News Overview

19 October 2017, by MSC

A fragmented system of global health security – report from the MSC Health Security Roundtable in Berlin

Despite a proliferation of new institutions and interventions in recent years, there is a widespread perception that Global Health Security leadership is weak, and that the world is not ready for the next pandemic.

13 October 2017, by MSC

A "posterchild" for cooperation? Report from the MSC Arctic Security Roundtable Reykjavík

Which elements of Arctic governance work well, and which ones have to be improved? How can Western states and Russia cooperate in the region? What are the biggest security challenges in the Arctic today? Yesterday, just before...

13 October 2017, by MSC

The fragmented system of global health security – MSC will convene Health Security Roundtable in Berlin

During the 2017 World Health Summit in Berlin, the Munich Security Conference is gathering 25 preeminent international opinion leaders from politics, academia, civil society and the healthcare industry for a Health Security...

04 October 2017, by MSC

Cooperation and potential conflict in the Arctic – MSC will host Arctic Security Roundtable in Reykjavík

On October 12, the eve of the 2017 Assembly of the Arctic Circle in the Icelandic capital, the MSC will convene an Arctic Security Roundtable to advance the discussion on coming challenges in Arctic governance. Around 40 senior...

29 September 2017, by Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

Monthly Mind September 2017: "The Challenge of the Arctic"

Once a geopolitical afterthought, today's Arctic is a dynamic field of international cooperation. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Chairman of the Arctic Circle, asks how we can harness its economic and strategic potential in the future.

25 September 2017, by Körber Foundation

"Munich Young Leaders" Alumni Reunion in Moscow: Russia's Global Ambitions

From September 7 to 9, "Munich Young Leaders" Alumni met in Moscow to discuss Russia's role in the world with local experts and officials. Read the event report by our partner organization, the Körber Foundation.

21 September 2017, by Bloomberg

"If U.S. walks away from Iran Deal, it will be 'America Alone'"

Europe's message to U.S. on the Iran Deal should be, "If you're going to reinstate sanctions, you'll have to do it without us," advises MSC Chairman Wolfgang Ischinger on Bloomberg.

01 September 2017, by MSC

"Munich Young Leaders" Alumni reunite in Moscow to discuss with high-ranking experts

From September 7 to 9, an Alumni reunion of the "Munich Young Leaders", a program of the Munich Security Conference and the Körber Foundation, will convene in Moscow. The Alumni, current and future decision-makers in the field of...

24 August 2017, by MSC/George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

George C. Marshall European Center and Munich Security Conference Formalize Cooperation

Officials from the George C. Marshall European Center and the Munich Security Conference signed a memorandum of understanding in Garmisch-Partenkirchen on 24 August, 2017, to commit to mutual cooperation in European security...

17 July 2017, by MSC / WSJ

"Why Europeans Oppose the Russia Sanctions Bill"

Congress has every right to get tough on Russia. But its new bill imperils Europe's energy security and would end up benefiting Moscow, writes Wolfgang Ischinger in his op-ed for the Wall Street Journal.

01 July 2017, by Des Browne, Wolfgang Ischinger, Igor Ivanov, Sam Nunn

Monthly Mind July 2017: An Open Letter to Presidents Trump and Putin

"Restarting bilateral military-to-military dialogue between the United States and Russia, essential throughout the Cold War, should be an immediate and urgent priority. The focus of these initiatives should be on reducing risks...

30 June 2017, by MSC

"The Internet is Less and Less Spotify and More and More WannaCry" – From the MSC Cyber Security Summit Tel Aviv

Can we establish rules for conflict in cyberspace at all? What are the lessons states, companies and citizens must learn from WannaCry and Petya? These were some of the questions which senior leaders from politics, business,...

27 June 2017, by Tim Höttges

Monthly Mind June 2017: "Stopping the Downward Spiral"

"The time has come for a digital Geneva Convention", argues Telekom CEO Tim Höttges. "We should think on an intergovernmental level and strive for a legally binding treaty that condemns all kinds of cyber attacks."

27 June 2017, by MSC

An Open Letter to Presidents Trump and Putin

"The United States, Russia, and Europe can and must work together on areas of existential common interest - chief among them reducing nuclear and other military risks, and preventing catastrophic terrorist attacks."

09 June 2017, by MSC

EU Commission Features Munich Security Report Data in new European Defence Debate Process

The chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, warmly welcomes this week's announcement that the European Commission is launching a European Defence Fund as well as a debate process on moving...

09 June 2017, by MSC

MSC Chairman Ischinger meets Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs Al-Thani

The chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, met today with Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani for a detailed discussion.

08 June 2017, by MSC

MSC to hold Cyber Security Summit in Tel Aviv with senior decision-makers and experts

The MSC Cyber Security Summit 2017 (CSS), co-hosted with Deutsche Telekom in Tel Aviv on June 28, 2017, brings the MSC Cyber Security Series to one of the most dynamic cyber hubs in the world. On the occasion of Israel's Cyber...

31 May 2017, by Economist

The New Germany: An Interview with Wolfgang Ischinger

Wolfgang Ischinger spoke to the Economist on Germany's global role in the context of the elections in France, Donald Trump's presidency and Brexit.

27 May 2017, by MSC

Wolfgang Ischinger on the death of Zbigniew Brzeziński

"Zbig has passed away. What a sharp analytical mind! When I served as German Ambassador in Washington during difficult transatlantic years (2001-2006), there were many wise US friends whose advice I sought and often relied...

24 May 2017, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind May 2017: "Broadening the Two-Percent Debate"

What will the burden-sharing discussions at the NATO summit in Brussels bring? Wolfgang Ischinger argues: "If America wants more balanced burden-sharing and enhanced European contributions to tackle our joint security challenges,...

19 May 2017, by James E. Brooks / Marshall European Center

Special Group Focus Seeks To Bolster German-American Partnership at Marshall Center

At the Marshall European Center for Security Studies' initiative, 30 leading security experts from Germany and abroad formed a special working group. Its aim: reinforcing the work of the Munich Security Conference.

11 May 2017, by MSC

Strengthening Transatlantic Security - MSC Core Group Meeting in Washington

The MSC Core Group Meeting in Washington, DC, offered senior EU officials and decision-makers the opportunity to get to know senior representatives of the new US administration. Discussions aimed at providing a better...

10 May 2017, by Josh Rogin / Washington Post

"There will be more shoes to drop" - Washington Post on the MSC Core Group Meeting

"President Trump's sudden firing of FBI Director James B. Comey is bad for the country and will not be the end of the Trump-Russia affair, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told a group of foreign diplomats and experts Tuesday night."

