exchanges on security issues around the world."
04 February 2014, by Karl Vick / Time Magazine
"In an apparent warming of relations, Israel's Defense Minister sat and listened to Iran's Foreign Minister during a conference in Germany over the weekend."
03 February 2014, by Philip Oltermann / The Guardian
"Dutch politician tweets image of Norwegian, Swedish and German counterparts from Munich summit, saying 'things are changing.'"
03 February 2014, by Steven Erlanger / The New York Times
"[In] another sign of serious efforts to solve the crisis around Iran’s nuclear program [the] two met on the margins of the [MSC], and Mr. Zarif later said on a public panel that Iran 'will go to those negotiations with the...
03 February 2014, by Nicolas Barotte / Le Figaro
"Pour fêter son 50e anniversaire, la Conférence sur la sécurité, qui réunit chaque année depuis 1963 les grands noms de la diplomatie, avait convoqué d'illustres vétérans, samedi à Munich, pour tirer du passé des leçons pour le...
03 February 2014, by Judy Dempsey / Carnegie Europe
"It was an incredible sight [at the MSC]. Ashton, unusually relaxed, conducted a fascinating conversation with Dačić and Thaçi over how and why they decided to end a centuries-old dispute and normalize relations."
03 February 2014, by James Davis
"The who's who of the world's foreign policy and security community met this weekend at the 50th Munich Security Conference."
02 February 2014, by Alison Smale / The New York Times
"MUNICH - German leaders are pushing a vigorous new case that it is time for their nation to find a more muscular voice in foreign affairs ..."
02 February 2014, by Alexander Hamann, Christoph Schwarz, Daniel Furth
On the last conference day, the panelists discussed the relations between Serbia and Kosovo, the responsibility for the Syrian tragedy, and the Iranian nuclear program. For the first time ever, official representatives from the...
02 February 2014, by Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast
"The struggle for the future of Ukraine played out on the world stage Saturday when the Ukrainian Foreign Minister and opposition leader Vitali Klitschko battled during a heated session at the Munich Security Conference."
02 February 2014, by Alexander Hamann
Can intelligence agencies work efficiently without relying on data gathered on the internet? How can we ensure a balance between privacy and security? These were the issues addressed during Saturday’s final panel discussion. The...
02 February 2014, by Steven Erlanger and Thom Shanker / The New York Times
"[Kerry and Hagel] presented an emotional defense of the Obama administration’s engagement in international crises in the face of widespread European and Middle Eastern criticism that the United States was retreating ... "
02 February 2014, by Daniel Furth
Late Saturday afternoon, the eagerly awaited meeting of Vitali Klychko and the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Leonid Kozhara, took place in Munich. Klychko seized the opportunity for a PR coup.
02 February 2014, by MSC
This year, the MSC’s Ewald-von-Kleist-Award goes to Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt (SPD) and former French President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing in recognition of their significant efforts in promoting European security and...
01 February 2014, by BBC
"European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said the 'future of Ukraine belongs with the EU' while US Secretary of State John Kerry said the US backed Ukraine's 'fight for democracy.' Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov...
01 February 2014, by Deutsche Welle
"Ukraine politician Viktor Klitschko reiterated key demands of the opposition in Munich on Saturday, while also criticizing Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych's decision to abandon an association agreement with the EU for a...
01 February 2014, by Craig Whitlock / Washington Post
"In an unusual joint appearance overseas, Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told European allies Saturday that Washington would depend more heavily on them to tackle a litany of political and...
01 February 2014, by Daniel Furth and Alexander Hamann
At the start of the second day of the conference, Germany’s Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, used his opening address to call on Germany to make a more specific and substantial contribution to...
01 February 2014, by von Alexander Hamann, Christoph Schwarz und Daniel Furth
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy kicked off the second day of the 50th Munich Security Conference. Steinmeier picked up the notion...
01 February 2014, by Judy Dempsey / Carnegie Europe
"If Gauck really wants to push Germany into recognizing its responsibilities, he will need help from the country’s foreign and defense ministers."
01 February 2014, by Christoph Schwarz, Alexander Hamann und Daniel Furth
A sad déjà-vu marked the end of Day One of the 50th Munich Security Conference (MSC). The discussion panel late in the evening proved to be a reflection of the hardened positions in Syria's civil war.
01 February 2014, by Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast
"The first round of Geneva 2 talks [...] ultimately failed to make any progress at all, U.N. special representative Lakhdar Brahimi said Friday [addressing the MSC] in a late-night session devoted to the three-year-long Syria...
