21 June 2016, by François Heisbourg
What would Brexit mean for European security? "Brexit would unleash a trifecta of political forces – souverainisme, federalism and separatism – which separately or in combination would have far-reaching consequences for Britain’s...
07 June 2016, by MSC
During his visit to Berlin, President Ilham Aliyev also met with MSC Chairman Wolfgang Ischinger to discuss topics such as the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
07 June 2016, by MSC / ELN
"A transformation of Russia's policy, not accommodation with Moscow, should be the EU's goal." This is one of the main findings of a recent survey conducted among the members of the ELN, including MSC Chairman Ischinger.
03 June 2016, by MSC
On 3 June, the MSC hosted a luncheon in Singapore on regional security cooperation in the Asia-Pacific. The first MSC event in the city-state took place in the run-up to the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2016.
30 May 2016, by MSC / POLITICO
On the sidelines of the Dahrendorf Forum, Wolfgang Ischinger and Sir Robert Cooper discuss Europe's role in the world in a conversation with POLITICO: "We are half a billion people but we haven’t yet learned to behave like it".
MSC Chairman Wolfgang Ischinger commends decision by Macedonian President to rescind amnesty measures
28 May 2016, by MSC
The Chairman of the Munich Security Conference (MSC), Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, commends the decision by Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov to step back from his decision to pardon various Macedonian politicians: "This is an...
25 May 2016, by ELN
In its fourth paper, the ELN's "Task Force on Cooperation in Greater Europe" warns of the risks of a direct military confrontation between external states involved in the Syrian war in the absence of effective communication...
20 May 2016, by Tobias Bunde
What should be key elements of NATO's future strategy towards Russia? "To send a signal of unity and resolve, supported across the Alliance, [...] NATO needs both deterrence and dialogue," argues Tobias Bunde, Head of Policy and...
20 April 2016, by MSC / DW
In an interview with DW, Wolfgang Ischinger welcomes the resumption of talks at the NATO-Russia Council. "The first order of business must be the establishment of a much-needed, 24/7 military crisis prevention arrangement."
15 April 2016, by MSC
The joint fight against terror and extremism, crisis prevention and management in Northern and Eastern Africa, as well as the security risks posed by epidemics and climate change were among the central topics of the Munich...
14 April 2016, by Olusegun Obasanjo, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and Wolfgang Ischinger
"The list of places in Europe and Africa that have suffered from jihadist terrorism is rapidly growing [...]. The challenge for policymakers on both continents is to contain the rise of terrorism without eroding hard-won...
Strengthening the North-South Security Dialogue: MSC convenes first Core Group Meeting in Africa [updated]
14 April 2016, by MSC
On April 14 and 15, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) hosts its first event on the African continent as part of its MSC Core Group Meeting series. The joint fight against violent extremism, crisis prevention and management in...
13 April 2016, by MSC / DW
In an interview with DW on the occasion of the MSC Core Group Meeting in Addis Ababa on April 14 & 15, Ambassador Ischinger explains why the MSC is holding its first meeting on the African continent and what will be discussed.
31 March 2016, by MSC / NTI
On the occasion of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C., the Nuclear Threat Initiative calls on leaders to accelerate the effort to prevent catastrophic nuclear terrorism and for securing all nuclear materials. Add...
31 March 2016, by Jean-Marie Guéhenno
How can and should Europe, and the international community as a whole, respond to the terrorist attacks in Brussels and elsewhere?, asks Jean-Marie Guéhenno, President and CEO of the International Crisis Group, in our latest...
29 March 2016, by MSC / Nikolaus von Bomhard, FAZ
"[C]ompanies and countries alike need an unsparing and complete view of political, economic and natural risks," writes Nikolaus von Bomhard, CEO of Munich Re. "The assertion that certain crises could not have been predicted is...
02 March 2016, by MSC / War on the Rocks
A "War on the Rocks" podcast discusses the importance and impact of Vladimir Putin's and Dmitry Medvedev's Munich Security Conference speeches with MSC participants, among them John McCain.
24 February 2016, by MSC
What were the most important themes, news, and developments out of Munich? Have a look at a selection of media reports and analyses from our debates.