04 May 2017, by MSC

The Future of the Transatlantic Relationship – MSC Convenes Leaders for Core Group Meeting in Washington

On May 9 and 10, at the invitation of the Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, the chairman of the Munich Security Conference (MSC), senior members of the Trump administration, European government officials, members of parliament from...

26 April 2017, by MSC

"A geopolitical stabilizer in the neighbourhood" – MSC and WPL organize European Defence Roundtable in Malta

What has to happen for the new momentum in European defence cooperation to translate into a truly new level of collaboration? Which additional measures are needed to strengthen EU military cooperation in order to better cope with...

21 April 2017, by MSC / WPL

MSC and WPL host European Defence Roundtable in Malta

On April 25, 2017, the eve of the informal meeting of EU Defence Ministers in Malta, the European Defence Roundtable will bring together around 20 female decision-makers from government, parliaments, and civil society for a frank...

27 March 2017, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind March 2017: "Big League – More Europe, Not Less"

"We should consider introducing a new foreign policy guideline such as a 'three percent criterion' for more international commitment: we should spend at least 3 % of our GDP for crisis prevention, development assistance, and...

27 March 2017, by MSC

"The awakening: an appeal for a European future"

On the 60th anniversary of the signature of the Treaty of Rome, the President of "Friends of Europe" Etienne Davignon launched an appeal for a European future. Among the list of co-signatories is MSC chairman Wolfgang Ischinger.

17 March 2017, by MSC / CNN

"Europe is Alive and Kicking" - Wolfgang Ischinger joins Christiane Amanpour on CNN

"[Merkel] will try to convince Donald Trump that Europe is actually an asset for the U.S. and not a liability," the MSC Chairman said as he previewed the Washington visit of Chancellor Merkel.

13 March 2017, by MSC

MSC Memo: How much should Germany spend on security and defense?

"The German government should define as its goal to spend three percent of GDP on foreign policy (including crisis prevention and diplomacy), development aid, and defense."

01 March 2017, by MSC

What happened at the Munich Security Conference 2017? Analyses and press reports

What topics, news, and developments at the Munich Security Conference 2017 were particularly relevant? A selection of current analyses and press reports.

18 February 2017, by MSC

"Three per cent of GDP for foreign, development, and defense policy"

How can Germany's contribution to international security and peace be strengthened? Over the past few months, MSC has repeatedly argued in favor of considering a so-called "three percent goal."

17 February 2017, by Wolfgang Ischinger

"More EU foreign and security policy"

"We should consider introducing a new foreign policy guideline such as a 'three percent criterion' for more international commitment," argues MSC chairman Wolfgang Ischinger in an op-ed for the Security Times.

17 February 2017, by MSC

Munich Security Conference 2017 Kicks Off – Full Agenda and List of Participants Now Available

From Friday until Sunday, more than 500 decision-makers from across the globe, including more than 25 heads of state and government, 80 foreign and defense ministers, and strong delegations from the new US administration and from...

16 February 2017, by MSC

#msc2017: Fake it, Hack it, Leak it, Spread it? A “Post-Truth World” and the Defense of Democracy

The Munich Security Conference (MSC) invites you to join a public panel debate with prominent MSC participants on challenges for international security in a "Post-Truth World".

15 February 2017, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind February 2017: "How Europe Should Deal With Trump"

"Instead of waiting in fear of the next Trump tweet, we Europeans should lay the foundations for a Europe that is strong, capable of taking action, and committed to Western values," argues MSC chairman Wolfgang Ischinger in an...

15 February 2017, by MSC

Live from the Munich Security Conference 2017

Follow the Munich Security Conference 2017 online! As in previous years, the interested public may choose from a number of options to take part in the proceedings and debates of the Munich Security Conference's 53rd edition.

14 February 2017, by MSC

"Post-Truth, Post-West, Post-Order?" Preview of the MSC 2017 in Berlin

"The international security order today is probably more volatile than at any other point after the end of World War II." With these words, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, chairman of the Munich Security Conference, welcomed the...

13 February 2017, by MSC

"Post-Truth, Post-West, Post-Order?" – Munich Security Conference Publishes Munich Security Report 2017

Is the world facing disorder and the rise of illiberal actors? Just ahead of the 53rd edition of the Munich Security Conference from February 17-19, the Munich Security Conference Foundation publishes the third edition of its...

14 February 2017, by Fred Kempe / Wolfgang Ischinger

"Inflection Points": Munich Security Conference Preview

In the "Atlantic Council" column "Inflection Points" Fred Kempe and Wolfgang Ischinger give a preview of the upcoming Munich Security Conference and the "massive uncertainty" in transatlantic relations.

10 February 2017, by MSC

Updates on the Munich Security Conference 2017

Chancellor Merkel to give speech – President Gauck to receive Ewald von Kleist Award – Munich Security Report to be published on Monday.

03 February 2017, by MSC

Munich Security Conference 2017 takes place against the backdrop of transatlantic uncertainty and the crisis of the liberal order

From February 17 to 19, 2017, the 53rd edition of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) will bring together hundreds of decision-makers in the realm of international security at Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich. Under the...

03 February 2017, by MSC

US Vice President Mike Pence to attend Munich Security Conference

US Vice President Mike Pence has confirmed his participation in the 53rd edition of the Munich Security Conference (17-19 February).

01 February 2017, by MSC

MSC 2017: Events for the Public

The Munich Security Conference does not only take place in the main conference halls of Hotel Bayerischer Hof, but also in various locations in and outside Munich with numerous events for the general public.

30 January 2017, by Wolfgang Ischinger

"Better Health Systems Strengthen Our Common Security"

"Health, security and stability are inextricably linked. As global instability and interconnectedness increase, so does the risk of a catastrophic outbreak," Wolfgang Ischinger warns in an essay for the Yearbook of the World...

20 January 2017, by MSC

MSC co-hosts Global Security Dinner at World Economic Forum Davos

On February 19, 2017, during the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos, the MSC co-hosted a Dinner on Global Security.

05 January 2017, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind January 2017: "The European Union Can Emerge From 2017 Stronger, If It Survives"

"Next year could be the most consequential for Europe since the Berlin Wall fell, or maybe even since the end of World War II," argues MSC chairman Wolfgang Ischinger in an op-ed for TIME. "It is no exaggeration to say that the...

04 January 2017, by DW

"EU needs to be able to act together"

"It's up to the EU to make our claims that we are actually very powerful - if we speak with one voice," Wolfgang Ischinger said in a TV interview with "DW" on the future of the EU and NATO after the US election.

04 January 2017, by Kostiantyn Yelisieiev

"Respect for Ukraine Vital for a Lasting Peace"

A response to Victor Pinchuk's Wall Street Journal op-ed from 30 December 2016. This article was linked here at the request of the Ukrainian Consul General in Munich.

