MSC Session

Great Expectations – “Climate-Proofing” Europe’s Foreign and Security Policy (by invitation only)
22 September, 3:00-4:15 pm

Climate change is set to become a dominant threat to German and European security. In fact, in many geographical areas of strategic importance to the European Union, the changing climate is already a significant source of insecurity. For example, in Mali and Somalia peacekeeping and stabilization efforts operate in environments that are highly exposed to the effects of climate change such as changing weather patterns. Yet in practice, climate change is still all too often only an afterthought rather than an integral part of strategic and operational planning. 
This MSC Digital Conversation aimed at investigating how climate security can be mainstreamed into German and European foreign and security policy. Furthermore, it explored what other countries, close partners and particularly affected regions expect from the European Union, and Germany in particular, as climate security actors.

Ottilia Anna MaunganidzeHead of Special Projects, Office of the Executive Director, Institute for Security Studies 


  • John Kerry, Distinguished Fellow for Global Affairs, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University; former Secretary of State of the United States of America; Member of the Advisory Council, Munich Security Conference Foundation
  • Boris Ruge, Ambassador, Vice-Chairman of the Munich Security Conference
  • Niels Annen, Minister of State, German Federal Foreign Office
  • Ilwad Elman, Chief Operating Officer, Elman Peace Mogadishu
  • Matthias Berninger, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, Science and Sustainability, Bayer AG
  • Raffaele Mauro Petriccione, Director General, Directorate General for Climate Action, European Commission, Brussels

A summary of this closed session is available here.