MSC partners with Doha Forum 2018 to discuss Middle East Cyber Issues

The Munich Security Conference (MSC), together with the European Council on Foreign Relations and the International Crisis Group, will act as a strategic partner of this year's Doha Forum, which is organised annually by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar. In doing so, the MSC will co-host a panel discussion on cyber security issues in the Middle East.

A view of the Doha skyline (Photo: Francisco Anzola, CC BY-SA 2.0)

At the Doha Forum, which will take place on 15 and 16 December in Qatar's capital, the MSC will co-host a lunch discussion and a panel debate. At the lunch discussion, Sigmar Gabriel (former German Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister) and Marietje Schaake (Member of the ALDE Group in the European Parliament), together with numerous other high-ranking participants, will debate current security dynamics and the shifting order in the Middle East. Additionally, the Doha Forum and the MSC are co-hosting a panel discussion titled "Bit by Bit: Enforcing Norms in Cyberspace" moderated by Karin von Hippel (Director of the Royal United Services Institute), during which Hessa Al Jaber (Vice Chairperson of the Qatar Satellite Company), Latha Reddy (Co-Chair of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyber Space) and Marietje Schaake will discuss prospects for regional cooperation in terms of cyber security and the question of norms in cyber space. MSC Chairman Wolfgang Ischinger will also moderate the opening discussion of the main programme of the Doha Forum themed “Global Order Revisited: Old Actors, New Alliances".

In the coming days, the MSC will provide further information on MSC activities in Doha on Twitter, Facebook and on our website.

About the MSC
Over the course of the past five decades, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) has developed into the world’s leading forum for the debate of international security policy. Each February, it brings together more than 450 senior decision-makers and thought-leaders from around the world to engage in an intensive debate on current and future challenges. Repeatedly rated as the "Best Think Tank Conference" in the world, the MSC provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to discuss policy at the highest level in a protected and informal space. In addition to its annual flagship conference, the MSC regularly convenes high-profile events on particular topics and regions and publishes the Munich Security Report. Our goal will always be to provide the best possible platforms for an open exchange of opinions, ideas, and solutions on the critical security policy issues of our time. In addition to its annual flagship conference, the MSC regularly convenes high-profile events on particular topics and regions. This includes Core Group Meetings, which have a regional focus, as well as thematic tracks, such as the Cyber Security and Technology Series, the Human Security Series, the Economic and Resource Security, and the Defence and Security Policy Series, with Summits and Roundtables in different cities around the world.

11 December 2018, by MSC