A new approach to global security: MSC meets in New Delhi [updated]

On October 21 and 22, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) will host its next Core Group Meeting in New Delhi in partnership with the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), New Delhi. The meeting is co-hosted by the Chairman of the MSC, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, and the Director of the ORF, Sunjoy Joshi.

Around 70 senior decision-makers from politics, business, media and civil society from India, as well as the Euro-Atlantic, Asian and the Middle East region will come together to discuss key issues of international security policy. The conference is actively supported by the Indian government as well as by the German Ambassador to India Michael Steiner.

High-ranking participants
The following prominent speakers and participants are expected at the MSC Core Group Meeting in New Delhi:

  • José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, Foreign Minister of Mexico
  • Umer Daudzai, Minister of the Interior of Afghanistan
  • Joseph M. Cohen, National Security Advisor of Israel
  • Markus Ederer, Deputy Foreign Minister of Germany
  • Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia
  • Shashi Tharoor, Chairman of the Indian Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs
  • Norbert Röttgen, Chairman of the German Bundestag’s Foreign Affairs Committee
  • Hans-Peter Bartels, Chairman of the German Bundestag’s Defence Committee
  • Cem Özdemir, Federal Chairman, Alliance 90/The Greens and Member of the German Bundestag
  • Anvar Azimov, Ambassador-at-Large of the Russian Foreign Ministry
  • John McLaughlin, former Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
  • Robert Blackwill, former U.S. Ambassador to India and former U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor
  • Jane Harman, Director and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


The host nation will be represented among others by:

  • Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor
  • Sujatha Singh, Foreign Secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs
  • Arvind Gupta, Deputy National Security Advisor
  • Navtej Sarna, Secretary (West) of the Ministry of External Affairs
  • Ananth Guruswamy, Director of Amnesty International India


Focus on regional and global security
The conference will be opened by National Security Advisor Ajit Kumar Doval with a keynote speech on Indian foreign and security policy and will focus on global and regional security challenges such as the conflicts in the Middle East and the situation in Afghanistan after the 2014 NATO withdrawal. Questions of maritime security in the Indo-Pacific, cyber security, Euro-Atlantic and Asian regional security architectures as well as global governance and the role of emerging powers will also be discussed.
Information for media representatives
Media representatives are cordially invited to follow the opening keynote speech by National Security Advisor Ajit Kumar Doval and the subsequent plenary session on “Emerging Powers and Global Governance”, taking place on October 21 from 10.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. This part of the conference will be open to the public. We also invite you to join us for an informal networking lunch on October 21 from 1.00 p.m. to 2.30 p.m., which creates an opportunity for open exchange and discussions with conference participants.

You are also welcome to continue following the conference on the afternoon of October 21 and on October 22 in our listening room. But please take note that these sessions will be held under Chatham House Rule, encouraging lively and open discussions among decision-makers present. Thus, neither the identity nor the affiliation of speakers or discussants may be revealed. Furthermore, we are happy to offer interview opportunities with selected participants during the conference.

About the MSC Core Group Meetings
Since 2009, the MSC has been holding Core Group Meetings in key capitals around the world. The first five Core Group Meetings took place in Beijing, Doha, Moscow, and twice in Washington, D.C. These meetings are intended to give a small, exclusive group of high-ranking participants an opportunity to discuss key issues of international security policy in an intimate setting. The intention is for ideas generated by the Core Group Meeting to contribute to the further development of the Munich Security Conference.

Oliver Joachim Rolofs
Press Spokesperson and Head of Communications
Munich Security Conference

Phone:+49-89-37979 4920
Mob:   +49-172-512 0159
Mob:   +91-96-50 81 02 67
E-mail: press@securityconference.de


Vidyadharan M P
Additional Director, Communications
Observer Research Foundation (ORF)

Phone: 99 58 93 33 37
E-Mail: vidyadharan@orfonline.org

The press release is also available for download (PDF document).

17. Oktober 2014, von MSC