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Round Table, February 2016

For the eighth time, young foreign and security policy experts from almost 20 nations, the Munich Young Leaders 2016, gathered in Munich from 11 – 14 February 2016. The Munich Young Leaders are the joint young leaders network of Munich Security Conference and Körber Foundation. The Munich Young Leaders discussed with high-ranking participants of the 52nd Munich Security Conference and took part in its program. They included young decision-makers from Germany, selected NATO member and partner states, as well as from states of strategic importance in the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and Africa.

Two Munich Young Leaders shared their experiences in Munich in our Blog:


Photos: Körber Foundation/Marc Darchinger

Sunday, 14 February 2016, Discussion with Ng Eng Hen

The last background discussion of the Munich Young Leaders took place on Sunday morning with the Minister of Defence Ng Eng Hen from Singapore. The Minister, who also had talked to previous classes of Munich Young Leaders, talked about the new security order in Asia and the role that China, Europe and the USA are playing in it. In addition, Ng Eng Hen shared his view on the crises in the Middle East and the related refugee crisis.

Saturday, 13 February 2016, Discussion with Victoria Nuland

Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, United States of America, was the last speaker on Saturday. The debate focused on the crisis in Ukraine, the upcoming NATO Summit in Warsaw and the future of transatlantic relations. Additionally, the participants elaborated on current conflicts in the Middle East and their consequences for the European Union.

Saturday, 13 February 2016, Discussion with Amos Gilad

For lunch the Munich Young Leaders met with Amos Gilad, Director of Policy and Political-Military Affairs in the Israeli Ministry of Defence. After a brief overview by Amos Gilad about the role of Israel in international politics and the countries relationship with the United States of America and Iran, the Young Leaders were able to engage in an interesting and rewarding discussion with questions about the consequences of the civil war in Syria and the situation in Gaza as well as the West Bank.

Saturday, 13 February 2016, Discussion with Alexander Grushko

On Saturday the Munich Young Leaders started their day with anEarly Bird Breakfast. The participants engaged in a discussion with Alexander Grushko, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to NATO about the current relationship between Russia and the NATO member states. Focus of the talks has been the NATO enlargement, the relations between Russia and the United States of America as well as the crisis in Ukraine.

Friday, 12 February 2016, Discussion with Crispin Blunt

Towards the end of an intensive day at the Munich Security Conference the Munich Young Leaders met for a background discussion with Crispin Blunt, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom. Focus of the talk was the Brexit discussions as well as the future of European Foreign and Defence Policy.

Friday, 12 February 2016, MYL Close-up with Cale Salih and Dmitry Gudkov

In the afternoon, the day of the Munich Young Leaders 2016 continued with an internal debate about the conflict in Syria. After a brief statement from Cale Salih and Dmitry Gudkov also other members of the Munich Young Leaders shared their expertise with their MYL-colleagues. The result was a vivid and informative discussion about the Syrian civil war, the Islamic State and the role of global as well as regional powers in the conflict.

Friday, 12 February 2016, Discussion with Ian Bremmer

The second discussion of the Munich Young Leaders 2016 brought the participants together with Dr. Ian Bremmer, President and Founder of the Eurasia Group in New York. The debate concentrated on US Foreign Policy, transatlantic relations and the future of the world order.

Friday, 12 February 2016, Discussion with Fu Ying

Can we reach security and peace through Multi-Level Good Governance? At their first meeting, the Munich Young Leaders 2016 discussed this question with Fu Ying, Chairperson of the Committee on Foreign Affairs at the National People’s Congress in Beijing. They particularly focused on recent initiatives aimed at reviving trade along the Silk Road.

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