MSC 2018: Events for the public

The Munich Security Conference 2018 does not only take place in the main conference halls of Hotel Bayerischer Hof. Rather, there are also numerous events for the general public in Munich over the weekend.

The audience at last year's #2017 event at Hotel Bayerischer Hof. (Photo: MSC / Kuhlmann)

Like last year, you are welcome to follow the debates at Hotel Bayerischer Hof via Twitter, Facebook and livestream on the MSC homepage. In addition, however, there will be several events on security policy issues in Munich that will be open to the public. These include, for example, a joint literature series with the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, as well as several public events on technology and cyber issues. On the eve of the conference, the MSC will host a public discussion event titled "#MSC2018: The Force Awakens: Artificial Intelligence and Modern Conflict" at Hotel Bayerischer Hof, the venue of the Munich Security Conference.




The following is a selection of public events accompanying the 54th Munich Security Conference:



Thursday, February 15


4 pm – 6 pm

#MSC 2018 – The Force Awakens: Artificial Intelligence and Modern Conflict

Main Conference Hall, Hotel Bayerischer Hof


Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia

Darryl A. Williams, Lieutenant General, Commander of the NATO Allied Land Command

Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Former Secretary General of NATO

Mary Wareham, Coordinator, Campaign to Stop Killer Robots


David E. Sanger, Columnist, New York Times, New York

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7 pm – 8:30 pm

TUM Speaker Series with Kofi Annan, Former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Technical University of Munich and the Global Perspectives Initiative

Audimax, Technical University of Munich

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7 pm – 9 pm

MSC Innovation Night

MSC, Cyber Innovation Hub of the Federal Armed Forces, and Bavarian State Ministry for the Economy

Komödie, Hotel Bayerischer Hof

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Friday, February 16


7 pm – 9 pm

Security and Literature Series: "Das Europäische Haus - Tür, Tor und Notausgänge"

MSC and Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels

Literaturhaus München

with Robert Menasse, Writer, Laureate of the Deutscher Buchpreis 2018, Vienna

moderated by Alexander Kluge, Producer, Laureate of the Deutscher Filmpreis 2008, Munich

This event will be held in German.

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8 pm – 9:30 pm

TUM Speaker Series with Eric Schmidt, Former Executive Chairman, Alphabet Inc.

Technical University of Munich

Audimax, Technical University of Munich

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Saturday, February 17


3 pm – 5 pm

A Neglected Dimension of Security Policy? The Struggle for Freedom of Religion in the Middle East

Hanns Seidel Foundation



Béchara Raï, Maronite Patriarch of Antiochia, Maronite Church, Bkerké

Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak, Patriarch, Coptic Catholic Patriarchate of Alexandria, Cairo


6 pm - 8 pm

Security and Literature Series: "Georgian Politics and Literature"

MSC and Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels

Literaturhaus München


Giorgi Kvirkashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia

Mikheil Janelidze, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

Levan Izoria, Minister of Defense of Georgia

Mikheil Giorgadze, Minister of Culture and Sport of Georgia

Zurab Karumidze, Author

Aleksandre Kartozia, Author

Aka Morchladze, Author


Knut Cordsen, Moderator und Journalist, Bayerischer Rundfunk

The event will be followed by a reception with wine and delicacies from Georgia.

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Sunday, February 18


9:30 am – 11 am

Challenges for the German Security Policy in Africa

University of the Federal Armed Forces, Munich



Niels Annen, Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Bundestag, SPD Parliamentary Group, Berlin

Reinhard Brandl, Member of the Committee on Defense, Bundestag, CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group, Berlin

Thomas Brillisauer, German Defense Attaché in West Africa, Federal Armed Forces, Abuja

Karl-Otto Zentel, Secretary General, CARE Deutschland-Luxemburg e.V., Bonn


Carlo Masala, Professor for International Politics, Universität der Bundeswehr, München

This event will be held in German.

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1 pm - 3 pm

The Interplay between Global Health and Security

Junges Forum der Gesellschaft für Außenpolitik



Margaret Bourdeaux, Harvard Medical School

Jillann Farmer, Director, Medical Service Devision United Nations Headquarter

Anja Opitz, Head of Section for International Relations at the Akademie für Politische Bildung Tutzing

Julian Reichelt, Editor-in-Chief of Bild

Carolin Schmutte, Head of Germany Relations, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Michael Tempel, Surgeon General, Federal Armed Forces


Stephen Morrison, Vice President of the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)

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05 February 2018, by MSC