12 February 2016, by MSC
Download the agenda for the 52nd Munich Security Conference (as of 12 February) and the list of participants here.
11 February 2016, by Wolfgang Ischinger
"The international order may be in its worst shape since the end of the Cold War. Those trying to keep the peace are overwhelmed and often helpless in the face of seemingly endless crises and reckless spoilers. When world leaders...
11 February 2016, by MSC
As in previous years, the interested public may choose from a number of options to get a comprehensive impression of the 52nd MSC's proceedings and debates.
The Munich Security Conference's "Ewald von Kleist Award" honors successful Paris climate deal negotiators
10 February 2016, by MSC
In 2016, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Christiana Figueres, and the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Laurent Fabius, will receive the Munich Security Conference's "Ewald von...
Boundless Crises, Limited Capabilities – the Weakness of the International Order will be at the Heart of the Debates at the 52nd Munich Security Conference
09 February 2016, by MSC
From February 12 to 14, Munich will again host some of the most important decision-makers in the realm of international security policy: Around 600 leaders will gather for the 52nd Munich Security Conference (MSC), chaired by...
09 February 2016, by MSC / DW
"The war in Syria, the refugee crisis, cyber threats, jihadist terrorism - all these issues transcend borders, and we struggle with how to work together to deal with them effectively," says W. Ischinger in an Interview with DW.
08 February 2016, by MSC
The Munich Security Conference, the US Consulate General Munich and the Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations invite you to join a panel discussion on the eve of the conference opening (11 February, 4pm) at Hotel...
02 February 2016, by MSC
For the third year in a row, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) is the "Best Think Tank Conference" in the world, according to the University of Pennsylvania's latest "Global Go To Think Tank Index".
28 January 2016, by MSC
At the traditional MSC kick-off event in Berlin, the MSC released its new Munich Security Report. Kofi Annan, Peter Altmaier, and Wolfgang Schüssel debated Europe's response to the refugee crisis.
27 January 2016, by MSC / DW
"The Munich Security Report [...] presents a bleak strategic outlook for 2016. We could be witnessing the beginning of a more unstable international era," writes DW on the occasion of the 2016 Munich Security Report's release.
27 January 2016, by MSC
In the run-up to the 52nd edition of the Munich Security Conference (12 to 14 February 2016) the MSC is releasing its second Munich Security Report. Under the title "Boundless Crises, Reckless Spoilers, Helpless Guardians", the...
25 January 2016, by Wolfgang Ischinger
What can be done to restore security and cooperation in Europe? "We do not need new rules, but [...] we need to create a context where the existing rules can work," argues Wolfgang Ischinger, MSC Chairman and Chairperson of the...
19 January 2016, by MSC
The war in Syria, the refugee catastrophe and the crisis of the European security order are among the key topics on the agenda of the 52nd edition of the Munich Security Conference, which will take place under the chairmanship of...
18 January 2016, by MSC / IP
In an article for the "Berlin Policy Journal", W. Ischinger demands "a comprehensive European strategy – one that encompasses European financial and development resources, along with military cooperation" – for the war in Syria...
03 December 2015, by MSC
"We propose a return to diplomacy. We need a robust diplomatic process, which is designed to replace mutual recrimination with rebuilding trust. Without military activity, without propaganda, without rhetoric," said Ambassador...
19 November 2015, by MSC
On November 19, around thirty European leaders in the field of cybersecurity came together in Berlin for a Munich Security Conference Cyber Security Roundtable at the margins of the German IT summit.
18 November 2015, by Nathalie Tocci
A world that is increasingly connected, contested and complex - what does this strategic assessment, presented by High Representative Mogherini in June, mean for a new EU Global Strategy?, asks Nathalie Tocci in our latest...
26 October 2015, by Wolfgang Ischinger
"When we take stock of 25 years of German-Russian relations, we have to acknowledge that – unfortunately – our vision of a partnership of trust has failed," Wolfgang Ischinger writes in our latest Monthly Mind column and outlines...
26 October 2015, by MSC
A group of senior leaders, including the Foreign Ministers of Iran and Germany, came together at the Munich Security Conference Core Group Meeting in Tehran on October 17, 2015, to debate potential avenues to end the war in Syria...
