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MUNICH — (MunichNOW News) — Over the past five decades the Munich Security Conference (MSC), the world’s largest, has become a key annual gathering for the international “strategic community.” Since its foundation in 1963 as “Internationale Wehrkunde-Begegnung,” the MSC has been an independent forum dedicated to promoting peaceful conflict resolution and international cooperation and dialogue in dealing with today’s and future security challenges. It has especially focused on the transatlantic partnership.

Herbert Raymond McMaster (Lieutenant General, National Security Advisor to the President, United States of America). MunichNOW Munich Security Conference -- Image source: MSC / Kuhlmann
Herbert Raymond McMaster (Lieutenant General, National Security Advisor to the President, United States of America). MunichNOW Munich Security Conference — Image source: MSC / Kuhlmann

You can find a short overview of the conference’s history here. For further information on the MSC’s evolution and its goals, also read the essay “Towards Mutual Security: From Wehrkunde to the Munich Security Conference” by Wolfgang Ischinger, published in 2014 in the book “Towards Mutual Security – Fifty Years of Munich Security Conference.

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MunichNOW Munich Security Conference — Theresa May (Prime Minister, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland). Image source: MSC / Kuhlmann

In addition to the traditional annual conference in Munich in early February, the MSC has developed smaller formats, including, in particular, MSC Core Group Meetings and Cyber Security Summits, to discuss key challenges in international security policy in different capitals around the world:

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MunichNOW Munich Security Conference Entrance of Hotel Bayerischer Hof. Image source: MSC / Kuhlmann

MSC 2018 "Day 1" Impressions

"The world has moved closer – much too close – to the brink of major interstate war. We need steps away from the brink."– Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security ConferenceAs Day 2 of the Munich Security Conference 2018 is about to start, we have already witnessed many memorable moments from yesterday's program. Take a look at some of our impressions from Friday at #MSC2018, and let us know what stood out to you!

Posted by Munich Security Conference on Friday, February 16, 2018