Monthly Mind

30 August 2018, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind August 2018: "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

Monthly Mind July 2018: "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

Monthly Mind June 2018: "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

Monthly Mind March 2018: "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

Monthly Mind February 2018: "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

Monthly Mind January 2018: "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

Monthly Mind December 2017: "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

Monthly Mind November 2017: "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

Monthly Mind October 2017: "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

Monthly Mind September 2017: "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

Monthly Mind July 2017: 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

Monthly Mind June 2017: "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

Monthly Mind May 2017: "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

Monthly Mind March 2017: "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

Monthly Mind February 2017: "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

Monthly Mind January 2017: "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

Monthly Mind December 2016: "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

Monthly Mind November 2016: "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

Monthly Mind October 2016: "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

Monthly Mind September 2016: "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

Monthly Mind August 2016: "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

Monthly Mind July 2016: "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

Monthly Mind June 2016: "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

Monthly Mind May 2016: "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

Monthly Mind April 2016: "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

Monthly Mind March 2016: "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

Monthly Mind February 2016: "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

Monthly Mind January 2016: "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

Monthly Mind November 2015: "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

Monthly Mind October 2015: "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

Monthly Mind September 2015: "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

Monthly Mind August 2015: "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

Monthly Mind June 2015: "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

Monthly Mind April 2015: "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

Monthly Mind February 2015: "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

Monthly Mind January 2015: "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...

23 October 2014, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind October 2014: "Why Ukraine Matters - Especially for Asia"

"It should be clear that the Ukraine conflict and its consequences reverberate far beyond Europe’s borders - and that therefore India and others in Asia need to pay close attention," writes Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger in his...

04 September 2014, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind September 2014 - "The Ukraine Crisis and European Security"

The assumption - held for a long time by many in Western Europe - that the members of NATO and EU no longer face any threats to their territorial integrity has been proven wrong. What to do now that Russia is no longer our...

28 August 2014, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind August 2014: "Economics after the Arab Uprisings"

"In the last couple of years, our focus was on political instability and religious extremism. It is now time to redirect it to the socio-economic underpinnings of successful political change", Wolfgang Ischinger writes in his...

27 May 2014, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind June 2014: "Ukraine after the election: only a first step"

"[W]hile there is reason for some guarded optimism after the election, extremely difficult work lies ahead," Wolfgang Ischinger, who co-moderated the "round tables" in Ukraine at the request of the OSCE, writes in his column...

06 May 2014, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind May 2014: "The Crisis of Euro-Atlantic Security"

As keynote speaker at the Ahtisaari Symposium at the Woodrow Wilson Center, the chairman of the Munich Security Conference emphasized the necessity to review and comprehensively reaffirm the principles of the European peace order...

23 April 2014, by Gérard Errera and Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind April 2014 - "France and Germany must rebuild their relationship, for the good of Europe"

The Franco-German relationship is in urgent need of new impulses, Gérard Errera and Wolfgang Ischinger write. "The risk is that instead of rapprochement, mutual tensions will increase, and the pair will drift even further apart....

17 March 2014, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind March 2014 - On the Brink of a Major Breakthrough? The German Ministry of Defense on the Path to a More European Military Procurement Policy

The German Defense Minister, Ursula von der Leyen, has identified armaments policy as a key problem area, and has drawn various conclusions. The Ministry's armaments policy as a whole is being reviewed. There is talk throughout...

27 February 2014, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind February 2014: "It's not going to work without Russia"

At an event of the "Ost-Ausschuss der Deutschen Wirtschaft" (German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations) in Berlin, Wolfgang Ischinger addressed the current state of German and European relations with Russia. "I am...

30 January 2014, by Wolfgang Ischinger and Tobias Bunde

Monthly Mind Januar 2014 - The Western Alliance in the Digital Age

This weekend, Helmut Schmidt and Henry Kissinger will participate in a discussion at the Munich Security Conference (MSC) – just as they did a half-century ago, when they took part in the first “Internationale...

13 December 2013, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mond December 2013 - Germany's Same Old Foreign Policy

More than ten weeks after its general election, Germany continues to be without a new government. But, though the post-election coalition negotiations have been unusually prolonged, there is little disagreement between the...

15 November 2013, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind November 2013 - Restoring Trans-Atlantic Trust

In the wake of revelations that the American government tapped the cellphone of Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, trans-Atlantic relations have reached a low point not seen since the Iraq war. In fact, the current crisis may...

