Munich Security Report

Munich Security Report 2018: "To the Brink - and Back?"

For international security, the year 2017 was marked – among others – by signs of a continued erosion of the so-called liberal international order and an increasingly unpredictable US foreign policy. Tensions in many parts of the world have been growing: the rhetoric between the US and North Korea has escalated, the rift in the Gulf has become deeper, not only between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and major arms control treaties are at stake. In the last year, the world got closer – much too close! – to the brink of significant conflict, and we must do whatever we can to move away from the brink.

It is in this context that the Munich Security Conference Foundation publishes its annual Munich Security Report (Initiates file downloaddownload the report as a PDF here). Under the heading "To the Brink - and Back?", the Munich Security Report 2018 provides an overview of major security policy issues and features data, analyses, maps and infographics. As a companion and impulse for the 54th edition of the Munich Security Conference, the Munich Security Report serves as background reading for conference participants, but is also made available to the general public. The last report was downloaded close to 35,000 times and received ample press coverage in both German and international media.

This year's main topics include the crises of the liberal international order and the impact of the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency. It also looks at the new momentum in European defense policy and the potential impact of Brexit. In addition, the report analyses regional developments in Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. It also provides insights into the state of global nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation efforts, the issue of environmental and climate security as well as cyber security.

The Munich Security Report features a number of exclusive and unpublished materials. For the preparation of the report, the Munich Security Conference has collaborated with renowned partner institutions, including the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), McKinsey & Company, the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), Oxford Economics, the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) and the RAND Corporation.


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Munich Security Report 2017: "Post-Truth, Post-West, Post-Order?"

Is the world facing an era shaped by disorder and by illberal actors? On February 13, 2017, several days ahead of the 53rd edition of the Munich Security Conference, the Munich Security Conference Foundation publishes the third edition of its annual report on key issues in international security (click here for an online version or download the full report as a PDF).

Under the title "Post-Truth, Post-West, Post-Order?", the Munich Security Report offers a wide variety of analyses, data, statistics, infographics, and maps on major developments and challenges in international security.

The report aims to serve as a companion and impulse for the discussions at the Munich Security Conference 2017 and as background for participants. At the same time, it is also made available to security professionals and the interested public. Last year's report was downloaded more than 25,000 times, with press coverage in both German and international media.

Central topics of the new edition of the Munich Security Report include the crisis of the international order and of liberal democracies as well as European security and defense policy. In addition, the report assembles information on the threat emanating from jihadist groups, propaganda and fake news as security challenges, and the security situation in the Pacific and the Middle East.

The Munich Security Report was prepared in cooperation with numerous renowned institutions and think tanks, including the International Crisis Group, IHS Markit, Chatham House, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Nuclear Threat Initiative, the Hertie School of Governance, and McKinsey & Company.

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Munich Security Report 2016: "Boundless Crises, Reckless Spoilers, Helpless Guardians?"

In the run-up to the Munich Security Conference's 52nd edition (12 to 14 February 2016) the MSC released its second Munich Security Report (MSR) featuring important trends and issues in international security.

Key topics of this edition, entitled "Boundless Crises, Reckless Spoilers, Helpless Guardians," include the crisis of the European security order, the war in Syria and the global activities of jihadist groups. The report also sheds light on the refugee crisis and the security implications of global climate and health policies. More...


"Just like the MSC, which has successfully grown out of its original focus on defense, the report takes a broad approach to security. In addition to what you might expect to find in such a report, like analyses of Russian or Chinese foreign policy or the Syrian war, I was pleased to see that the report also looks at issues like refugee flows, health, climate change and cyber warfare." – Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan about the MSR 2016.

Munich Security Report 2015: "Collapsing Order, Reluctant Guardians?"

On 26 January 2015, ahead of the Munich Security Conference's 51st edition, the MSC published its first Munich Security Report (MSR), an annual digest on critical questions and important trends in international security policy.

Topics of the inaugural edition, entitled "Collapsing Order, Reluctant Guardians?", include the Ukraine crisis, a survey of recent developments in jihadist extremism, new challenges such as hybrid warfare, and the global refugee crisis. More...


"A truly intriguing and thought-provoking paper" – German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen about the MSR 2015.