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 edition is called "Collapsing Order, Reluctant Guardians?"

In addition to providing short summaries of key issues, the report features a selection of some of the most insightful analyses, charts, and maps of the last twelve months. The report is primarily meant as a conversation starter for the debates at the Munich Security Conference and background reading for MSC participants, but is also available to the interested public. To download the report click here.

Topics of this year's report include the Ukraine crisis, a survey of recent developments in jihadist extremism, new challenges such as hybrid warfare, and the global refugee crisis.

A few selected highlights: 

  • A poll by TNS Infratest for the Munich Security Report underlines that Germans continue to view a more active German engagement in international crises skeptically. Only 34% (2014: 37%) are in favor of a stronger engagement, while 62% argue that Germany should continue to exercise restraint (2014: 60%).
  • In an analysis for the MSR, the Institute for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence at King’s College London documents the rise in foreign fighters who are joining jihadist groups in Iraq and Syria. The research shows that by now 1.200 fighters from France and 500-600 from Germany have found their way to Syria and Iraq. The number of fighters hailing from Central Asia, for instance, has also risen significantly.
  • New data from "The Military Balance 2015," prepared by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, show a further reduction in military capabilities in Europe. In Western Europe, for instance, military spending declined by 8.4% between 2010 and 2014.

The report, which the MSC prepared in cooperation with numerous renowned research institutions, will be presented on the evening of 26 January during the traditional MSC Kickoff event in Berlin. The presentation and following debate on German foreign policy will be streamed live in German on the MSC webpage.

About the Munich Security Conference

Over the past five decades the Munich Security Conference (MSC) has become a key annual gathering for the international "strategic community." Since its foundation in 1963 as "Internationale Wehrkunde-Begegnung," the MSC has been an independent forum dedicated to promoting peaceful conflict resolution and international cooperation and dialogue in dealing with today’s and future security challenges. It has especially focused on the transatlantic partnership.

In addition to the traditional annual conference in Munich in early February, the MSC has developed smaller formats, including, in particular, the Energy Security Summit (6/7 May 2015 in Berlin), the MSC Core Group Meetings in capitals around the world (16/17 June in Vienna), and the European Defence Summit (15/16 September in Brussels).

26 January 2015, by MSC