30 December 2016, by Victor Pinchuk

"Ukraine Must Make Painful Compromises for Peace With Russia"

"Instead of issuing ever-shriller appeals, we must also adapt to the new reality, and help our international friends help us," argues Ukrainian industrialist and philanthropist Victor Pinchuk in the "Wall Street Journal".

20 December 2016, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Thank you for participating in the Junior Ambassadors contest

"Congratulations to the three winners of our Junior Ambassadors contest. I would also like to thank all other participants for their time, efforts and thoughtful writing," Wolfgang Ischinger writes about the just-concluded MSC...

20 December 2016, by TIME

"The European Union Can Emerge From 2017 Stronger, If It Survives"

"Next year could be the most consequential for Europe since the Berlin Wall fell, or maybe even since the end of World War II," argues MSC chairman Wolfgang Ischinger in an op-ed for TIME. "It is no exaggeration to say that the...

19 December 2016, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind December 2016: "A Call to Arms Control"

"The current situation is more dangerous than at any time since the end of the Cold War" writes Wolfang Ischinger in the December issue of our "Monthly Mind" column. "This is why there is great urgency to enhance transparency and...

15 December 2016, by NTI

"Rising Nuclear Dangers: Steps to Reduce Risks in the Euro-Atlantic Region"

In a new NTI report, Des Browne, Wolfgang Ischinger, Igor Ivanov, and Sam Nunn call on Western and Russian leaders to take immediate steps to reduce the risk of a dangerous military confrontation.

30 November 2016, by Atlantic Council

Atlantic Council Middle East Strategy Task Force launches final report

"If there is a single take-away from this report, it is that the Middle East is not condemned to the current cycle of conflict," conclude the report's co-chairs Madeleine K. Albright and Stephen J. Hadley.

24 November 2016, by Handelsblatt

"The EU Must Increase Defense Spending"

European nations, above all Germany, must play a greater role within NATO, argues Ischinger in an interview with "Handelsblatt".

14 November 2016, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind November 2016: "Don't Make the World Afraid Again"

"What should Europe expect from Trump?," asks Wolfgang Ischinger in an op-ed for "The New York Times" in the aftermath of the US presidential election.

12 November 2016, by New York Times

"What Europe Needs to Hear from Trump"

"Instead of waiting for the Trump inaugural speech, Europe should enumerate its own policy expectations and demonstrate how much the US can continue to benefit from a close partnership," writes Ischinger in the New York Times.

02 November 2016, by MSC

"We cannot harm the security of other countries in pursuit of our own"

Leaders from China, its Pacific neighbors and the West came together on 2 & 3 November 2016 for an intense strategic debate about China’s global security role, the security situation in the Asia-Pacific as well as other key...

01 November 2016, by MSC

MSC hosts second Core Group Meeting in Beijing [updated]

At the invitation of the Chinese government, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) will host a Core Group Meeting in Beijing on 2 & 3 November. After 2011, this is the second MSC event in the Chinese capital. Topics of the Core...

28 October 2016, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind October 2016: "China's Rise: Still the Most Important Strategic Issue"

"Nothing can alter the global order as much as China’s ambitions and its growing political and economic weight. Nothing would be as fatal and disruptive as an armed conflict in the Pacific region", Wolfgang Ischinger writes in...

13 October 2016, by Handelsblatt / MSC

"Europe Has Failed with Syria"

"The war in Syria and its consequences for Europe prove that we cannot keep out of conflicts beyond our borders. Building an imaginary wall will not resolve these problems. But are we prepared to get involved in a credible way to...

10 October 2016, by MSC

Lessons Learned From the Ebola Crisis: MSC organizes Health Security Roundtable on the Sidelines of the WHS in Berlin

On October 9, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) organized a Health Security Roundtable on the sidelines of the World Health Summit at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. The MSC joined efforts with the M8 Alliance to bring...

05 October 2016, by Hertie School

Hertie School launches research centre for international security policy under the leadership of Wolfgang Ischinger

The new Centre for International Security Policy at the Hertie School of Governance (CISP) starts its work on 5 October. In partnership wit the MSC, it will be dedicated to research and serve as a space for public security policy...

28 September 2016, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind September 2016: "Rules, Resources and Expertise: Gearing Up for the Digital Age"

Do we have an adequate security strategy for the digital age?, asks MSC chairman Wolfgang Ischinger in our new Monthly Mind column on the occasion of the 4th MSC Cyber Security Summit on September 19/20 at Stanford University.

27 September 2016, by Handelsblatt

"A Disgrace for Europe"

In an interview with the German newspaper Handelsblatt, MSC Chairman Ischinger has called on Europe to provide political and economic incentives in order to carry out its responsibility and help bring an end to the Syrian civil...

20 September 2016, by MSC

"Governmental Silos Won't Work" – From the Debates at the MSC Cyber Security Summit in Stanford

Could the US presidential election be affected by cyberattacks? How can our critical infrastructures be better protected? How can digital growth be safeguarded? And what steps can and should governments and companies take to...

17 September 2016, by MSC / DTAG

Debating Cyber Security in Silicon Valley: MSC and Deutsche Telekom host 4th Cyber Security Summit

Recent cyberattacks on the US Democrats, the global payment network SWIFT or the power grid in Ukraine clearly illustrate: The debate on cybersecurity has never been more important. This is why, on 19 and 20 September, the Munich...

31 August 2016, by Børge Brende

Monthly Mind August 2016: "Strengthening, Not Politicizing Global Energy Markets"

"In a complex global security environment, we must avoid politicizing the energy markets. This is not only vital for the security of energy supply. It is also fundamental for maintaining and strengthening the world order that has...

31 August 2016, by MSC

New challenges for energy security in a world of transition

Under the auspices of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) and the Norwegian ONS Foundation and as part of the MSC energy security series, around 70 key leaders from the energy industry, politics and the security community...

29 August 2016, by MSC

MSC and ONS Foundation host high-level meeting on energy security in Stavanger [updated]

The Munich Security Conference (MSC) Foundation and the ONS Foundation, two of the most prominent institutions in their respective fields, have partnered for a high-level debate on critical energy security challenges,...

24 August 2016, by Energy Post

"Grand transition requires new vision of energy security"

On the occasion of the ONS Summit in Stavanger, Christoph Frei, Secretary General of the World Energy Council, talks with the "Energy Post" about the energy sector's "triple transition" and its implications for energy security.

13 July 2016, by MSC / DTAG

MSC and Deutsche Telekom host Cyber Security Summit in Silicon Valley

The fourth Cyber Security Summit will be hosted by the Munich Security Conference and Deutsche Telekom in Silicon Valley. On September 19 and 20, 2016, around 100 senior representatives from science, politics, business and the...

