Wolfgang Ischinger knows German foreign policy. He was the country’s deputy foreign minister from 1998 to 2001. He was its ambassador to Washington from 2001 to 2006. Then he spent two years as its man in London. Since then he has been chair of the Munich Security Conference (MSC), the world’s most important independent gathering of foreign and security policy experts. Most major leaders of the recent years—Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton, Vladimir Putin, François Hollande, Ali Khamenei—have been his guest. Few people have a more expansive perspective on Germany’s role in the world. Continue reading.

This interview appeared in The Economist on May 30, 2017. Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger is Chairman of the Munich Security Conference and a member of the AICGS Board of Trustees.