MSC 2018: Munich Security Conference a Hub for Think Tank and NGO events
On Friday, the Munich Security Conference 2018 will start at Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich. As in previous years, more than one hundred side events will be held during the conference days to facilitate dialogue among the participants and to allow research institutions, NGOs and others to present and discuss critical issues they work on. These events are highly interactive and bring together small groups of conference guests.
Some of the side events are directly organized by the Munich Security Conference (MSC). These include roundtables on transatlantic security, on the impact of technology on geopolitics and international relations, on arctic security, on deterrence and appropriate responses in the realm of cybersecurity and on human security.
Other events – including breakfast sessions, panel discussions, lunches, workshops, and night cap sessions hosted by MSC partner organizations – focus on issues such as the South China Sea dispute, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, bioterrorism, the renewed momentum of European defense cooperation, security policy in the Sahel, and corruption.
Many internationally renowned institutions and organizations, including the United Nations, the World Food Program, the German development agency GIZ , the International Committee of the Red Cross, the OSCE, and NATO, will use the MSC platform to host discussion sessions and workshops on current topics on the international security agenda, present new insights, and bring together key decision-makers from particular fields of expertise. Similarly, international NGOs and research institutions, such as Transparency International, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, as well as corporate partners like Siemens, Microsoft and Airbus, will organize discussions and other events on the sidelines of the conference.
In addition to these events, which are exclusively for conference participants, there will also be events open to the general public. These include a joint literature series with the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels and several events on technology and cyber issues. Just ahead of the conference, on February 15, the MSC invites the interested public to a town hall meeting titled "The Force Awakens: Artificial Intelligence and Modern Conflict" at Hotel Bayerischer Hof. Afterwards, the MSC Innovation Night offers interested guests an opportunity to explore the ramifications of new disruptive technologies and their interconnectedness with politics and the military.
An overview of these selected events open to the public can be found here.