17 October 2015, by MSC / DW
At the margins of the MSC Core Group Meeting in Tehran, Wolfgang Ischinger spoke with Deutsche Welle about prospects for wider cooperation with Iran.
14 October 2015, by MSC
On October 17, 2015, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) will gather in Tehran for the first time as part of its MSC Core Group Meeting series. Co-hosted with the Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS) and held...
12 October 2015, by MSC / Dahrendorf Forum
On October 8, Wolfgang Ischinger and other experts debated origins and ways out of the current crisis in European security as part of the Dahrendorf Forum.
07 October 2015, by Bruce W. McConnell, EWI
Bruce McConnell, Senior Vice President at EastWest Institute, provides insights into what the recent U.S.-China agreements reached during Xi's state visit to the U.S. mean for cyberspace.
02 October 2015, by MSC / OSCE
"The crisis in and around Ukraine has underscored the enduring relevance and the need to reaffirm, strengthen and safeguard the Helsinki principles," said OSCE Chairperson Ivica Dačić while addressing the Panel in Belgrade.
Monthly Mind September 2015: "Responses to the Refugee Crisis: Elements of a Foreign Policy Strategy"
24 September 2015, by Wolfgang Ischinger
"Which could be elements of a strategy which can help us better deal with the root causes of this major catastrophe in the Middle East?", Wolfgang Ischinger asks in our latest Monthly Mind column.
18 September 2015, by MSC / OSCE
On September 15, members of the Panel of Eminent Persons met in Brussels to discuss the crisis in and around Ukraine and the future of European security. The event was jointly organized by the OSCE, the Egmont Institute, the...
16 September 2015, by MSC
The several crises Europe is confronted with - from the conflict in and over Ukraine, the Greece/Euro crisis, to the dramatic development of the refugee crisis and the war in Syria - provided an urgent backdrop to the panel...
09 September 2015, by MSC
How can basic cyber norms be developed that democracies, authoritarian states and various non-state actors alike deem useful and necessary? Is an arms control framework for cyberspace plausible at all and, if so, what could it...
03 September 2015, by MSC / Hertie
With the beginning of the new academic year and the launch of the new degree program Master of International Affairs, Wolfgang Ischinger joins the Hertie School as Professor for Security Policy and Diplomatic Practice.
03 September 2015, by MSC
On September 15-16, 2015, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) organizes the second European Defence Summit in Brussels. More than 200 decision-makers from politics, the armed forces and the business community will gather in the...
14 September 2015, by Wolfgang Ischinger
"By putting its considerable influence in the service of a cohesive, strategically focused foreign and security policy, Germany would simultaneously achieve two key objectives: a stronger and more capable EU and a more European...
Monthly Mind August 2015: "Norms, Transparency, and User Control - Managing Risks for IT Products and Cloud Services"
31 August 2015, by Scott Charney, Microsoft
"The world needs a way to better manage these risks. The answer lies in cybersecurity norms, vendor transparency, and user control," argues Scott Charney of Microsoft in our latest Monthly Mind column on the occasion of the MSC's...
25 August 2015, by MSC / ECFR
In an ECFR debate, German foreign policy experts, including Wolfgang Ischinger, talk about German politician Egon Bahr, who passed away recently, and his legacy.
27 July 2015, by MSC / ELN
Over 70 European political, diplomatic, and military leadership figures have called the nuclear agreement a sound framework for ending the crisis and urge specific actions to implement the deal by the U.S. Congress, EU countries,...
29 June 2015, by Ivo Daalder / Malcolm Rifkind, Politico
"Unless Europe and the United States act swiftly, the situation in Ukraine is about to get worse," the former US NATO Ambassador and the former UK Defense Minister write - and outline elements of a Western strategy.
26 June 2015, by Wolfgang Ischinger
How can the West strengthen its defence capabilities and support Ukraine, while cooperating constructively with Russia?, asks Wolfgang Ischinger in his latest Monthly Mind column.
17 June 2015, by MSC
"Here, in Vienna, you are closer to the Ukrainian border than to the border to Liechtenstein and Switzerland," Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz reminded the participants of the MSC Core Group Meeting in Vienna in the...
