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Munich Young Leaders 2019

From 15 - 17 February 2019, the eleventh generation of Munich Young Leaders gathered in Munich. The Munich Young Leaders 2019 are a group of young foreign and security policy experts from more than 20 nations.

The Munich Young Leaders discussed a broad range of topics with high-ranking participants of the Conference, such as Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Republic of Estonia, Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President of the United States of America, Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, and Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, United Nations.

List of Participants (PDF)

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  • Discussion contributions

    Photos: Marc Darchinger

    Sunday, 17 February 2018
    Discussion with Kersti Kaljulaid

    At the conclusion of an exciting weekend at the Munich Security Conference, the Munich Young Leaders met for a working breakfast with Kersti Kaljulaid, president of the Republic of Estonia. At this round table, the topic of the discussions was cybersecurity. President Kaljulaid and the Munich Young Leaders discussed the influence of technology on foreign relations and the chances and threats of global digitalization.

    Saturday, 16 February 2018
    Discussion with Major General Yao Yunzhu

    The last background discussion of the day dealt with relations between China and the United States. Is China entering a Cold War with the US? Major General Yao Yunzhu, Director Emeritus of the Center on China-American Defence Relations at China’s People's Liberation Army, talked about the risk of escalation in the South China Sea and tensions between China, its neighbors and the United States.

    Saturday, 16 February 2018
    Discussion with Günther H. Oettinger

    In the late afternoon, the Munich Young Leaders met with Günther H. Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources. The debate revolved around the EU budget, European values and the future of the EU after brexit.

    Saturday, 16 February 2018
    Discussion with Ng Eng Hen

    For lunch, the Munich Young Leaders got the chance to discuss with Ng Eng Hen, Minister of Defence of the Republic of Singapore. Dr. Ng spoke about security issues in the Asia-Pacific region and discussed the necessity of preserving the multilateral rules-based order in an era of uncertainty.

    Saturday, 16 February 2018
    Discussion with Christine Lagarde

    Where will the next financial crises come from? Which economies are economically rising? These questions where discussed at an inspiring early breakfast with Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Madame Lagarde also talked about the challenges for female leaders, who are still underrepresented on the international stage.

    Friday, 15 February 2018
    Discussion with Ivanka Trump

    In the early evening, the Munich Young Leaders got the chance to meet with Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President of the United States of America. She talked about the role of women empowerment in international relations and her Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, a new fund at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to support proposals that enable women to succeed in the economy. During the discussion she emphasized the role of women for global stability.

    Friday, 15 February 2018
    Discussion with Rosemary DiCarlo

    The first background discussion as part of the exclusive programme for the Munich Young Leaders was held with Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs at the United Nations. Rosemary DiCarlo spoke about the role of the UN in Conflict prevention. Participants discussed the biggest threats to global peace and security, how the UN will tackle those threats, and possible ways in which the UN engagement can be shaped more effectively.

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    Photos: Marc Darchinger

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  • Videos

    Four Munich Young Leaders share their impressions of the 55th Munich Security Conference in short video clips:

    Guest Commentary

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

    Don’t let late-night tweets distract you

    Despite President Trump’s continuous critique of NATO, most members of his own administration are staunch advocates of the Alliance. Congressional members across both parties and chambers are working towards strengthening NATO. Read the whole comment on FAZ.net by Naz Durakoğlu, Senior Foreign Policy Advisor at the US Senate and Munich Young Leader 2019.
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    Brexit and Europe’s security

    Great Britain and the EU will remain strong allies, even after Brexit. But a Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) of the EU that would compete with NATO, would weaken European security. Read on FAZ.net the comment of Alan Mak, Member of the UK parliament (House of Commons) and Munich Young Leader 2019.
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