Over the past five decades, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) has become the major global forum for the discussion of security policy. Each February, it brings together more than 450 senior decision-makers from around the world, including heads-of-state, ministers, leading personalities of international and non-governmental organizations, as well as high ranking representatives of industry, media, academia, and civil society, to engage in an intensive debate on current and future security challenges.
In addition to its annual flagship conference, the MSC regularly convenes high-profile events on particular topics and regions and publishes the Munich Security Report
. All its activities aim at offering the best possible platforms for a frank and open exchange of ideas and opinions.
In 2017, the MSC was once again named "Best Think Tank Conference"
in the world by an extensive University of Pennsylvania study.
For further information on the MSC's evolution since its foundation in 1963 as "Internationale Wehrkunde-Begegnung", also read the essay "Towards Mutual Security: From Wehrkunde to the Munich Security Conference"
by Wolfgang Ischinger, published in 2014 in the book "Towards Mutual Security - Fifty Years of Munich Security Conference"