01 February 2014, by Alexander Hamann
On Friday afternoon, the Munich Security Conference addressed freedom and security of the Internet, synergies in the area of European defense and the future of the most fragile region of the world.
31 January 2014, by MSC
As Federal President Gauck before her, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen argues that Germany should step up its international engagement, putting her focus on the African continent.
31 January 2014, by Deutsche Welle
"In his speech to open the 50th MSC, President Gauck called on Germany to shake off its sense of guilt stemming from World War II and to take more responsibility in shaping international affairs." (Deutsche Welle)
01 February 2014, by Daniel Furth, Alexander Hamann and Christoph Schwarz
For Helmut Schmidt, the Munich Security Conference remains a significant place of international exchange. In the interview conducted by Theo Sommer, Schmidt also reminds the conference that i has to deal with the consequences of...
31 January 2014, by MSC
Munich again takes center stage of world politics. More than 400 high-ranking decision-makers attend the 50th Munich Security conference. Syria, Ukraine and the transatlantic relations are in the focus of attention. And a...
30 January 2014, by MSC
For the interested public, the Munich Security Conference will be offering information on and from the conference in a number of different ways and formats.
31 January 2014, by MSC
The English-language paper, which is independent and international in its outlook, examines central questions of foreign, economic and security policy.
29 January 2014, by MSC
From January 31 to February 2, 2014, the Bavarian capital will again be in the focus of international politics. Over 400 renowned decision-makers in international politics, including about twenty heads of state and government and...
30 January 2014, by Josef Joffe
This week, we publish a few selected essays from the book "Towards Mutual Security - Fifty Years of Munich Security Conference" exclusively on this site. In his contribution, Josef Joffe, editor of Die Zeit and Fellow of the...
29 January 2014, by Jackson Janes and Parke Nicholson
In the run-up to the 50th Munich Security Conference, Jackson Janes and Parke Nicholson (AICGS) sketch out the most critical issues on the bilateral agenda for Berlin and Washington.
29 January 2014, by Strobe Talbott
This week, we publish a few selected essays from the book "Towards Mutual Security - Fifty Years of Munich Security Conference" exclusively on this site. In the second essay, Strobe Talbott, President of the Brookings Institution...
28 January 2014, by William S. Cohen
Beginning today, we offer a few essays from the book "Towards Mutual Security - Fifty Years of Munich Security Conference" exclusively on this site. The first is a piece by William S. Cohen, the former US Defense Secretary and...
28 January 2014, by MSC
Be a part of history by joining us for "#MSC50 Unplugged: Gearing Up for the Transatlantic Renaissance!" Featuring a panel moderated by University of Regensburg Professor Stephan Bierling (voted "Professor des...
28 January 2014, by Leyla Mutiu
"At the 60th Munich Security Conference in 2024, what will be the most important security challenge on the agenda, and why?", we asked the applicants for our 2014 "MSC Junior Ambassadors" program. In the third essay published,...
27 January 2014, by MSC
In the New York Times, Clemens Wergin analyzes what the West should discuss in Munich: "[W]ith the euro crisis seemingly contained, it might be the right time for the United States to change script [and] to challenge the...
23 January 2014, by Eirik K. Sørensen
"At the 60th Munich Security Conference in 2024, what will be the most important security challenge on the agenda, and why?", we asked the applicants for our 2014 "MSC Junior Ambassadors" program. In the second essay published,...
23 January 2014, by MSC
The Berlin "kick-off" featured the presentation of the MSC anniversary book "Towards Mutual Security" as well as a debate on the NSA disclosures, the crisis in Ukraine, and NATO-Russia relations.
22 January 2014, by Hannes Jöbstl
"At the 60th Munich Security Conference in 2024, what will be the most important security challenge on the agenda, and why?", we asked the applicants for our 2014 "MSC Junior Ambassadors" program. In the first essay published,...
15 January 2014, by MSC
On the occasion of the 50th Munich Security Conference in 2014, the Munich Security Conference Foundation is publishing the volume "Towards Mutual Security – 50 Years of Munich Security Conference." In the book, numerous...
02 January 2014, by MSC
The "Brookings Institution" is accepting applications for a new Senior Fellow position. (S)he "will explore a broad range of issues shaping Germany and the critical role it plays in Europe’s economic, political, and security...
02 January 2014, by Marina Komad
In a guest piece for securityconference.de, journalist Marina Komad analyzes the most recent developments in Kosovo.
