This year’s agenda will focus in particular on the European Union as a global actor and its relations with Russia as well as the United States. In addition, the growing threat to the liberal international order, the numerous conflicts in the Middle East and political developments in the Sahel region will be discussed. Arms control issues will also be a point of emphasis, in particular the tensions over North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme.
Among this year's confirmed participants are UN Secretary-General António Guterres, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
Many heads of state and heads of government have already announced their participation. These include Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May, her Austrian counterpart Chancellor Sebastian Kurz as well as Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. In addition, numerous foreign and defense ministers will be in attendance
As in previous years, the debates of the main programme will be accompanied by more than one hundred side events in 2018. Many internationally renowned institutions and organisations, international NGOs and research institutions use the MSC platform to host discussion sessions and workshops on current topics on the international security agenda, present new research insights, and bring together key decision-makers from particular fields of expertise.
Over the past five decades, the Munich Security Conference, has become a key annual gathering for the international strategic community. Since its foundation in 1963 the MSC has been an independent forum dedicated to promoting peaceful conflict resolution and international cooperation and dialogue.