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Munich Security Conference 2023

17 - 19 February 2023
Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich

The 59th Munich Security Conference (MSC) will take place from February 17 to 19, 2023, at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich. For three days, the MSC 2023 will once again offer an unparalleled platform for high-level debates on the key foreign and security policy challenges of our time. Almost one year after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the MSC 2023 will also provide an opportunity to take stock of alliance cohesion and political commitment to the rules-based international order.

Under the new chairmanship of Ambassador Christoph Heusgen, the MSC will once again welcome a series of high-ranking international decision-makers and experts, including heads of state and government, ministers, and diverse voices from international organizations, civil society, the private sector and the media. 

adelphi at MSC 2023

Head of Programme Janani Vivekananda is moderating the panel 'Weathering security risks in a changing climate' and co-hosting a climate security scenario on the Lake Chad basin together with the German Federal Foreign Office and UNDP.

One year after the "Zeitenwende"

Russia's full-blown invasion of Ukraine, launched a few days after the MSC 2022, has been widely perceived as a watershed moment or "Zeitenwende". The brutal war has not only led to enormous suffering in Ukraine, but has also exacerbated crises in other parts of the world. What does the world look like a year after the beginning of the invasion? Is the war an indicator of a more violent world, in which impunity prevails, the strong do what they can, and the weak suffer what they must? Or can it be a catalyst for a global recommitment to a rules-based international order? These and other questions will be at the center of the discussions in Munich.  

In addition to the conference's main program, the MSC will also once again offer a carefully curated selection of official side-events hosted by leading organizations from around the world. From the multitude of received applications for the available slots and will ensure the best possible mix of themes, speakers, and formats. 

Munich Rule as Core Principle 

As has been the case for the past six decades, the entire event and all its many components will be governed by the Munich Rule: Engage and interact with each other: Don't lecture or ignore one another. Whether on or off stage, we encourage our guests to engage with and learn from each other and we expect all our speakers to stand ready to answer questions and engage with the audience at eye level.  

The Munich Security Conference will champion diversity and sustainability in all their forms and stands ready to be measured against its very ambitious goals, be they gender parity amongst speakers or the inclusion of voices from the Global South.  


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