Focus on the Arab world: First Munich Security Conference meeting in Doha, Qatar (Update)

The 4th MSC Core Group Meeting will focus on the Near and Middle East and will be held in Doha, Qatar, from May 21 to May 22, 2013.

The Munich Security Conference (MSC) continues its successful MSC Core Group Meeting series with a new regional focus on the Middle East and Gulf Region. On 21 and 22 May, the Munich Security Conference will meet in Doha, Qatar for the first time.

Following the successful Core Group Conferences in Washington (2009), Moscow (2010) and Beijing (2011), the fourth Munich Security Conference Core Group Meeting in Doha will focus on the Arab region.

Hosted by the Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, around 50 senior decision makers and government, business and civil society representatives from Europe, the United States and the Middle East and Gulf Region are going to discuss the most pressing questions of global and regional security against the background of the enduring developments in the Arab region.

The host nation Qatar will be represented by Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani as well as by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Minister of State al Attiyah.

The following prominent speakers and participants are expected at the MSC Core Group Meeting in Doha:

•    Tawakkul Karman, Yemeni Nobel Peace Price Laureate
•    Mohamed Emhemed Abdul Aziz, Libya’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
•    Javier Solana, former High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and former Secretary General of NATO
•    Anne Ruth Herkes, German State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economy and Technology
•    Ruprecht Polenz, Member of the German Bundestag and Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs,
•    Jane Harman, former member of the U.S. Congress and Director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
•    Stephen Hadley, former U.S. National Security Advisor
•    Dr. Sami Al-Faraj, President, Kuwait Center for Strategic Studies, Kuwait City
•    Prof. Dr. Uzi Arad, Former National Security Advisor and Head of the National Security Council of the State of Israel; Founding Director, IDC Herzliya’s Institute for Policy and Strategy, Herzliya
•    Nikolaus von Bomhard, Chairman Munich Re
•    Nemir Kirdar, Chairman Investcorp

The topics of the MSC Core Group meeting include the Arab awakening and the current situation in the Middle East, which also have an effect on Europe and the global stability. Moreover, the meeting will focus on the escalating conflict in Syria, Iran's disputed nuclear program and the idea of a regional nuclear free zone.

Furthermore, questions of regional cooperation and stability with regard to the increasing role of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) or the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) as well as on energy and resource security in the light of the US shale revolution will be discussed in the Doha conference sessions.  

Attendance of media representatives:

Please note that the MSC Core Group Meeting will be held as a closed meeting under the "Chatham House Rules". For this reason we kindly ask for your understanding that only a limited number of media representatives will be admitted to follow the opening sessions on Tuesday evening, May 21 and Wednesday morning May 22 at the Sheraton Doha Hotel Resort as stated in the attached agenda. Furthermore, we are happy to offer interview opportunities with selected participants during the MSC Core Group Meeting.


For further information, interview or accreditation requests please contact the press spokesperson Oliver Rolofs at

About the Munich Security Conference Core Group Meeting

The “Munich Security Conference Core Group Meeting” has been taking place annually since 2009. It is as a small, high-ranking meeting in the context of the Munich Security Conference (MSC). The first meeting took place in Washington in November 2009, followed by a second meeting in Moscow in October 2010 and finally a third meeting in Beijing in November 2011. The idea is to focus on new regional issues and invite a number of distinguished and high-ranking participants to changing capitals and give them the opportunity to confidentially discuss current international security policy issues and develop sustainable solutions.

20 May 2013, by MSC