17 December 2013, by MSC
In the wake of the crisis in Ukraine, 70 senior European politicians, military figures and diplomats call for a new security dialogue in the Euro-Atlantic area that "must be politically mandated from the highest level."
11 December 2013, by Tobias Bunde
In an essay for the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS), Tobias Bunde discusses the international criticism of Germany's role in NATO and the prospects for a reinvigorated German NATO policy.
11 December 2013, by MSC
In a new study, the "European Added Value" Unit within the Secretariat of the European Parliament has analyzed the lack of integration in European security policy. The costs of non-Europe amount to at least € 26 billion/year, the...
24 November 2013, by MSC
After the conclusion of the Second Cyber Security Summit, the Munich Security Conference and Deutsche Telekom have published the following final communique, summarizing the debates and insights from the conference (PDF).
18 November 2013, by MSC
On 9 November, Herman van Rompuy, the president of the European Council, gave a remarkable speech at Pariser Platz in Berlin, which we document here.
13 November 2013, by MSC
In the run-up to its 50th edition in 2014, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) is announcing the second round of the Munich Security Conference Junior Ambassadors program.
08 November 2013, by MSC
High-ranking participants from politics, the business sector, and society will again come together to discuss the hazards in cyberspace on November 11, 2013. The summit will focus on the topics of intelligence and data security...
07 November 2013, by MSC
Four years after its first meeting in Washington D.C. and subsequent gatherings in Moscow, Beijing, and Doha, the Munich Security Conference Core Group convened again in the US capital.
06 November 2013, by MSC
The new issue of "The Security Times" has been published on the occasion of the 5th MSC Core Group Meeting in Washington D.C. and the 2nd Cyber Security Summit in Bonn. Numerous prominent contributors write about the NSA spying...
01 November 2013, by MSC
In an op-ed for the "New York Times", Wolfgang Ischinger analyzes the current transatlantic rift over NSA spying and points out a number of measures through which trust could be restored.
30 October 2013, by MSC
The Munich Security Conference (MSC) continues its successful series of “MSC Core Group Meeting” events and holds the fifth edition of the Core Group Meetings on November 5 and 6, 2013 in Washington D.C. Consequences of the...
"New Power - New Responsibility. Elements of a German foreign and security policy for a changing world"
17 October 2013, by MSC
A new paper by think tanks "Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik" and "The German Marshall Fund of the United States", funded by the Policy Planning Staff of the Federal Foreign Office, gives recommendations for the future of German...
10 October 2013, by MSC
A new report prepared by the "Centre for European Reform" looks at a number of European institutions and policies, including the EU's external policies, and proposes reforms for each of them. (external link)
04 October 2013, by MSC
"I do not like the idea that Germany plays itself up to impose its will on others. Yet neither do I like the idea that Germany plays itself down to eschew risks or solidarity."
04 October 2013, by MSC
The initiative for the further construction of European unification, in foreign and security policy too, must come precisely from Berlin, said Wolfgang Ischinger on September 26, 2013 in Berlin in the "Hauptstadtrede"...
26 September 2013, by MSC
In an interview with the broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bayern 2 Radiowelt) yesterday, the chairman of the Munich Security Conference (MSC), Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, welcomed the new tone in the dispute concerning Iran’s...
17 September 2013, by MSC
A group of European dignitaries has sent a letter to EU Foreign Ministers concerning the debate about new European Commission guidelines on the funding of Israeli businesses and institutions in the occupied territories.
Press release: 50th Munich Security Conference to take place from January 31 to February 2, 2014/Accreditation for media representatives/Events in fall of 2013
13 September 2013, by MSC
The date for the 50th Munich Security Conference (MSC) is set. The next conference, which again will be a gathering of high-ranking decision-makers in foreign and security policy and from the business sector as well as civil...
09 August 2013, by MSC
During "The Future of European Defence" project, McKinsey & Company has prepared a new report on European defence policy, analyzing savings potentials in 'pooling' and 'sharing' as well as possible improvements in...
Is our energy supply still safe? The Frankfurter Allgemeine Forum and the MSC hosted their first joint conference on the subject of energy security
13 July 2013, by Tobias Bunde and Oliver Rolofs
The international conference "Energy Security: How to Feed and Secure the Global Demand" took place on 10 July in the Palmengarten Casino in Frankfurt, hosted by both the Frankfurter Allgemeine Forum and the Munich...
09 July 2013, by Wolfgang Ischinger and Friedbert Pflüger
There is little that is better suited to highlighting the significance of the shale revolution in North America than Qatar's decision, as the world's leading exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG), to move into north American...