08 July 2016, by MSC

European Defense Between Brexit, Warsaw, and Russia

On 7 July, the eve of the NATO Summit, Munich Security Conference (MSC) chairman Wolfgang Ischinger brought together defense leaders and experts from across the Alliance as well as Russia for an MSC European Defence Roundtable in...

05 July 2016, by Tobias Bunde

"NATO Summit Special Series: Germany"

In an article for the Atlantic Council's NATOSource, Tobias Bunde, Head of Policy & Analysis at the MSC, analyzes Germany's role in the Alliance ahead of the NATO Summit in Warsaw.

04 July 2016, by MSC

Ischinger Welcomes Emphasis on Defense Cooperation in new EU Global Strategy

"At the Munich Security Conference, we will closely monitor the follow-up by member states and will keep the future of EU defense as a priority item on our agenda," the chairman of the Munich Security Conference stressed.

04 July 2016, by MSC

NATO after Warsaw – MSC organizes European Defence Roundtable and Young Leaders Reunion

Two top-level Munich Security Conference events on the occasion of the NATO summit (8-9 July) in Warsaw: Munich Young Leaders Reunion and European Defence Roundtable.

06 July 2016, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind July 2016: "The Russia Paradox: How to Deal with an Aggressive, yet Weak Power"

Just ahead of NATO's Warsaw summit: Where do the West and Russia stand, and what should we do?, asks MSC Chairman Wolfgang Ischinger in our new "Monthly Mind" column on the occasion of the MSC European Defence Roundtable in...

21 June 2016, by François Heisbourg

Monthly Mind June 2016: "Brexit and European Security"

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

MSC Chairman Ischinger meets President of Azerbaijan in Berlin

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

"What is the Future for EU-Russia Relations?"

"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

MSC hosts Luncheon in Singapore

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

"In search of Europe's confidence lost"

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".

28 May 2016, by MSC

MSC Chairman Wolfgang Ischinger commends decision by Macedonian President to rescind amnesty measures

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

"Countering the Threats from the Middle East"

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

Monthly Mind May 2016: "NATO Back on Dual-Track?"

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

"We need dialogue with Russia"

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

"Africa's security challenges are the concerns of the rest of the world"

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

Monthly Mind April 2016: "Africa and the Jihadist Threat"

"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...

14 April 2016, by MSC

Strengthening the North-South Security Dialogue: MSC convenes first Core Group Meeting in Africa [updated]

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

"Terrorism in Africa and why it matters"

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

"A Call to Action" on Nuclear Terrorism: Add your Voice to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism

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

Monthly Mind March 2016: "Answering the Threats Posed by the Islamic State"

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

"Black Swans and Ostriches"

"[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 Tale of Two Speeches: U.S.-Russian Relations Through the Lens of Munich"

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 Happened at the Munich Security Conference?

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.

14 February 2016, by MSC

Speech by Dr. Riad Hijab at the 52nd Munich Security Conference (MSC)

14 February 2016 Ladies and Gentlemen, The 52nd Munich Security Conference convenes against a backdrop of unprecedented security tensions in Syria and the region, due to a faltering political process, intensified Russian...

12 February 2016, by MSC

Now available: Agenda and List of Participants of the 52nd 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

Monthly Mind February 2016: "Boundless Crises, Reckless Spoilers, and Helpless Guardians"

"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

Live from the 52nd Munich Security Conference

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.

10 February 2016, by MSC

The Munich Security Conference's "Ewald von Kleist Award" honors successful Paris climate deal negotiators

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...

09 February 2016, by MSC

Boundless Crises, Limited Capabilities – the Weakness of the International Order will be at the Heart of the Debates at the 52nd Munich Security Conference

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 boundlessness of current conflicts"

"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

#msc2016: Trolls, Hackers and Extremists – The Fight for a Safe and Open Web

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

Munich Security Conference named "Best Think Tank Conference‎"

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

"A new Boundlessness of Conflict" - Vom Berliner MSC-Auftakt 2016

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

"Munich Security Report: Dawn of an era of global instability?"

"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

MSC releases Munich Security Report 2016

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

Monthly Mind January 2016: "Back From the Brink, Back to Diplomacy"

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

Who's joining us for the 52nd Munich Security Conference?

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

"Missing a Chance, Again"

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

Panel of Eminent Persons presents Final Report at the 22nd OSCE Ministerial Council

"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

Reducing the vulnerabilities of digitized societies: MSC Cyber Security Roundtable in Berlin

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

Monthly Mind November 2015: "The EU's Strategic Reflection on an EU Global Strategy"

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

Monthly Mind October 2015: "Germany and Russia: From Failure to a New Beginning?"

"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

"Start the Political Process in Syria Now" [updated]

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

"We need strategic patience"

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

Munich Security Conference Convenes Core Group Meeting in Tehran

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

"The Crisis in European Security" - a Dahrendorf Forum debate with Wolfgang Ischinger

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

"What Do the Obama-Xi Agreements Mean for Cyber?"

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

Panel of Eminent Persons gathers in Belgrade for consultations

"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.

24 September 2015, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind September 2015: "Responses to the Refugee Crisis: Elements of a Foreign Policy Strategy"

"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

Roundtable discussion by OSCE Panel of Eminent Persons in Brussels

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

If Not Now - When? Debating Ways to Strengthen European Defense

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

MSC hosts Cyber Security Roundtable in New York on Norms and Rules in Cyberspace

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

Ischinger joins faculty at Hertie School of Governance

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

European Defence 2015: Lessons from the Crises – Impulses for Integration

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

"Germany's Hegemony Trap"

"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...

31 August 2015, by Scott Charney, Microsoft

Monthly Mind August 2015: "Norms, Transparency, and User Control - Managing Risks for IT Products and Cloud Services"

"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

"Egon Bahr and the new Ostpolitik"

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

European Leadership Network Members Express Support for the Iran Nuclear Agreement

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

"In Defense of Ukraine"

"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

Monthly Mind June 2015: "A Western Dual Strategy for Ukraine"

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

A Ukraine United, Democratic, and European?

"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

Panel of Eminent Persons Explores Lessons Learned for the OSCE from its Engagement in Ukraine

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

Munich Security Conference meets in Vienna on Ukraine Crisis [Updated on June 16]

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

"Risky Game of Chicken"

"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

"Trans-Atlantic Ties: It's Time To Rebuild Trust"

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

Energy Security: Diversification Strategies for Europe

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

"Longstanding Partners in Changing Times" - Report on the Future of German-American Relations

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.

