MSC 2018 – Agenda and list of participants released

From Friday until Sunday, more than 30 heads of state and government and over 100 cabinet ministers from across the globe come together at the Munich Security Conference (MSC) for discussions on major international security challenges. As the conference begins, the details on the agenda and a complete list of participants are now available.

German Minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen will address the Munich audience on Friday afternoon (Photo: MSC).

*The full program and list of participants is available for download on the MSC website.*


The first conference day will begin with opening statements by German and French Defense Ministers Ursula von der Leyen and Florence Parly as well as UN Secretary-General António Guterres, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, and the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Al-Thani. Subsequently, the participants will discuss the prospects of future European cooperation in security policy as well as persistent threats to the liberal international order.


On Saturday morning, the President of the EU Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, the British, French and Turkish Prime Ministers Theresa May, Edouard Philippe, and Binali Yıldırım, as well as the German Minister of Foreign Affairs Sigmar Gabriel will address the audience in Munich. In the afternoon, several discussion rounds will cover topics such as security challenges in the Sahel region and in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as nuclear arms control issues and the continued threat posed by jihadist terrorism and. Senator John McCain will be awarded with this year’s Ewald von Kleist Award on Saturday evening.


The MSC 2018 will conclude on Sunday with a debate between members of the American Congress and discussions focusing on the current political tensions in the Gulf region. In this context, among others, the foreign ministers of Iran and Saudi Arabia, Mohammad Javad Zarif and Adel Al-Jubeir, will address the conference guests at Hotel Bayerischer Hof.


The full program and list of participants is now available for download on the MSC website. There, the interested public can also access select analyses, an overview of media coverage, numerous photo series, videos and more. The debates in Munich can be followed in different ways, including live broadcasts and extensive social media coverage on Twitter und Facebook for impressions both on the stage and behind the scenes of the Munich Security Conference 2018.

16 February 2018, by MSC