05 July 2013, by MSC
On 10 July 2013, international political, business and social representatives will gather in Frankfurt am Main at the invitation of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) and the F.A.Z. Forum, and under the aegis of Germany's...
"The EU is applying relentless pressure" - Lady Ashton on the EU's role in the Middle East peace process
27 June 2013, by MSC
Recently, a "European Eminent Persons Group" called on the EU to show more commitment in solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs answers: the EU is playing "a very active role."
"The 2013 Henry A. Kissinger Prize: Celebrating the extraordinary life of Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist"
11 June 2013, by MSC
Yesterday, the American Academy in Berlin held the seventh annual Henry A. Kissinger Prize in posthumous celebration of the life of Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist, founder of the Munich Security Conference.
03 June 2013, by Wolfgang Ischinger
After two years of Western passivity and Russian and Chinese blockade in the UN Security Council, the firestorm European politicians like to incessantly warn of has now materialized: Close to 100,000 deaths, a collapsing state...
29 May 2013, by MSC
In an interview with "Balkan Insight" Wolfgang Ischinger spoke about the importance of the agreement between Kosovo and Serbia, the future evolution of their relationship, and the European prospect for the region.
"Prime Minister Calls for Action on Syria" - The "Gulf Times" reports from the MSC Core Group Meeting
23 May 2013, by MSC
"If we do not act to prevent the ongoing escalation of conflict, the whole region risks being pulled into protracted instability", Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al-Thani warned.
Fruitful discussions on the wider Middle East: The Munich Security Conference (MSC) Core Group meets in Doha
22 May 2013, by MSC
After gathering in Washington, DC (2009), Moscow (2010), and Beijing (2011), the MSC Core Group held its 4th meeting in Doha, Qatar, on 22 May 2013. Hosted by the chairman of the MSC, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, and under the...
20 May 2013, by MSC
The Munich Security Conference (MSC) continues its successful MSC Core Group Meeting series with a new regional focus on the Middle East and Gulf Region. On 21 and 22 May, the Munich Security Conference will meet in Doha, Qatar...
20 May 2013, by MSC
In his speech at the Doha Forum 2013, the chairman of the MSC, Ambassador Ischinger called for the establishment of a contact group on Syria - as used in the Balkans in the 1990s and a clearer willingness within the EU to play a...
15 May 2013, by MSC
The Munich Security Conference (MSC) continues its successful MSC Core Group Meeting series in 2013 with a new regional focus on the Arabian Gulf; on 21 and 22 May, for the first time, the Munich Security Conference will meet in...
03 May 2013, by MSC
On 25 and 26 April, the Munich Security Conference, together with the consulting firm McKinsey & Company, held the first debut Future of European Defence Summit in Berlin under the patronage of Javier Solana. More than 100...
26 April 2013, by Thomas Enders and Wolfgang Ischinger
In the years since the finance and debt crisis began, we in Europe have talked a great deal about our integration as a financial and currency zone. As committed Europeans, we support these efforts. At the same time, the...
25 April 2013, by MSC
On April 25 and 26, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) will host the first “Future of European Defence Summit” under the aegis of Javier Solana, formerly General Secretary of NATO and EU High Representative for Foreign and...
24 April 2013, by MSC
On the occasion of the agreement concluded in Brussels between Serbia and Kosovo, regarding measures for the long-term normalization of relations between the two states, the chairman of the Munich Security Conference and former...
"Building Mutual Security in the Euro-Atlantic Region: Report Prepared for Presidents, Prime Ministers, Parliamentarians, and Publics"
04 April 2013, by MSC
In a new report entitled "Building Mutual Security in the Euro-Atlantic Region", a high-ranking international Track II dialogue co-chaired by Des Browne, Wolfgang Ischinger, Igor Ivanov, and Sam Nunn and including...
13 March 2013, by MSC
With the death of Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist we have lost a truly remarkable German patriot. Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist was born in Gut Schmenzin in Pomerania on July 10, 1922. As a young lieutenant of the Wehrmacht, Ewald von...
08 March 2013, by Wolfgang Ischinger
The integration of security policy continues to be one of Europe's key future challenges.
06 February 2013, by Hanns Koenig
Lackeys and wrong-way drivers: The debate on Iran was a highlight of the MSC, our Junior Ambassador Hanns Koenig writes - and not always diplomatic.