24 June 2015, by Stephan Liedtke

"Crises and Prices – Energy Security Amidst Multiple Uncertainties": A Report from the 2015 Berlin Energy Security Summit

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

A Munich Young Leader’s Reunion in Washington Reflection

"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

"Crises and Prices" - the Energy Security Summit 2015 in a "storify" summary

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

"Delivering Global Energy Security Requires a Global 'Energiewende'"

"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...

30 April 2015, by MSC

Energy Security Summit 2015 - Crises and Prices: Energy Security Amidst Multiple Uncertainties [Updated on May 5]

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

OSCE Panel of Eminent Persons complete research visit to Kyiv

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

Munich Young Leaders Meet in Washington for Alumni Reunion

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

Monthly Mind April 2015: "The World According to Kissinger"

"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

"Prominent Europeans Call for Immediate Action in the Mediterranean"

"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

On Armaments Policies & Military Requirements: European Defence Roundtable Berlin

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

Wolfgang Ischinger joins Hertie School of Governance faculty as senior professor

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

Monthly Mind February 2015: "The Fog of Disorder"

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

A selection of reports and analyses on the debates at the 51st Munich Security Conference

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.

05 February 2015, by MSC

Munich Security Conference Increasingly a Hub for Civil Society Activities / "Ewald von Kleist Award" goes to OSCE

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

"How to Stabilize Ukraine without Playing Putin's Game"

"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

University of Pennsylvania Study: MSC "Best Think Tank Conference" in the World

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

First Munich Security Report published - new digest on important trends

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

The Berlin Kickoff for the 51st Munich Security Conference

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

OSCE Confirms Participants of "Panel on European Security as a Common Project"

The panel, chaired by Wolfgang Ischinger, is mandated to provide advice on how to reconsolidate European security as a common project.

28 January 2015, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind January 2015: "A Task of Generations"

"The West must adopt a new dual strategy toward Russia," Wolfgang Ischinger writes in an essay for the journal "Internationale Politik". "In breaking the rule of no unilateral change of borders, Moscow has done serious damage to...

12 January 2015, by MSC

A focus on the collapse of the international order - The 51st MSC in light of current crises and conflicts

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 backs move to involve Russia in security talks"

"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...

04 December 2014, by MSC

Wolfgang Ischinger to chair an OSCE Eminent Persons Panel on "European Security as a Common Project" [updated]

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

Towards a Transatlantic Energy Alliance - MSC Roundtable Energy Security in Istanbul

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

2014 Cyber Security Summit: Transatlantic Dialogue between Business and Politics

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

Monthly Mind October 2014: "Why Ukraine Matters - Especially for Asia"

"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

"A World in Denial" and "Crisis as the New Normal"? Initial Impressions from Delhi

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

The Munich Security Conference (MSC) met in New Delhi - Summary

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 is all for Global Convergence to Fight Terrorism"

"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

"India Says Islamic State Not Yet A Threat" - Reuters India about the MSC meeting in Delhi

"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

"Democracy is one of the most powerful tools for dealing with security problems"

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

A new approach to global security: MSC meets in New Delhi [updated]

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

The MSC will meet in New Delhi to discuss current global security challenges

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

Participate in the MSC 2015 – Apply to Become "MSC Junior Ambassador"

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

"Russia has lost a lot of political capital in Germany"

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

Monthly Mind September 2014 - "The Ukraine Crisis and European Security"

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

Monthly Mind August 2014: "Economics after the Arab Uprisings"

"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

"The Risk of a New Cold War" - Former Foreign Ministers On Stabilizing The Crisis

"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

"Our most important efforts have been and must continue to be focused on helping Ukraine"

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

"Brzezinski, Ischinger, and Pifer Discuss Mutual Security"

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

"Russia's Igor Ivanov and Germany's Wolfgang Ischinger: A Dialogue on Ukraine"

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

"Confidence Building Measures Are Now Needed More Than Ever"

"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

C-SPAN-Video: "Mutual Security on Hold? Russia, the West, and European Security Architecture"

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

"Guaranteeing Europe's Energy Supply" - Judy Dempsey on the "Energy Security Summit"

"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."

29 May 2014, by MSC / Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal on the ESS: "Ukraine Prime Minister Vows Not to Pay 'Political' Price of Russian Gas"

"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

Storify: The Energy Security Summit 2014

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

Monthly Mind June 2014: "Ukraine after the election: only a first step"

"[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

The crisis in Ukraine, the shale revolution in the US, and EU energy security

Frankfurter Allgemeine Forum and the Munich Security Conference anticipate high-ranking guests at 
"Energy Security Summit 2014" in Berlin (27/28 May).

26 May 2014, by MSC / Wolfgang Ischinger

"Now begins the real task of creating a stable Ukraine" - Wolfgang Ischinger in der "Financial Times"

"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

"An optimistic view of a supremely difficult election"

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

"Involvement or Restraint?" - New Poll on German Foreign Policy Commissioned by Körber Foundation

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

OSCE Wants to Promote a National Dialogue within Ukraine

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

Energy Security Summit 2014: The Next Great Game? Global Impacts Of The Shale Revolution

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

Monthly Mind May 2014: "The Crisis of Euro-Atlantic Security"

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

"Punishment of Putin is not the main goal" - "Deutsche Welle" Interview with W. Ischinger

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.

23 April 2014, by Gérard Errera and Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind April 2014 - "France and Germany must rebuild their relationship, for the good of Europe"

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

"Russia will be weaker, the West re-invigorated" - Ischinger interview with 'Top of Mind'

"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...

17 March 2014, by Wolfgang Ischinger

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

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

Monthly Mind February 2014: "It's not going to work without Russia"

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

"Britain Could Lead on European Defense"

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

"A global forum" - Quotes from the 50th Munich Security Conference

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

"Takeaways From Munich-50"

"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

"Israelis stay seated for Iranian minister, possible diplomatic opening"

"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

"Female defence ministers pledge to break Europe's old boys' network"

"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

"Kerry and Iran Minister Confer on Nuclear Issue"

"[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

"Les vétérans de la diplomatie tirent des leçons pour l'avenir"

"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

"How the EU brought Serbia and Kosovo to a Deal"

"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

"Spurred by Global Crises, Germany Weighs a More Muscular Foreign Policy"

"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

"Ukraine Government and Opposition Clash, in Munich"

"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 Defend U.S. Engagement Abroad in Face of Criticism"

"[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

Ewald-von-Kleist-Award presented to Helmut Schmidt and Valéry Giscard d'Estaing

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

"Ukrainian unrest: EU and US clash with Russia in Munich"

"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

"Kerry, Hagel urge 'transatlantic renaissance' to confront political and security challenges"

"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

"Brahimi: No Progress on Syria"

"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

"Gauck opens Munich Security Conference with call for more German engagement"

"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

Helmut Schmidt: "MSC stays important"

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

Live from the 50th Munich Security Conference

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

Munich as the capital of security policy

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

Fasching, Family Reunions, and Hard Power

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...

