Food for Thought

13 February 2019, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Food for Thought: "Who will pick up the pieces?"

"At the Munich Security Conference 2019, we have to think about how we can preserve the core pieces of the international order," writes MSC Chairman Wolfgang Ischinger.

12 December 2018, by Wilfried Karl

Food for Thought: "Digital Sovereignty" – making Germany future-proof?

Digitisation poses a number of challenges to the ability of German security authorities to act, writes Wilfried Karl, Director of the Central Office for Information Technology in the Security Sector (ZITiS).

25 September 2018, by Manuel Muñiz

Food for Thought: "The transatlantic alliance is destroying itself from within"

The transatlantic relationship is under threat, for instance from major powers like Russia and China, or so we hear. In fact, it is domestic problems that pose the far greater threat, writes Munich Young Leader Manuel Muñiz, Dean...

30 August 2018, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Food for Thought: "Donald Trump and the End of America's Benign Hegemony"

With Trump putting "America First", Europe needs a Plan B for a future without the U.S. as the liberal hegemon, writes Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference.

30 July 2018, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Food for Thought: "Conflict management – go big or go home"

If Germany wants to address current conflicts around the world, half-hearted efforts will not do. After all, effective crisis management requires both civilian and military means, writes Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich...

11 June 2018, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Food for Thought: "Germany: from poster child to whipping boy?"

Until recently, Germany was regarded as a poster child of political and economic stability in Europe – and Chancellor Merkel even as the leader of the free world. Today though, everyone is picking on Germany. How to get out of...

23 March 2018, by Jennifer Morgan

Food for Thought: "The security issue we must not ignore – climate change"

The "threat of climate change is leading to growing instability, fear, crisis and potential conflict," writes Jennifer Morgan of Greenpeace as she reflects on how environmental changes pose dangerous new security challenges.

15 February 2018, by Des Browne, Wolfgang Ischinger, Igor Ivanov, Sam Nunn

Food for Thought: "Preventing Nuclear Conflict in Europe"

"The United States, Russia, and Europe can and must cooperate on areas of vital common interest," argues Wolfgang Ischinger in an op-ed co-authored with Des Browne, Igor Ivanov, and Sam Nunn for Project Syndicate.

29 January 2018, by Steven Pifer

Food for Thought: "Arms and the Men"

The nuclear arms control regime is in danger — and neither Vladimir Putin nor Donald Trump appear committed to saving it. Yet given enough political will, a solution could be found readily, argues arms control expert Steven Pifer.

13 December 2017, by Wolfgang Ischinger / Stefano Stefanini

Food for Thought: "There is more at stake in Brexit than just trade"

In the area of defense cooperation, even after Brexit, "the EU has everything to gain and nothing to lose from continuing constructive engagement and cooperation with the UK, a permanent member of the UN Security Council," write...

30 November 2017, by Wolfgang Ischinger / Frank Mattern

Food for Thought: "Now or Never: Toward More European, More Connected, and More Capable Armed Forces"

In November the Munich Security Conference, together with McKinsey & Co. and the Hertie School of Governance, published a new report on how to streamline European defense spending titled "More European, More Connected and More...

24 October 2017, by Caroline Schmutte

Food for Thought: "New partnerships for global health security"

"Lack of preparedness for an epidemic in one country directly increases the risk for people everywhere," writes Caroline Schmutte of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation about the link between health and global security.

29 September 2017, by Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

Food for Thought: "The Challenge of the Arctic"

Once a geopolitical afterthought, today's Arctic is a dynamic field of international cooperation. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Chairman of the Arctic Circle, asks how we can harness its economic and strategic potential in the future.

01 July 2017, by Des Browne, Wolfgang Ischinger, Igor Ivanov, Sam Nunn

Food for Thought: An Open Letter to Presidents Trump and Putin

"Restarting bilateral military-to-military dialogue between the United States and Russia, essential throughout the Cold War, should be an immediate and urgent priority. The focus of these initiatives should be on reducing risks...

27 June 2017, by Tim Höttges

Food for Thought: "Stopping the Downward Spiral"

"The time has come for a digital Geneva Convention", argues Telekom CEO Tim Höttges. "We should think on an intergovernmental level and strive for a legally binding treaty that condemns all kinds of cyber attacks."

24 May 2017, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Food for Thought: "Broadening the Two-Percent Debate"

What will the burden-sharing discussions at the NATO summit in Brussels bring? Wolfgang Ischinger argues: "If America wants more balanced burden-sharing and enhanced European contributions to tackle our joint security challenges,...

27 March 2017, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Food for Thought: "Big League – More Europe, Not Less"

"We should consider introducing a new foreign policy guideline such as a 'three percent criterion' for more international commitment: we should spend at least 3 % of our GDP for crisis prevention, development assistance, and...

15 February 2017, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Food for Thought: "How Europe Should Deal With Trump"

"Instead of waiting in fear of the next Trump tweet, we Europeans should lay the foundations for a Europe that is strong, capable of taking action, and committed to Western values," argues MSC chairman Wolfgang Ischinger in an...

05 January 2017, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Food for Thought: "The European Union Can Emerge From 2017 Stronger, If It Survives"

"Next year could be the most consequential for Europe since the Berlin Wall fell, or maybe even since the end of World War II," argues MSC chairman Wolfgang Ischinger in an op-ed for TIME. "It is no exaggeration to say that the...

19 December 2016, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Food for Thought: "A Call to Arms Control"

"The current situation is more dangerous than at any time since the end of the Cold War" writes Wolfang Ischinger in the December issue of our "Monthly Mind" column. "This is why there is great urgency to enhance transparency and...