07 February 2013, by Ernst Hebeker
The 49th Munich Security Conference (msc) in the Bavarian capital ended with a surprise. The foreign minister of Iran, Ali Akhbar Salehi, announced that he would seriously consider the USA’s offer to enter into talks on Iran’s...
03 February 2013, by MSC
"MUNICH — The leader of the Syrian opposition council, Sheik Ahmad Moaz al-Khatib, met here on Saturday with representatives of the United States and Russia."
03 February 2013, by Jonathan Hillman
Jonathan Hillman, one of the MSC Junior Ambassadors 2013, shares some of his impressions from the conference, including his favorite quotes.
03 February 2013, by Daniel Furth
In the scope of a grandiose gala dinner, the Munich Security Conference honored Brent Scowcroft with the Ewald-Kleist Award. Scowcroft had a determining influence on the German reunification.
03 February 2013, by Christoph Schwarz
At the Munich Security Conference, Republican Senator John McCain blasts U.S. President Barack Obama for lack of leadership on Syria.
25 February 2013, by Angelika Schweiger und Daniel Furth
The delegates of the panel on "The Rising Powers and Global Governance" mostly agreed on how to change the structures of international politics–with one exception.
02 February 2013, by Lorenz Hemicker, Angelika Schweiger und Christoph Schwarz
With pathos for Europe, with realism towards Russia. America’s Vice President Joe Biden presented in Munich a description of the position of the US foreign policy. This time he did not proclaim a new start.
02 February 2013, by MSC
“We do believe in the power of the world and we would like to overthrow the regime by peaceful means,” al-Khatib said. But “as a gesture of goodwill we say, just to ease the pain of the Syrian people... we are ready to sit at the...
02 February 2013, by Katarina Hanusova und Christoph Schwarz
The situation in Syria is dramatic, with no end to the violence in sight. Despite a basic consensus on the need to act, there is a lack of ground-breaking decisions to be followed up by actions.
01 February 2013, by MSC
"Now he's going back at the start of the second [term]... to take stock of what we've accomplished over the past four years and to look at the agenda going forward," said Tony Blinken, Biden's outgoing national security advisor."
02 February 2013, by Angelika Schweiger
Bad news for European competition. The revolution in unconventional energy production is generating a significant economic upturn for competitor USA.
02 February 2013, by Christine Hegenbart
As in previous years, the City of Munich hosted a reception for the participants of the Security Conference. Christine Strobl, Deputy Mayor of the Bavarian state capital, welcomed many national and international guests to the...
01 February 2013, by MSC
"Every year, the same nagging question is raised, sometimes loudly, sometimes more discreetly at the Munich Security Conference (MSC). What can be done to strengthen or even rebuild the transatlantic relationship?"
02 February 2013, by Tatjana Vogt
Once again, the Euro crisis and worries about Europe’s future have made it on the agenda of the Munich Security Conference. Hosted by former World Bank President Robert Zoellick, the first panel of the day saw some cautious...
01 February 2013, by Katarina Hanusova
Social media serve as a catalyst for political participation
01 February 2013, by Daniel Furth
Two civil wars raging in Mali and Syria, and a look at where U.S. foreign policy is headed: The 49th Munich Security Conference in the focus of the world’s attention.
01 February 2013, by Tatjana Vogt
On the eve of the 49th Munich Security Conference Wolfgang Ischinger welcomed this year’s Munich Young Leaders in the Bavarian metropolis. During the welcome dinner, the host encouraged these 25 selected leaders of tomorrow to...
01 February 2013, by MSC
A very interesting new issue of "The Security Times" is now available for download - including pieces by Sanger, Perthes, Hayden, Ischinger, Trenin, Slaughter, Kaspersky and many more.
01 February 2013, by MSC
From 1 to 3 February 2013, the Munich Security Conference will be offering information on the event for the public in a number of different ways.
01 February 2013, by MSC
Two blogs worth reading from the Munich Security Conference: the comments and analyses by our "Munich Young Leaders" and the "Strategic Europe" blog by Carnegie Europe.
31 January 2013, by MSC
People who would normally avoid each other find themselves striking up conversations - A Deutsche Welle piece on the character of the Munich Security Conference.
24 January 2013, by MSC
Vice President Joe Biden's visit at the Munich Security Conference is a "meaningful political signal," Conference Chairman Wolfgang Ischinger said at a press conference previewing the next MSC...
23 January 2013, by Melina Meneguin-Layerenza
In the third essay of our Junior Ambassadors Melina Meneguin-Layerenza makes the case for treating transnational organized crime as a serious threat to international security.
