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Munich Security Conference

Over the past decades the Munich Security Conference has become the major security policy conference worldwide. Each year it brings together senior figures from around the world to engage in an intensive debate on current and future security challenges. The organizers aim is to maintain this high international standard and raise its profile still further.

The Munich Security Conference MSC will continue to address the main security issues of our time. The MSC will debate and analyze the main security challenges, while at the same time constantly looking ahead so as to take up future issues at an early stage. This includes broadening the range of themes covered, in line with the concept of networked security.

The MSC´s intention is to ensure that the Munich Security Conference remains the most important independent forum for the exchange of views by international security policy decision-makers. BACK TO PAGE

Ambassador Ischinger is the Chairman of the Munich Security Conference. He is also Global Head of Government Relations, Allianz SE, Munich.

From 2006 to 2008, he was the Federal Republic of Germany’s Ambassador to London. Prior to this assignment, he was the German Ambassador to the United States of America from 2001 to 2006, and from 1998 to 2001 Deputy Foreign Minister. In 2007, he represented the European Union in the troika negotiations on the future of Kosovo.

The Munich Security Conference has a long tradition and, over the past decades, has become a not-to-be-missed event in the field of worldwide security policy. Founded in 1962 as the Wehrkunde Conference by the German publisher Ewald von Kleist, the Conference’s themes have developed in line with the security challenges. While at the beginning the security threats in the Euro-Atlantic area were the central themes discussed by the Cabinet Ministers, members of parliament, high-ranking representatives of the armed forces, scientists and representatives of the media who met in Munich, later Conferences extended their scope to include new issues and other regions. From 1999 onwards, the Conference hosted by Horst Teltschik increasingly involved Central and Eastern European and Asian countries, and business representatives were invited to take part.