30 January 2014, by Wolfgang Ischinger and Tobias Bunde

Monthly Mind Januar 2014 - The Western Alliance in the Digital Age

This weekend, Helmut Schmidt and Henry Kissinger will participate in a discussion at the Munich Security Conference (MSC) – just as they did a half-century ago, when they took part in the first “Internationale...

29 January 2014, by Strobe Talbott

"Atlanticism in the Era of Globalization"

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 MSC

50th Anniversary of the Munich Security Conference. Young Foreign Policy Professionals Talk to Fabius and Zarif - First Munich Young Leaders from Iran, Afghanistan and Palestine

Hamburg, 28 January 2014. Just as in previous years the Munich Young Leaders are meeting at the same time as the 50th Munich Security Conference from 30 January to 2 February. For the sixth time in succession the project...

28 January 2014, by MSC

50th Anniversary of the Munich Security Conference. Young Foreign Policy Professionals Talk to Fabius and Zarif - First Munich Young Leaders from Iran, Afghanistan and Palestine

Hamburg, 28 January 2014. Just as in previous years the Munich Young Leaders are meeting at the same time as the 50th Munich Security Conference from 30 January to 2 February. For the sixth time in succession the project...

28 January 2014, by William S. Cohen

"Little Patience for Frivolous Speeches - A Personal Remembrance of Wehrkunde and Ewald von Kleist"

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

#MSC50 – Unplugged: Gearing Up for the Transatlantic Renaissance

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

Defense Matters 2024:
 Why Europe Can’t Afford Reducing Military Budgets

"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

2024 - The Year Water Challenged Global Security

"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

Storify: Impressions from the "kick-off" event for the 50th 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

A War Without Humans – The Threat of Lethal Autonomous Weapons

"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

"Towards Mutual Security - 50 Years of Munich Security Conference"

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...

13 December 2013, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mond December 2013 - Germany's Same Old Foreign Policy

More than ten weeks after its general election, Germany continues to be without a new government. But, though the post-election coalition negotiations have been unusually prolonged, there is little disagreement between the...

11 December 2013, by Tobias Bunde

Has Germany Become NATO’s “Lost Nation”? Prospects for a Reinvigorated German NATO Policy

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

"Cost of Non-Europe Report": European Common Security and Defence Policy

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

The Second Cyber Security Summit: Insights, Ideas, Results

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

"Post-Wall Europe" - "Nach-Mauer Europa"

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.

15 November 2013, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind November 2013 - Restoring Trans-Atlantic Trust

In the wake of revelations that the American government tapped the cellphone of Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, trans-Atlantic relations have reached a low point not seen since the Iraq war. In fact, the current crisis may...

08 November 2013, by MSC

Live broadcast of the 2nd Cyber Security Summit on Nov. 11 - from 10 a.m. (CET)

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

Working to rebuild transatlantic trust at a critical moment: The MSC Core Group meets in Washington

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" is available for download

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

"Restoring Trans-Atlantic Trust"

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.

31 October 2013, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind October 2013 - German power and German responsibility

Fortunately, the worries that some of our neighbors had some 20 years ago, namely that Germany may have to be feared again, have not come true. And yet, as Timothy Garton Ash said at the Munich Security Conference in 2012, we...

30 October 2013, by MSC

Munich Security Conference meets in Washington D.C. to discuss NSA-spying scandal

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...

17 October 2013, by MSC

"New Power - New Responsibility. Elements of a German foreign and security policy for a changing world"

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

"How to build a modern European Union"

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

"In solidarity both at home and abroad" - Speech by President Gauck marking the Day of German Unity

"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

"Raised expectations: The Berlin Republic and its ability to act internationally"

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

U.S.-Iranian Thaw

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...

13 September 2013, by MSC

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

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...

30 August 2013, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind September 2013 - "The Syrian Hell - Why We Must Not Forget The Lessons From Bosnia"

Tens of thousands of deaths in a country that lies not too far south-east of us. An extremely complicated military conflict in which the most varied lines of interest converge. A US president who is particularly reluctant to...

09 August 2013, by MSC

Billions could be saved - new report on European defence policy

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...

13 July 2013, by Tobias Bunde and Oliver Rolofs

Is our energy supply still safe? The Frankfurter Allgemeine Forum and the MSC hosted their first joint conference on the subject of energy security

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

Monthly Mind July 2013 - The Geopolitics of the US Shale Revolution

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

High-Ranking international Guests expected at "Energy Security" Conference

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...

24 June 2013, by MSC

Is our energy supply still secure?

F.A.Z. and MSC organise first international conference on energy security

11 June 2013, by MSC

"The 2013 Henry A. Kissinger Prize: Celebrating the extraordinary life of Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist"

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

Monthly Mind June 2013 - "Standing Idly By - No Longer"

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

"'Two Germanys Model' Suggested for Kosovo"

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.

23 May 2013, by MSC

"Prime Minister Calls for Action on Syria" - The "Gulf Times" reports from the MSC Core Group Meeting

"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.

22 May 2013, by MSC

Fruitful discussions on the wider Middle East: The Munich Security Conference (MSC) Core Group meets in Doha

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

Focus on the Arab world: First Munich Security Conference meeting in Doha, Qatar (Update)

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

Focus on conflicts in the Arab world: first Munich Security Conference meeting in Doha, Qatar

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

"We have to share our military and industrial capabilities"

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

Monthly Mind May 2013 - The Capability Gap

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

First summit on European security and defence in Berlin

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

Munich Security Conference welcomes agreement between Serbia and Kosovo

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...

19 April 2013,

Letter on the Middle East Peace Process

In a letter addressed to Catherine Ashton, members of the European Eminent Persons Group on the Middle East Process call for a stronger role of the European Union in forging a two-state solution.

04 April 2013, by MSC

"Building Mutual Security in the Euro-Atlantic Region: Report Prepared for Presidents, Prime Ministers, Parliamentarians, and Publics"

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

The Munich Security Conference commemorates Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist

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...

13 March 2013, by MSC

Statement by Senator John McCain on the death of Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist

"I was deeply saddened to learn that my friend of more than three decades, Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist, has died. Ewald was an exemplary German patriot, well-respected European statesman and staunch Atlanticist."

13 March 2013, by MSC

"Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist, conspirator in plot to kill Hitler, dies" (Washington Post)

"To his admirers in Germany and around the world, Mr. von Kleist represented a flash of heroism, however futile, in one of the bleakest moments of 20th-century history."

