Wolfgang Ischinger honored with Nunn-Lugar Award for Promoting Nuclear Security

MSC Chairman Wolfgang Ischinger was honored by the Carnegie Corporation and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace with the fourth Nunn-Lugar Award for Promoting Nuclear Security on February 17 during the MSC 2018.

From left: Thomas H. Kean, Vartan Gregorian, and Sam Nunn present the Nunn-Lugar Award to Wolfgang Ischinger at the MSC 2018 (Photo: MSC / Kuhlmann).

Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP) established the international award in 2012 in honor of former U.S. senators Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar. The award recognizes individuals and institutions whose work has helped to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons and reduce the risks of their use.


Governor Thomas H. Kean, board chairman of Carnegie Corporation of New York, and Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation of New York, were joined by Senator Nunn, co-chair of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), in presenting the award to Ambassador Ischinger.


"It's a special honor – and really an unexpected honor – to receive the Nunn-Lugar Award, named after two so distinguished and important pioneers and leaders of a world free of nuclear risks," said Ambassador Ischinger. "It is wonderful privilege for me to join a truly stellar group of recipients of this award. And I want to stress that I accept this award on behalf of my entire team as an encouragement for us to continue to highlight the various nuclear risks, threats and danger our world faces and will continue to be facing. We will use the prize money to strengthen the work of the Munich Security Conference Foundation."


He added that, in the spirit of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, "nuclear policy and nuclear security is not only something for the nuclear 'haves' to worry about; it is also something for the non-nuclear countries, like my own, to worry about."


"The Nunn-Lugar Award pays tribute to Ambassador Ischinger's abilities as a skillful negotiator whose inexhaustible efforts have spanned more than four decades of peacemaking," said Governor Kean. "Through his leadership of the Munich Security Conference, the ambassador has provided the international community with a critically important forum for grappling with the fear and uncertainty caused by the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the escalation of threats."


"The Munich Security Conference is the most important gathering of international security experts and policymakers from around the world, and provides an essential forum for diplomacy and communication to prevent nuclear conflict," said Carnegie Corporation of New York's Gregorian. "The conference's significance and success is due to Ambassador Ischinger’s remarkable leadership."


Speaking about the mounting dangers of nuclear proliferation, Sam Nunn said, "Wolfgang Ischinger knows all of that, but more importantly he does something about it – not just at this conference, but every single day and every single year." On behalf of Richard Lugar and himself, he added, "Wolfgang, you richly deserve this award. Keep up the good work."


Watch the full video of the Nunn-Lugar Award presentation at the Munich Security Conference 2018 in our media library.

About Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger

Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger has been Chairman of the Munich Security Conference since 2008. He is Senior Professor for Security Policy and Diplomatic Practice at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Tübingen.


From 2001 to 2006, he served as German Ambassador in Washington, DC, and, from 2006 to 2008, in London. In 2007, he also represented the EU in the Troika negotiations on the future of Kosovo. In 2014 Ambassador Ischinger served as the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office in the Ukraine crisis.

About the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP) is a unique global network of policy research centers in Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East, India, and the United States. CEIP’s mission, dating back more than a century, is to advance peace through analysis and the development of fresh policy ideas and direct engagement and collaboration with decision makers in government, business, and civil society. Working together, its centers bring multiple national viewpoints to bilateral, regional, and global issues.

20 February 2018, by MSC