50 Years of MSC

Towards Mutual Security - Fifty Years of Munich Security Conference

"Towards Mutual Security. Fifty Years of Munich Security Conference" (Photo: Kuhlmann).

On the occasion of the 50th Munich Security Conference in 2014, the Munich Security Conference Foundation has published the volume "Towards Mutual Security. Fifty Years of Munich Security Conference."


In the book, numerous prominent participants, including former and current heads of state and government as well as foreign and defense ministers and leaders of international organizations, reflect on the conference’s history and significance, some of the major issues debated in Munich, and on key security challenges facing the international community.



German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US Vice President Joseph R. Biden open the volume with anniversary messages. Authors include Helmut Schmidt, John Kerry, Chuck Hagel, John McCain, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Carl Bildt, Radosław Sikorski, Kevin Rudd, Igor Ivanov, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, George Robertson, Javier Solana, Keith B. Alexander, and Toomas Hendrik Ilves, among many others.


Further information

The book was published on January, 22nd, 2014, by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, a German publishing house based in Göttingen. It is published in English and is supplemented by numerous photographs from the conference’s history. Additional information and material can be found on the publishing house's website, www.v-r.de. There, as well as through the usual retailers, the book can also be ordered.



The table of contents is available for download here.


These select essays from the book can be downloaded exclusively on our site:

Wolfgang Ischinger, Toward Mutual Security: From Wehrkunde to the Munich Security Conference.

William S. Cohen, Little Patience for Frivolous Speeches - A Personal Rememberance of Wehrkunde and Ewald von Kleist.

Strobe Talbott, Atlanticism in the Era of Globalization.