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Munich Young Leaders 2018

For the tenth time, young foreign and security policy experts gathered on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference from 15 - 18 February 2018.

List of Participants

Agenda

Blog, in which two Munich Young Leaders are sharing their experiences

Discussion contributions

Photos: Marc Darchinger

Sunday, 18 February 2018
Discussion with Jens Spahn

At the conclusion of the Munich Security Conference, the Munich Young Leaders met the Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance, Jens Spahn. Topics of the talk were Germany’s role in Europe and the possible foreign policy of a new federal government.

Sunday, 18 February 2018
Discussion with Ng Eng Hen

Sunday began with a working breakfast with the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Singapore, Ng Eng Hen. In an open discussion, the minister and the participants exchanged views on the future challenges for global security.

Saturday, 17 February 2018
Discussion with Ursula von der Leyen

After a very interesting discussion at the last year’s conference, Federal Minister of Defence, Ursula von der Leyen, once again met with the Munich Young Leaders. The last debate of the day evolved around the question of Germany’s role in Europe and the world and a possible vision for the future of European and transatlantic military cooperation.

Saturday, 17 February 2018
Discussion with Herbert Raymond McMaster

In the early evening, the Munich Young Leaders got the chance to discuss with H. R. McMaster, National Security Advisor to the President of the United States of America. At this round table, McMaster touched upon a broad range of topics concerning global security and US foreign policy: from the nuclear conflict with North Korea and the Iran deal to the war in Syria.

Saturday, 17 February 2018
Discussion with Tzipi Livni

For lunch on Saturday, the Munich Young Leaders met with Tzipi Livni, Head of HaTnua Party, Co-leader of the Zionist Union Party, former Acting Prime Minister and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel. After an overview about the role of Israel in the region, the participants discussed the conflict in Syria and its effect on the security of Israel.

Saturday, 17 February 2018
Discussion with Jeffrey Feltman

The first discussions of the day took place with Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs at the United Nations. What is the role of the United Nations in crisis prevention? And how does the United Nations respond to the various conflicts that have already evolved? In the course of the discussion, the participants pursued the question how effective different instruments are that are being used in conflict prevention and crisis management.

Friday, 16 February 2018
Discussion with Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar met with the 10th class of the Munich Young Leaders to talk about the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and the Gulf Cooperation Council. The ensuing discussion furthermore covered the relations of Qatar with other regional and global actors.

Friday, 16 February 2018
Discussion with Mark Leonard

Which events influenced the generation of the Munch Young Leaders in their perception of security challenges? And which challenges do they identify for the future? The Munich Young Leaders discussed these questions in an interactive format with Mark Leonard, Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Friday, 16 February 2018
Discussion with Anders Fogh Rasmussen

At the start of their program, the Munich Young Leaders met with former Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Besides a number of global security challenges, especially the deployment of a possible United Nations peacekeeping force to Eastern Ukraine was discussed.

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Photos: Marc Darchinger

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  • Guest Commentary

    In cooperation with FAZ.net, selected Munich Young Leaders are taking a close look at foreign and security policy issues.

    What we need to do

    Fundamentals should not be questioned. But the inner glue of the transatlantic relationship cannot be the goal in itself for a generation that has a different estimation of proximity.
    by Julia Friedlander
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    Security above all else

    Security is of particular importance to Poland. This desire for security is not only based on historical and emotional reasoning but on sound, rational motives. Agnieszka Łada comments on the Polish demand for security and takes a look at European and transatlantic defense structures.
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    The Kairos of European Defence

    The Kairos, the opportune moment for action, has come. The EU has to fulfil its responsibility and invest more in European defense. Munich Young Leader Jean-Baptiste Jeangène Vilmer examines the possibilities for a credible European Defence Union.
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    Migration that benefits all

    Migration is increasingly seen as a threat rather than an opportunity. Imen Ben Mohamed believes that this is a mistake. Legal migration pathways and a positive discourse are imperative for migration that benefits all.
    read more

    more press reports on the Munich Young Leaders

    The year 2018 will be crucial
    Munich Young Leader Jaiveer Shergill speaks at Deutschland.de about the most threatening conflicts the world is facing in 2018.
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    Economy is the challenge and solution
    In an interview with Deutschland.de Munich Young Leader Imen Ben Mohamed points out economic development as a central aspect for countries in political transition.
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