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Munich Young Leaders, February 2017

For the ninth time, young foreign and security policy experts gathered on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference from 16 – 19 February 2017.




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

Sunday, 19.02. 2017,
Discussion with Alexander Grushko

The last Round Table of this year’s Munich Young Leaders program took place with Alexander Grushko, Permanent Representative of Russia to NATO, whom earlier MYL classes also had a chance to meet. The discussion took off on the topic “What future for Russian-Western relations” and centered on the relation to the USA and Russia’s role in the Middle East.

Photos: Marc Darchinger

Saturday, 18 February 2017,
Discussion with Fu Ying

At the last Round Table of the day the Munich Young Leaders got the chance to discuss with Madame Fu Ying, Chairperson of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the National People’s Congress of China. The discussion started off on “Seeking Security and Peace through Multi-Level Good Governance” and soon focused on China’s foreign trade and its position within the regional security architecture.

Saturday, 18 February 2017,
Discussion with Ursula von der Leyen

Even Federal Minister of Defense, Ursula von der Leyen, found some time in her busy schedule for a Round Table talk with the Munich Young Leaders. The obvious topic of the discussion was “Germany’s and Europe’s Role and Responsibility in the World”. Our Young Leaders had quite a few questions to pose to the minister, asking about some specific involvements of Germany in the World, setting out from the “Munich Consensus” of 2014. A positive outlook at the end were some remarks on women in the field of security politics and policy making.

Saturday, 18 February 2017,
Discussion with Fatou Bensouda

For a very inspiring discussion over lunch Dr. Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court at The Hague, met with the Munich Young Leaders. “The Promise and Challenges of the International Criminal Court” was proposed as the main topic, which reflected in the many questions this year’s class had on their minds on many current issues concerning human rights and war crimes and also on the general capacity for action of the ICC.

Saturday, 18 February 2017,
Discussion with Ng Eng Hen

The speaker at our first Round Table of the day was Ng Eng Hen, Minister of Defence of Singapore, who already met quite a few classes of Munich Young Leaders in the past years. Headlining topic of the session was “A Reset of the Global Order”, and the discussion soon focused on influence and position of the USA and China in a global context.

Friday, 17 February 2017,
Discussion with Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum, Columnist with the Washington Post and Director of the Transitions Forum of Legatum Institute, stopped by for the last MYL Round Table of the day. “The Future of the West: What is at stake?” was set as the general topic and the discussion shortly focused on generating truth and facts in politics and media – in the West and the world in general.

Friday, 17 February 2017,
Discussion with Ahmet Üzümcü

What are chances and challenges in the process of the prohibition of chemical weapons? This question was posed to Ahmet Üzümcü, Director General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, in the fourth Munich Young Leaders Round Table 2017. As one of the central problems of the prohibition the inefficient international cooperation on the topic was identified.

Friday, 17 February 2017,
Discussion with Sven Mikser

Munich Young Leader of 2010, Sven Mikser, who is now Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, stopped by this year’s class to talk about making foreign policy at most challenging times. The ensuing discussion with the Munich Young Leaders centered on the complex relations of a number of countries with Russia.

Friday, 17 February 2017,
Discussion with Ine Eriksen Søreide

“Security in Europe and NATO’s Collective Defence Ability – Is Europe able to defend itself?” About this the Munich Young Leaders discussed with Ine Eriksen Søreide, the Minister of Defence of Norway. The discussion focused mostly on the inner cohesion of the EU and the impact of that on non-EU members and the world in general.

Friday, 17 February 2017,
Discussion with Vigen Sargsyan

The Opening Discussion of this year’s Munich Young Leaders’ program took place with Vigen Sargsyan, Minister of Defence of Armenia, who was a Munich Young Leader himself in 2009. The main topic of the discussion were regional dynamics in Eurasia and Armenia’s role, especially the close relationship between Russia and Armenia.

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