Ewald von Kleist Award

Since 2009, the Munich Security Conference has honored eminent personalities with an outstanding record in contributing to international peace and conflict resolution with the "Ewald von Kleist Award". The award pays tribute to the political life and work of Ewald von Kleist (1922-2013), who founded the Munich Security Conference in 1963, which at the time was called "Internationale Wehrkunde-Begegnung", and chaired the conference until 1998.



To get an impression of the personality of Ewald von Kleist, who had been one of the co-conspirators in the 20 July 1944 plot to kill Adolf Hitler, please watch this short video produced on the occasion of the 50th Munich Security Conference in 2014. Read also William Yardley's obituary in "The New York Times", published on 12 March 2013, and the obituary by Wolfgang Ischinger, the current chairman of the Munich Security Conference.


Previous recipients of the Ewald von Kleist Award are:

2009 Dr Henry Kissinger

2010 Javier Solana

2012 Joseph Lieberman

2013 Brent Scowcroft

2014 Helmut Schmidt and Valéry Giscard d'Estaing

2015 Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

2016 Christiana Figueres and Laurent Fabius

2017 Joachim Gauck

2018 John McCain