Munich Strategy Forum

Schloss Elmau in the Bavarian Alps, venue of the Munich Strategy Forum (Photo: MSC / Kuhlmann).

Munich Strategy Forum 2016

What are the biggest threats to Western liberal democracies and the liberal international order and how can we fight against them? How will US foreign and security policy change under President Trump? What are key reform measures in the field of EU foreign and security policy? And what are important and realistic next steps in trying to settle the war in Syria and in dealing with Russia? Around 60 senior leaders debated these and other key questions during the second Munich Strategy Forum on 4-6 December 2016 in Elmau. Click here for selected photo impressions of the event.


About the Munich Strategy Forum

In addition to its annual flagship conference, the MSC regularly convenes high-profile events on particular topics and regions. One of those events, the Munich Strategy Forum (MSF), is based on the model of the prestigious Aspen Strategy Group, which brings together selected American decision-makers to discuss current security challenges in a private off-the-record setting and develop policy recommendations for the following year.

While there certainly is no shortage of good events on foreign and security policy, no comparable forum exists in Germany or Europe. The Munich Strategy Forum aims to fill this gap. Besides helping to promote a strategic debate on foreign and security policy choices and the development of strategic priorities for Germany and Europe, the MSF is also meant to provide input and guidance to all MSC activities and programs.

The Munich Strategy Forum takes place once a year for two days at Schloss Elmau in Southern Germany. The meeting is limited to about 50 participants and held entirely off the record.

The inaugural meeting on November 22-24, 2015, was held under the patronage of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, and the German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier. For selected impressions from the event, take a look at our media library.