13 March 2013, by MSC

"Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist, Anti-Hitler Plotter, Dies at 90" (New York Times)

"He got up from his chair, went to the window, looked out of the window for a moment, and then he turned and said: ‘Yes, you have to do that. A man who doesn’t take such a chance will never be happy again in his life.’"

08 March 2013, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind March 2013 - Europe's Security, Europe's Responsibility

The integration of security policy continues to be one of Europe's key future challenges.

06 February 2013, by Hanns Koenig

"Frank words on Iran and Syria" - Impressions from an MSC Junior Ambassador

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.

04 February 2013, by MSC

Deutsche Welle: "In Munich, diplomats despair over Syria civil war"

"The 22-month-long civil war in Syria dominated the agenda at the Munich Security Conference. Top diplomats could agree on one point: There's little chance that the conflict will end any time soon."

04 February 2013, by MSC

New York Times: "Official Says Iran Is Open to New Round of Nuclear Talks"

"MUNICH — Iran’s foreign minister said Sunday that his country was open to a renewed offer of direct talks with the United States on its nuclear program and that it looked favorably on a proposal for a new round of multilateral...

04 February 2013, by MSC

Deutsche Welle: "Israel's Barak warns against a nuclear-armed Iran"

"Israel’s defense minister has warned that should Iran be allowed to develop atomic weapons it would lead to "nuclear terror." Meanwhile, Iran's foreign minister has said Tehran is prepared for nuclear talks with the US."

04 February 2013, by MSC

The Guardian: "Russia and Iran meet Syrian opposition leader"

"Rare sign of progress as foreign ministers meet Moaz al-Khatib for first time, but death toll in Syria continues to rise."

03 February 2013, by MSC

AP: "Iran welcomes US willingness for direct nuclear talks, but doesn’t commit to accepting offer"

"MUNICH — Iran’s foreign minister on Sunday welcomed the United States’ willingness to hold direct talks with Tehran in the standoff over its nuclear program but didn’t commit to accepting the offer — insisting that Washington...

03 February 2013, by MSC

New York Times: "Syrian Opposition Leader Confers With U.S. and Russia"

"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

From Biden to Barnier - Impressions from a Junior Ambassador

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

AP: "Biden: US prepared to hold direct talks with Iran when its leadership ‘is serious’"

"The United States is prepared to hold direct talks with Iran in the standoff over its nuclear ambitions, Vice President Joe Biden said Saturday — but he insisted that Tehran must show it is serious and Washington won’t engage in...

02 February 2013,

dpa: "U.S. to stay engaged in Mideast despite domestic energy boom, says top official"

"At Munich Security Conference, Carlos Pascual, special envoy for international energy affairs, says U.S. will remain committed to security, peace and stability in the Middle East."

01 February 2013, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind February 2013 - Towards a renewed transatlantic bond

"On both sides of the Atlantic, we seem to have this feeling that our affection for one another needs to be constantly reaffirmed. Where does this insecurity come from?"

02 February 2013, by MSC

AP: Syrian opposition leader says he’s ready to sit down for talks with Assad regime

“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

Foreign Policy: "Biden does Europe"

"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

Judy Dempsey's Strategic Europe: "Can Munich Change the Transatlantic Relationship?"

"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?"

01 February 2013, by MSC

Brent Scowcroft is presented with the Munich Security Conference Ewald-von-Kleist Award in acknowledgement of his lifetime achievement

Brent Scowcroft, former United States National Security Advisor under Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush, will be presented with the Munich Security Conference Ewald-von-Kleist Award on Saturday, 02 February 2013, to...

01 February 2013, by MSC

From the MSC - live stream, news pieces, and social media

Social media, live footage from the conference hall, news and other pieces: From 1 to 3 February 2013, the Munich Security Conference will be offering information on the event for the public in a number of different ways.

31 January 2013, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind January 2013 - To Damascus, the road runs through Moscow

"As the NATO-Russia relationship grows stronger and deeper, conflict resolution outside the Euro-Atlantic region will become more likely – not only in Syria," Wolfgang Ischinger writes in his "Monthly Mind" column.

26 January 2013, by MSC

From 1 Februar on - Reports from the Munich Security Conference

From the first day of the Munich Security Conference on, you will find reports and other content in this space.

23 January 2013, by Melina Meneguin-Layerenza

The international dimension of organized crime: an elusive threat

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

Conflicts over Water - an Underrated Threat

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

Global Security 2.0 - International institutions urgently need an upgrade

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...

31 December 2012, by Wolfgang Ischinger

December 2012 - A make or break moment for European Security and Defense Policy

"Europe’s ability to be a capable security actor is at stake. Americans won’t invest and will not be invested in European defense if Europe doesn’t start moving in the right direction. And the window for Europe to do something...

30 November 2012, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind November 2012 - Britain's place in Europe

Speaking at a conference in Berlin in October of 2012, British Foreign Secretary William Hague observed that “public disillusionment with the EU in Britain is the deepest it has ever been.“ While large segments of British society...

01 October 2012, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind October 2012 - A Special Relationship: The United States, Germany, and Israel

On November 6, Germany will be in election fever. TV channels will provide special coverage of the US Presidential elections all night long. Many Germans will meet at private events or public election parties, as experts shed...

18 September 2012, by MSC

Date of the 49th Munich Security Conference, February 1-3, 2013

The date for the next Munich Security Conference (MSC) is set. The 49th MSC will be held from February 1 to 3, 2013. Like recent years, decision makers in foreign and security politics as well as from the business sector are...

18 September 2012, by MSC

Cyber Security Report 2012 veröffentlicht

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

Munich Calling - NATO: Whatever happened to nuclear disarmament?

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...

11 September 2012, by MSC

"Freedom, sovereignty and responsibility are inextricably linked" - speech given by Wolfgang Ischinger in Pristina on the occasion of the end of supervised independence

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...

06 September 2012, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind September 2012 - The Bundestag should have a say

The course that the Syrian crisis has taken to date would appear to demonstrate that, after its experience with Iraq and Afghanistan, the West is no longer prepared to get involved in any more military interventions, at least for...

09 July 2012, by Des Browne and Wolfgang Ischinger:

Monthly Mind June 2012 - Creating a Europe Free of Nuclear Weapons

It was about a month ago that the Heads of State and Government met at the NATO Summit in Chicago. The gathering was mostly dominated by NATO’s engagement in Afghanistan, a focus which is understandable but not sufficient in the...

18 May 2012, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind May 2012 - Missile Defense makes sense, but only with Russia!