31 October 2013, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind October 2013 - German power and German responsibility

Fortunately, the worries that some of our neighbors had some 20 years ago, namely that Germany may have to be feared again, have not come true. And yet, as Timothy Garton Ash said at the Munich Security Conference in 2012, we...

30 August 2013, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind September 2013 - "The Syrian Hell - Why We Must Not Forget The Lessons From Bosnia"

Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference

Tens of thousands of deaths in a country that lies not too far south-east of us. An extremely complicated military conflict in which the most varied lines of interest converge. A US president who is particularly reluctant to...

09 July 2013, by Wolfgang Ischinger and Friedbert Pflüger

Monthly Mind July 2013 - The Geopolitics of the US Shale Revolution

There is little that is better suited to highlighting the significance of the shale revolution in North America than Qatar's decision, as the world's leading exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG), to move into north American...

03 June 2013, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind June 2013 - "Standing Idly By - No Longer"

After two years of Western passivity and Russian and Chinese blockade in the UN Security Council, the firestorm European politicians like to incessantly warn of has now materialized: Close to 100,000 deaths, a collapsing state...

26 April 2013, by Thomas Enders and Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind May 2013 - The Capability Gap

In the years since the finance and debt crisis began, we in Europe have talked a great deal about our integration as a financial and currency zone. As committed Europeans, we support these efforts. At the same time, the...

08 March 2013, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind March 2013 - Europe's Security, Europe's Responsibility

The integration of security policy continues to be one of Europe's key future challenges.

01 February 2013, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind February 2013 - Towards a renewed transatlantic bond

"On both sides of the Atlantic, we seem to have this feeling that our affection for one another needs to be constantly reaffirmed. Where does this insecurity come from?"

31 January 2013, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind January 2013 - To Damascus, the road runs through Moscow

"As the NATO-Russia relationship grows stronger and deeper, conflict resolution outside the Euro-Atlantic region will become more likely – not only in Syria," Wolfgang Ischinger writes in his "Monthly Mind" column.

31 December 2012, by Wolfgang Ischinger

December 2012 - A make or break moment for European Security and Defense Policy

"Europe’s ability to be a capable security actor is at stake. Americans won’t invest and will not be invested in European defense if Europe doesn’t start moving in the right direction. And the window for Europe to do something...

30 November 2012, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind November 2012 - Britain's place in Europe

Speaking at a conference in Berlin in October of 2012, British Foreign Secretary William Hague observed that “public disillusionment with the EU in Britain is the deepest it has ever been.“ While large segments of British society...

01 October 2012, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind October 2012 - A Special Relationship: The United States, Germany, and Israel

On November 6, Germany will be in election fever. TV channels will provide special coverage of the US Presidential elections all night long. Many Germans will meet at private events or public election parties, as experts shed...

06 September 2012, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind September 2012 - The Bundestag should have a say

The course that the Syrian crisis has taken to date would appear to demonstrate that, after its experience with Iraq and Afghanistan, the West is no longer prepared to get involved in any more military interventions, at least for...

09 July 2012, by Des Browne and Wolfgang Ischinger:

Monthly Mind June 2012 - Creating a Europe Free of Nuclear Weapons

It was about a month ago that the Heads of State and Government met at the NATO Summit in Chicago. The gathering was mostly dominated by NATO’s engagement in Afghanistan, a focus which is understandable but not sufficient in the...

18 May 2012, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind May 2012 - Missile Defense makes sense, but only with Russia!

1983: Following the NATO double-track decision, NATO intends to react to the positioning of Soviet SS-20 missiles by setting up its own medium-range systems. Hundreds of thousands of people go out to protest in Bonn. Is an arms...

03 April 2012, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind April 2012 - BMD Before the Chicago NATO Summit – Turning a Game-Breaker into a Game-Changer

The upcoming NATO summit in Chicago marks the tenth anniversary of the NATO-Russia-Council (NRC). For most of its existence, the NRC has not lived up to the high expectations it had raised. Among many issues that have been a...

03 April 2012, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind March 2012 - Germany, Israel and the Iranian nuclear bomb

Several years ago, Harvard professor and security expert Graham Allison described the conflict over Iran's nuclear program as “the Cuban missile crisis in slow motion”. Fortunately, the crisis is not – yet – as urgent and...

03 February 2012, by Wolfgang Ischinger

Monthly Mind Januar 2012 - The Pacific President’s Strategy – Goodbye Europe?

"America’s new strategy is not an abandonment of Europe but an answer to the far-reaching changes in global politics. In a best-case scenario, Obama may even convince Europe to appreciate these changes and to put the...