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Wolfgang Ischinger

Former Chairman of the Munich Security Conference

Wolfgang Ischinger is Professor Emeritus of Security Policy and Diplomatic Practice. Currently, he is a Senior Fellow at the Hertie School and Founding Director of the School's Centre for International Security. He has been Chairman of the Munich Security Conference from 2008 until 2022 and is now President of the Foundation Council. From 2006 to 2008, he was Germany's Ambassador to the United Kingdom, and from 2001 to 2006, he was Ambassador to the United States.

"A highly respected figure in the world of diplomacy"

Wolfgang Ischinger

In detail

Wolfgang Ischinger studied law at the universities of Bonn and Geneva where he obtained his law degree. He continued studying international law, foreign economic relations and history at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, USA. Ischinger previously held a wide range of diplomatic and policymaking positions, including State Secretary (Deputy Foreign Minister, 1998-2001). In 2007, he served as the EU representative in the Troika negotiations on Kosovo. In 2014, he was the representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for the National Dialogue Roundtables in Ukraine before serving as Chairman of the OSCE-mandated Panel of Eminent Persons on European Security as a Common Project in 2015.

What he offers you

He is an influential titan of politics, renowned for his fiery dedication to fostering global peace and safeguarding security on a grand scale. Enthralling crowds with his captivating oratory skills, his vast reservoir of wisdom amassed over countless years of delving into the intricacies of diplomacy and international relations sets him apart, making him an irresistible voice in the speaking arena.

How he presents

In his invaluable and eloquent presentations, Wolfgang Ischinger stresses the importance that we make the best possible use of the strategic opportunities that lie before us to strengthen US-European cooperation across a wide spectrum of issues of common concern.


He presents in German and English.

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  • The Central Security Issues of our Time
  • International Negotiating Processes
  • Foreign Policy
  • Security
  • Arms Control Policy
  • European & Transatlantic Issues
  • The Future of the Security Architecture of Europe: "Europe Whole, Free, and United"

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