Munich Strategy Forum

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

Munich Strategy Forum 2017

Is the world facing the start of a global illiberal era? Will the "West", as it stands today, survive? What has the world learned about the future of US foreign policy from President Donald Trump's first year in office? What does the future of the EU look like, and who will be responsible for shaping it? And in the meantime, are conflicts in the Middle East reaching worrying new levels of escalation? These questions were among the key topics discussed at this year's Munich Strategy Forum at Schloss Elmau from December 3 to 5, 2017. A selection of photos from the event can be viewed here in our media library.

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 from November 22 to 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.