14 November 2016, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Food for Thought: "Don't Make the World Afraid Again"

"What should Europe expect from Trump?," asks Wolfgang Ischinger in an op-ed for "The New York Times" in the aftermath of the US presidential election.

28 October 2016, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Food for Thought: "China's Rise: Still the Most Important Strategic Issue"

"Nothing can alter the global order as much as China’s ambitions and its growing political and economic weight. Nothing would be as fatal and disruptive as an armed conflict in the Pacific region", Wolfgang Ischinger writes in...

28 September 2016, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Food for Thought: "Rules, Resources and Expertise: Gearing Up for the Digital Age"

Do we have an adequate security strategy for the digital age?, asks MSC chairman Wolfgang Ischinger in our new Monthly Mind column on the occasion of the 4th MSC Cyber Security Summit on September 19/20 at Stanford University.

31 August 2016, by Børge Brende

Food for Thought: "Strengthening, Not Politicizing Global Energy Markets"

"In a complex global security environment, we must avoid politicizing the energy markets. This is not only vital for the security of energy supply. It is also fundamental for maintaining and strengthening the world order that has...

06 July 2016, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Food for Thought: "The Russia Paradox: How to Deal with an Aggressive, yet Weak Power"

Just ahead of NATO's Warsaw summit: Where do the West and Russia stand, and what should we do?, asks MSC Chairman Wolfgang Ischinger in our new "Monthly Mind" column on the occasion of the MSC European Defence Roundtable in...

21 June 2016, by François Heisbourg

Food for Thought: "Brexit and European Security"

What would Brexit mean for European security? "Brexit would unleash a trifecta of political forces – souverainisme, federalism and separatism – which separately or in combination would have far-reaching consequences for Britain’s...

20 May 2016, by Tobias Bunde

Food for Thought: "NATO Back on Dual-Track?"

What should be key elements of NATO's future strategy towards Russia? "To send a signal of unity and resolve, supported across the Alliance, [...] NATO needs both deterrence and dialogue," argues Tobias Bunde, Head of Policy and...

14 April 2016, by Olusegun Obasanjo, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and Wolfgang Ischinger

Food for Thought: "Africa and the Jihadist Threat"

"The list of places in Europe and Africa that have suffered from jihadist terrorism is rapidly growing [...]. The challenge for policymakers on both continents is to contain the rise of terrorism without eroding hard-won...

31 March 2016, by Jean-Marie Guéhenno

Food for Thought: "Answering the Threats Posed by the Islamic State"

How can and should Europe, and the international community as a whole, respond to the terrorist attacks in Brussels and elsewhere?, asks Jean-Marie Guéhenno, President and CEO of the International Crisis Group, in our latest...

11 February 2016, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Food for Thought: "Boundless Crises, Reckless Spoilers, and Helpless Guardians"

"The international order may be in its worst shape since the end of the Cold War. Those trying to keep the peace are overwhelmed and often helpless in the face of seemingly endless crises and reckless spoilers. When world leaders...

25 January 2016, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Food for Thought: "Back From the Brink, Back to Diplomacy"

What can be done to restore security and cooperation in Europe? "We do not need new rules, but [...] we need to create a context where the existing rules can work," argues Wolfgang Ischinger, MSC Chairman and Chairperson of the...

18 November 2015, by Nathalie Tocci

Food for Thought: "The EU's Strategic Reflection on an EU Global Strategy"

A world that is increasingly connected, contested and complex - what does this strategic assessment, presented by High Representative Mogherini in June, mean for a new EU Global Strategy?, asks Nathalie Tocci in our latest...

26 October 2015, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Food for Thought: "Germany and Russia: From Failure to a New Beginning?"

"When we take stock of 25 years of German-Russian relations, we have to acknowledge that – unfortunately – our vision of a partnership of trust has failed," Wolfgang Ischinger writes in our latest Monthly Mind column and outlines...

24 September 2015, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Food for Thought: "Responses to the Refugee Crisis: Elements of a Foreign Policy Strategy"

"Which could be elements of a strategy which can help us better deal with the root causes of this major catastrophe in the Middle East?", Wolfgang Ischinger asks in our latest Monthly Mind column.

31 August 2015, by Scott Charney, Microsoft

Food for Thought: "Norms, Transparency, and User Control - Managing Risks for IT Products and Cloud Services"

"The world needs a way to better manage these risks. The answer lies in cybersecurity norms, vendor transparency, and user control," argues Scott Charney of Microsoft in our latest Monthly Mind column on the occasion of the MSC's...

26 June 2015, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Food for Thought: "A Western Dual Strategy for Ukraine"

How can the West strengthen its defence capabilities and support Ukraine, while cooperating constructively with Russia?, asks Wolfgang Ischinger in his latest Monthly Mind column.

28 April 2015, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Food for Thought: "The World According to Kissinger"

"Kissinger’s book is a gift to all of those who care about global order and seek to stave off conflict in the twenty-first century", Wolfgang Ischinger writes in his book review of "World Order" for the journal "Foreign Affairs"....

25 February 2015, by Wolfgang Ischinger / Adrian Oroz

Food for Thought: "The Fog of Disorder"

Which emerging threat is the world missing right now? After a truly horrendous year for international peace and security, this question today is even more important than usual for the international strategic community.

28 January 2015, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Food for Thought: "A Task of Generations"

"The West must adopt a new dual strategy toward Russia," Wolfgang Ischinger writes in an essay for the journal "Internationale Politik". "In breaking the rule of no unilateral change of borders, Moscow has done serious damage to...