25 February 2013, by Tobias Bunde
Wolfgang Ischinger discussed the key topics of the forthcoming Munich Security Conference with high-ranking German and international guests on 21 January 2013 at the Bavarian Representation in Berlin. The focus was on the...
21 January 2013, by Hanns Koenig
In the second essay by our Junior Ambassadors, Hanns Koenig argues that the international community should be more aware of water security as a key issue in security policy. After all, he writes, "a lack of access to clean and...
18 January 2013, by MSC
US Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Germany to participate in the 49th Munich Security Conference (February 1st to 3rd), the White House confirmed this morning in Washington, DC. It is the second time Biden takes part in...
18 January 2013, by Jonathan Hillman
In the first essay by our Junior Ambassadors, Jonathan Hillman argues that key international institutions are in urgent need of change. "Above all, the international community must reexamine the mechanisms it uses to address...
17 January 2013, by MSC
For the fifth time, young foreign and security policy experts from almost 20 nations, the Munich Young Leaders, will come together during the Munich Security Conference. The Munich Young Leaders, which include young...
16 January 2013, by MSC
This year, the Munich Security Conference will not only welcome politicians, experts, military leaders, NGO representatives, and CEOs, but, for the first time, three Junior Ambassadors: Jonathan Hillman, Hanns Koenig, and Melina...
14 January 2013, by MSC
In early February, the world will again look towards Munich. In an interview with the news agency dpa, Chairman Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger gave a first preview of topics and participants of the 49th Munich Security...
11 January 2013, by MSC
In three weeks, on February 1st, the 49th Munich Security Conference will begin at Hotel Bayerischer Hof. Once again, many of the key international decision-makers in foreign and security policy will come to Munich. Over the...
13 November 2012, by MSC
In the run-up to its 2013 edition, the Munich Security Conference is inaugurating the "Munich Security Conference Junior Ambassadors" program. By means of an essay contest, we want to give three dedicated students or...
25 October 2012, by MSC
In a piece for "Project Syndicate", MSC Kleist Award recipient Javier Solana assesses Europe's global role: "[E]ither we Europeans act in unity to confront the tremendous challenges presented by the tumultuous changes now...
24 October 2012, by MSC
Yesterday the Körber Foundation, which together with the MSC organizes the "Munich Young Leaders" roundtable, convened the second "Berlin Foreign Policy Forum", including speeches by and debates with Guido...
17 October 2012, by Judy Dempsey
What hopes now for European Defense? The collapse of merger plans between BAE Systems, the British defense manufacturer that has strong commercial links to the U.S., and EADS, the French-German-Spanish consortium that owns...
18 September 2012, by MSC
Im Rahmen des Cyber Security Summit 2012 von Deutscher Telekom und Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz stellte Renate Köcher vom Institut für Demoskopie Allensbach vergangene Woche in Bonn den "Cyber Security Report...
14 September 2012, by Judy Dempsey
It is rare for NATO to agree over nuclear weapons and disarmament. These two issues have long created tensions in the transatlantic relationship. NATO has dealt with these divisions by either papering over them or postponing...
12 September 2012, by MSC
A new edition of the Berlin-based newspaper The Security Times has appeared today, including a Cyber Security Special featuring articles by New York Times reporter David Sanger, German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich and...
"Freedom, sovereignty and responsibility are inextricably linked" - speech given by Wolfgang Ischinger in Pristina on the occasion of the end of supervised independence
11 September 2012, by MSC
In the course of a festive ceremony on the occasion of the end of supervised independence of Kosovo, Wolfgang Ischinger spoke in Pristina yesterday. Ambassador Ischinger, the Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, used to...
11 September 2012, by MSC
In a new Policy Brief for the European Leadership Network (ELN), the former UK Secretary of State for Defence Des Browne and ELN Chief Executive Ian Kearns discuss NATO's nuclear policies and the state of NATO-Russia relations...
31 August 2012, by MSC
In einem Gastbeitrag für das Handelsblatt plädiert Wolfgang Ischinger dafür, "dass der Bundestag sich künftig das Recht nehmen sollte, bei Rüstungsexportentscheidungen von strategischer Bedeutung [...] ein Wörtchen mitzureden."
20 August 2012, by MSC
In a noteworthy speech, Robert Zoellick, who participated in two panel discussions at the 2012 MSC, explores the connection between economics and security over the course of the history of U.S. foreign policy.
15 August 2012, by MSC
Former Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, who at the MSC 2012 debated on the panel on "America, Europe, and the rise of Asia", recently gave a speech at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs discussing the...