17 June 2015, by MSC
A greater focus on conflict prevention, stronger leadership and a legal personality are some of the ways to make the OSCE work more effectively and more efficiently, said Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, chairman of the Munich...
16 June 2015, by MSC
Today and tomorrow, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) meets in Palais Liechtenstein in Vienna as part of its "MSC Core Group Meeting" series to debate critical issues of European security. Key topics will include the Ukraine...
16 June 2015, by Fiona Hill / Steven Pifer, New York Times
"Limiting the risks of miscalculation between NATO and Russian military units would seem to be a no-brainer. No one wants an accidental war", Fiona Hill and Steven Pifer of the Brookings Institution write.
04 June 2015, by Karen Donfried / Wolfgang Ischinger, Spiegel Online
Based on the work of a task force on improving U.S.-German relations, Donfried and Ischinger identify four central issue areas in which the U.S. and Germany should deepen and strengthen their cooperation.
03 June 2015, by MSC
Last night, close to three dozen political decision-makers, senior business leaders and other experts came together in Baku for the "Energy Security Roundtable" (ESR) of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) and the Frankfurter...
29 May 2015, by MSC / German Marshall Fund
What binds the US and Germany together, and why would continued strong cooperation benefit both sides? GMF assembled an interdisciplinary group of experts and stakeholders to make recommendations to strengthen bilateral ties.
"Crises and Prices – Energy Security Amidst Multiple Uncertainties": A Report from the 2015 Berlin Energy Security Summit
24 June 2015, by Stephan Liedtke
The third Energy Security Summit hosted by Frankfurter Allgemeine Forum and the Munich Security Conference was held in Berlin on May 6 and 7, 2015. Whether on the topic of the creation of a joint European energy policy, energy...
13 May 2015, by Joshua W. Walker
"The outpouring of support and personal initiative taken by the Munich Young Leaders was rewarded by an incredible few days of discussions, networking, and visits in Washington DC" writes Dr. Joshua Walker, a Munich Young Leader,...
07 May 2015, by MSC
On May 6/7, politicians, diplomats, scientists, journalists as well as industry and civil society leaders came together in Berlin to discuss critical issues at the intersection of energy and security policy. Here are a few of the...
07 May 2015, by Kumi Naidoo
"The 'Energiewende' is crucial to international security," Kumi Naidoo, the International Executive Director of Greenpeace International, writes in an op-ed on the occasion of the Energy Security Summit 2015. "If you search for...
Energy Security Summit 2015 - Crises and Prices: Energy Security Amidst Multiple Uncertainties [Updated on May 5]
30 April 2015, by MSC
On May 6-7, 2015, the Energy Security Summit of Frankfurter Allgemeine Forum and the Munich Security Conference will take place for the third time in Berlin. In the light of multiple international crises and conflicts, national...
30 April 2015, by MSC / OSCE
Several members of the OSCE Panel of Eminent Persons (PEP) visited Kiev on April 29 and 30 at the invitation of the Government of Ukraine. The panel members met with the leaders of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission and other...
30 April 2015, by MSC
In 2009, the Munich Security Conference and the Körber Foundation initiated the Munich Young Leaders program, which brings together promising younger experts and future decision-makers for an annual conference during the Munich...
28 April 2015, by Wolfgang Ischinger
"Kissinger’s book is a gift to all of those who care about global order and seek to stave off conflict in the twenty-first century", Wolfgang Ischinger writes in his book review of "World Order" for the journal "Foreign Affairs"....
23 April 2015, by MSC / ECFR
"We call on the EU Heads of State and Government to go beyond the ten-point plan issued earlier this week in immediately restoring an expansive search and rescue operation in Mediterranean waters," a group of members of the...
31 March 2015, by MSC
What are the highest priorities in European security policy in light of the current security landscape? Which capabilities are particularly important to deal with them, and how can they best be strengthened?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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 and 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.
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...
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?"
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.
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.
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...
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...
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."
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 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 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 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 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 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...
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...
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.
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 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,...
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...
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.
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...
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 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...
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.
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.
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...
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."
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?"
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.
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 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...
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...
"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...