Munich Security Report

Munich Security Report 2017: "Post-Truth, Post-West, Post-Order?"

Is the world facing an era shaped by disorder and by illberal actors? On February 13, 2017, several days ahead of the 53rd edition of the Munich Security Conference, the Munich Security Conference Foundation publishes the third edition of its annual report on key issues in international security (click here for an online version or download the full report as a PDF).

Under the title "Post-Truth, Post-West, Post-Order?", the Munich Security Report offers a wide variety of analyses, data, statistics, infographics, and maps on major developments and challenges in international security.

The report aims to serve as a companion and impulse for the discussions at the Munich Security Conference 2017 and as background for participants. At the same time, it is also made available to security professionals and the interested public. Last year's report was downloaded more than 25,000 times, with press coverage in both German and international media.

Central topics of the new edition of the Munich Security Report include the crisis of the international order and of liberal democracies as well as European security and defense policy. In addition, the report assembles information on the threat emanating from jihadist groups, propaganda and fake news as security challenges, and the security situation in the Pacific and the Middle East.

The Munich Security Report was prepared in cooperation with numerous renowned institutions and think tanks, including the International Crisis Group, IHS Markit, Chatham House, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Nuclear Threat Initiative, the Hertie School of Governance, and McKinsey & Company.

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Munich Security Report 2016: "Boundless Crises, Reckless Spoilers, Helpless Guardians?"

In the run-up to the Munich Security Conference's 52nd edition (12 to 14 February 2016) the MSC released its second Munich Security Report (MSR) featuring important trends and issues in international security.

Key topics of this edition, entitled "Boundless Crises, Reckless Spoilers, Helpless Guardians," include the crisis of the European security order, the war in Syria and the global activities of jihadist groups. The report also sheds light on the refugee crisis and the security implications of global climate and health policies. More...


"Just like the MSC, which has successfully grown out of its original focus on defense, the report takes a broad approach to security. In addition to what you might expect to find in such a report, like analyses of Russian or Chinese foreign policy or the Syrian war, I was pleased to see that the report also looks at issues like refugee flows, health, climate change and cyber warfare." – Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan about the MSR 2016.

Munich Security Report 2015: "Collapsing Order, Reluctant Guardians?"

On 26 January 2015, ahead of the Munich Security Conference's 51st edition, the MSC published its first Munich Security Report (MSR), an annual digest on critical questions and important trends in international security policy.

Topics of the inaugural edition, entitled "Collapsing Order, Reluctant Guardians?", include the Ukraine crisis, a survey of recent developments in jihadist extremism, new challenges such as hybrid warfare, and the global refugee crisis. More...


"A truly intriguing and thought-provoking paper" – German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen about the MSR 2015.