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 …Read More

In this article from the Berlin Policy Journal, AICGS Trustee Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger calls for Europe to demonstrate its leadership and a common foreign policy in ending the civil war in Syria. Now that Germany has decided to contribute to anti-IS operations in Syria, the key question is how to end the Syrian civil war, …Read More

As the magnitude of the refugee crisis becomes ever more apparent, Wolfgang Ischinger, head of the Munich Security Conference and an AICGS Trustee, weighs in on the steps Europe and the world must take to stem the crisis, in this article from Focus (in German).  The EU and its partners must find a political solution in …Read More

Trust is above all other elements in international diplomacy, and the host of leaked U.S. electronic surveillance programs have sunk German-American relations lower than during the crisis over the Iraq war in 2003. In his recent New York Times opinion, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger points to “bad management and hubris” as this crisis’ driving problem. An …Read More

Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger speaks to the future of German foreign and security policy with light on Germany’s responsibilities in the international community. Chairman of the Munich Security Conference as well as an AICGS Trustee, Ambassador Ischinger delivered this speech, titled “Hauptstadtrede,” at an event hosted by Stiftung Zukunft Berlin at the Allianz Forum in Berlin …Read More

Botschafter Wolfgang Ischinger ist Vorsitzender der Münchener Sicherheitskonferenz sowie Mitglied des AICGS Kuratorium. Seine Rede „Hauptstadtrede“, die er am 26. September bei einer Veranstaltung der Stiftung Zukunft Berlin im Allianz Forum Berlin hielt, thematisiert die internationalen Erwartungen an Deutschland und deren Bedeutung für die Zukunft der deutschen Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik. Read in English Einleitung Die …Read More

This essay by AICGS Trustee Wolfgang Ischinger argues that recent memory of Afghanistan and Iraq mislead expectations from more analogous conflicts, such as Bosnia in 1995, and that this “Problem from Hell” is, again, no excuse to ignore the already weak norm of Responsibility to Protect.

In a recent Op-Ed from the New York Times entitled Germans Love Europe, but Not the Euro, former German Ambassador to the United States Wolfgang Ischinger explains how Germany’s reluctance to fully embrace the euro, along with their love of the status quo, has led to their slow efforts at fixing the Union’s crisis. For Chancellor Merkel to lead Europe out of this crisis, she will need to convince Germany that any rescue measures are not simply for the currency, but for the future of the entire Union.

The German people have developed a preference for the status quo, writes AICGS Trustee and former German Ambassador to the United States Wolfgang Ischinger. The world is fundamentally changing, yet German politicians are responding passively in concert with the status quo preference, a shortsighted view that does nothing but harm future generations of Germans and Europeans, Ischinger argues. This essay originally appeared in the July 6, 2011, edition of Der Spiegel.

Cover Forging the future of Germany and Europe

The questions, choices, and decisions that Germany of 2010 faces today are vastly different than those the two Germanys confronted over two decades ago. This special publication, made possible by the Dräger Foundation, looks back not only at the changes in Germany as they unfolded in 1989 and 1990, but offers views on Germany’s role in Europe and the world in the decades to come.

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