1983: Following the NATO double-track decision, NATO intends to react to the positioning of Soviet SS-20 missiles by setting up its own medium-range systems. Hundreds of thousands of people go out to protest in Bonn. Is an arms...

03 April 2012, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind April 2012 - BMD Before the Chicago NATO Summit – Turning a Game-Breaker into a Game-Changer

The upcoming NATO summit in Chicago marks the tenth anniversary of the NATO-Russia-Council (NRC). For most of its existence, the NRC has not lived up to the high expectations it had raised. Among many issues that have been a...

03 April 2012, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind March 2012 - Germany, Israel and the Iranian nuclear bomb

Several years ago, Harvard professor and security expert Graham Allison described the conflict over Iran's nuclear program as “the Cuban missile crisis in slow motion”. Fortunately, the crisis is not – yet – as urgent and...

03 February 2012, by MSC

Munich Security Conference Goes Social Media­­: Twitter Followers Join the Debate

From this year on, the Munich Security Conference will be present in social networks as internet users can follow the latest conference developments via Twitter and Facebook. The Twitter hashtag for the 48th Munich Security...

03 February 2012, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind Januar 2012 - The Pacific President’s Strategy – Goodbye Europe?

"America’s new strategy is not an abandonment of Europe but an answer to the far-reaching changes in global politics. In a best-case scenario, Obama may even convince Europe to appreciate these changes and to put the...

25 January 2012, by MSC

New Security Policy Ideas: Thomas de Maizière talks to Munich Young Leaders

Thomas de Maizière, the German Minister of Defence, Robert Zoellick, the President of the World Bank, and Amre Moussa, candidate in the Egyptian Presidential Elections, will be talking to the Munich Young Leaders 2012 on the...

08 November 2011, by MSC

Focus on new centers of power: First Munich Security Conference meeting in Beijing

From 20 to 21 November 2011, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) will continue its new Munich Security Conference Core Group series and make its debut in Beijing to discuss China's, India's and other Asian nations' growing role...

08 September 2011, by MSC

Media Accreditation to the 48th Munich Security Conference – Early Registration for Media Representatives Commences

The 48th Munich Security Conference (MSC) is scheduled for 3 to 5 February 2012. Media representatives focusing on foreign, security and economic policy and interested in joining the conference have the opportunity to...

06 April 2011, by MSC

Munich Security Conference establishes a non-profit-making limited liability company

The Munich Security Conference (MSC), which until now has not had any legal form, will be transformed into the non-profit-making Stiftung Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz GmbH (Munich Security Conference Foundation). This is to...

02 February 2011, by MSC

MSC provides live and current information from the conference room

The 47th Munich Security Conference (MSC) from 4 to 6 February 2011 can be accessed live on the internet. In addition to extensive reporting on this year’s security policy issues and discussions on the website...

01 February 2011, by MSC

Alliot-Marie and Schäuble Talk to Young Foreign Policy Leaders

Prominent politicians meet Munich Young Leaders for the third time within the framework of the Munich Security Conference

19 October 2010,

Moscow session of the Munich Security Conference

The Munich Security Conference (MSC) will hold its second MSC Core Group Meeting in Moscow on October 19-20, 2010. After the successful launch of the Munich Security Conference Core Group Meeting in Washington D.C. in 2009, the...

10 September 2010,

Startup to the 47th Munich Security Conference – Early Registration for Media Representatives Commences

The 47th Munich Security Conference (MSC) is scheduled for 4 to 6 February 2011. Until 31 October 2010, a limited number of interested media representatives may avail themselves of the opportunity to obtain registration for...

14 July 2010,

Munich Security Conference supports Russia's changed foreign policy course

In its attempts to modernize the country, Russia is focusing on a new approach to foreign and security policy. Moscow envisages partnerships with the EU and the US. Within the framework of modernization and a new alliance with...

13 April 2010,

European Statement Issued for Washington Nuclear Summit

Jointly with Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, 40 former senior European politicians have directed an appeal to the participants of the nuclear summit held in Washington to show increased responsibility in matters of international...

16 March 2010,

Wolfgang Ischinger to speak before U.S. Congress – Hearing on Euro-Atlantic Security Architecture in the 21st Century

Following an invitation by Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Howard L. Berman, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger is going to attend a hearing on 17 March 2010 before the United States House of Representatives on...

07 February 2010,

Video message of UN-Secretary General

The Video message of UN-Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to the participants of the 46th Munich Security Conference is now available online in the MSC media center at www.securityconference.de.

28 August 2009,

FEBRUARY 3-5, 2012

Munich Security Conference 2012

04 February 2010,

Javier Solana Receives Ewald-von-Kleist Award of the Munich Security Conference for His Lifetime Achievements

For his outstanding leadership advancing the cause of peace Javier Solana, former High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union and Secretary General of NATO, will receive the...

01 July 2009,

FEBRUARY 2-5, 2012

Munich Young Leaders

03 February 2010,

Guttenberg Talks to Young Security Policy Experts

The Munich Young Leaders meet international leaders within the framework of the 46th Munich Security Conference

29 September 2009,

Building Global Bridges: New Internet Presentation of the Munich Security Conference Start of the Accreditation Procedure for Representatives of the Media

The Munich Security Conference (MSC) will be online with a new web page. At the same time this is the start of the accreditation procedure for the media coverage of the 46th Munich Security Conference from 5 to 7 February 2010.In...

16 July 2009, by Tobias Bunde

Present-day crisis diplomacy: seminar at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich lends insights into diplomatic practice

In the summer semester of 2009, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger shared his insights into present-day crisis diplomacy with a group of students at the Geschwister Scholl Institute of the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. What...

10 July 2009, by Ulrich Weisser

The Signal from Munich: A Report on the 45th Munich Security Conference

In the April edition of the Zeitschrift für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik (Journal for Foreign and Security Policy), Vice-Admiral Ulrich Weisser (retd) reports on the 2009 Munich Security Conference.

10 July 2009, by Tobias Bunde

Transatlantic Forum in Berlin: "We must all do more!"

During the Transatlantic Forum on 1 July 2009 in Berlin, Ambassador Ischinger and distinguished experts discussed the current challenges facing the transatlantic partners.

09 February 2009, by Oliver Rolofs

Thaw in International Relations

45th Munich Security Conference Ushers in Political Spring

08 February 2009, by Ernst Hebeker

Growing Pressure on Europe

General Petraeus calls for stronger European commitment in Afghanistan

07 February 2009, by Oliver Rolofs

Focus on European Security

Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy call for international cooperation in the 21st Century

07 February 2009, by Ernst Hebecker

Biden: A New Era of Cooperation

The American vice president starts to outline Barack Obama’s new foreign policy in Munich