Public event

Between states of matter: Competition and cooperation. Presenting the Munich Security Index 2021

How do states with decisive influence in the global realm view each other and core global risks? By presenting exclusive data on perceptions of risk that pervade the societies of G7 and BRICS countries, the Munich Security Index 2021, a joint project by the Munich Security Conference and Kekst CNC, provides unique insights into the scope for interstate cooperation on shared global threats as well as into the patterns of cooperation and competition that are shaped by how societies perceive each other. At the event, MSC and Kekst CNC experts will present and discuss the key findings of the Munich Security Index, which is a core feature of the Munich Security Report 2021, published on June 9, 2021.

This event is co-hosted by the Centre for International Security and the Munich Security Conference.

Guest speakers

Dr. Sophie Eisentraut is a Senior Researcher at the Munich Security Conference (MSC). Prior to joining the MSC in 2018, Sophie was a transatlantic post-doctoral fellow at the German Marshall Fund (GMF) in Washington, DC, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) in Helsinki, and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin, conducting research on the contestation and reform of international organizations and on the effect of regime type on foreign policy behavior. Sophie holds a PhD from Freie Universität Berlin.

Laura Hartmann is a Senior Publications Manager at the Munich Security Conference. Before joining the MSC, Laura was a consultant at McKinsey & Company and a press officer at NATO Headquarters. Originally trained as a journalist in the UK, she gained experience at various news outlets, the German Federal Foreign Office, and the European Commission. She holds a BA Honors in Journalism (University of Kent), an MSc in Theory and History of International Relations (London School of Economics), and an MA in International Security (Sciences Po Paris).

James Johnson is a political adviser and pollster, having previously served as the Senior Opinion Research and Strategy Adviser to Prime Minister Theresa May. He then co-founded a leading polling firm. He writes regularly for The Times and other newspapers, and is a frequent contributor on BBC News, Sky News, and other television stations. He is a Senior Adviser at Kekst CNC, co-leading the firm's global research offer with a focus on qualitative methods.

Dr. Tom Lubbock is a public opinion specialist at Kekst CNC, having previously worked as an academic behavioural scientist at the University of Oxford. He ran analytics and polling at Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ), and he then co-founded a leading polling firm. He now also co-leads Kekst CNC’s global research offer, and works with clients across energy and security sectors on reputation tracking, narrative testing and talent research.


Dr. Tobias Bunde is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for International Security at the Hertie School and the Director of Research & Policy at the Munich Security Conference. He is a political scientist with a research focus on the foreign and security policies of liberal democracies, especially Germany and the United States. Tobias studied International Relations at various institutions in Germany, France, and the United States and holds a PhD from Freie Universität Berlin.

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